Toyota trucks were introduced to the American markets in 1964 with a model known as the Stout. Four years later, the Stout was replaced by the Hi-Lux. For the next eight years, until 1976, Toyota gradually improved on this bare bones, metal dash and single bench utility truck. The bed was extended to 7.1 feet, it won "Pick Up Truck of The Year" in 1974 from "Pick Up, Van, and 4x4," and the engine grew in power. In 1976, the truck lost its name and was simply known as the Toyota compact truck. The simple title stuck until the Tacoma was introduced in 1995. The 1986 Toyota compact truck had the following features:
The 1986 Toyota compact truck was offered in a couple different trims. These included the base model, which came with either a short or long bed; The one-ton long bed; the DLX, which came in with either a long or short bed, and a regular or extended cabin; and the SR5, which came with either long or short beds and regular or extended cabins.
Toyota last offered a compact diesel engine truck in 1986. That year Toyota also released a supercharged engine for its truck line, in order to compete with Nissan's V6 truck. Toyota would not introduce a V6 truck until 1989.
The 1986 Toyota pickup came standard with a five speed manual transmission, with an optional four speed automatic transmission. The turbo charged model featured a five speed manual transmission that came with a RF1A gear driven transfer case. Instead of the standard 21 spline output shaft, this model of transfer case came with a 23 spline output shaft. In configurations with bench seats, the transmission used a forward shifter, whereas configurations with bucket seats used top shifters. Other trims came with either G54, G52, or W56 five-speed manual transmissions with 21 spline forward shifting transfer cases.