The GMC Sonoma is a compact pickup truck. It was only the second American compact pickup to appear on the market, introduced after Jeep's but before Ford's. It was produced from 1982 to 2004 in Shreveport, Louisiana and Linden, New Jersey; after 2004, production moved to South America. The Sonoma is considered a serviceable smaller option for large jobs like towing or transporting heavy material.
The 2004 Sonoma gets 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. It has a 4.3 liter V-6 engine that offers 190 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. The 2004 version offered only four-wheel drive and a four-speed automatic transmission. The cab can hold over 1,067 pounds, and the pickup towing capacity is 5,200 pounds. The cargo bed is over 4.5 feet long, and a bedliner comes standard.
The Sonoma was made in two generations. The first was from 1982 to 1993. Until 1991, the truck was known as the GMC S-15. It first came out with a 1.9 liter LR1 Isuzu I4, two-barrel engine. It offered 84 horsepower and 101 pound-feet of torque. The second model, the Sonoma GT, was released in 1992. It had a 4.3 liter V-6 Vortec engine. The transmissions were either three-, four-, or five-speed automatic or five-speed manual. The second generation was available from 1994 to 2004. In this second generation, all special models were discontinued.It had an enhanced 4.3 liter Vortec V-6 and a 2.2 liter four-cylinder engine. Driver's side air bags were added and all-wheel drive became an option.
The basic package includes high-back, manually reclining seats; AM/FM stereo with CD player and speed-compensated volume; leather-wrapped steering wheel; and manual air conditioning. The convenience package includes tilt-wheel, cruise control, power windows, door locks with lighted switches, remote keyless entry, and power-heated, foldaway outside rear-view mirrors. The preferred equipment package includes a sliding second row window, carpeted seat-backs, illuminated passenger and driver seat mirrors, a full-size spare tire, and front fog lights.
The Sonoma received several accolades. It was named the Best Compact Pickup in Initial Quality by J.D. Power and Associates in 2001, a Best Fuel Economy by The Car Book" and a Best Buy by "Consumer Guide 2001". It was included in the Top Five Vehicles in Price Per Pound by "Automobile Magazine" in 1988 and "Car And Driver" recommended it as a vehicle that offers true truck utility and some sporty car moves.
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