2004 GMC Sonoma

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$24,960

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Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Manageable dimensions
  • Interior space
  • Performance

The bad:

  • Only one cab style offered
  • Aging design
  • No side-impact airbags
  • Fuel economy

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Crew Cab body style
  • Standard 4WD
  • V-6 engine with automatic transmission
  • Standard antilock brakes

2004 GMC Sonoma review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
GMC has launched a new pickup truck called the Canyon for the 2004 model year. Meanwhile, the Sonoma compact pickup, which is a close relative to Chevrolet’s S-10, enters another season but only in four-wheel-drive Crew Cab form. Nothing has changed for the 2004 model year.

A six-CD changer and a ZR5 Appearance Package for Crew Cab pickups became optional during the 2002 model year. A lower-priced version of the SLS Crew Cab, with fewer amenities than its more amply equipped companion, is available.

Crew Cab models have four-wheel drive, a 4.3-liter V-6 engine and four, conventional, front-hinged doors. Only a four-speed-automatic transmission is available, but Sonomas can be fitted with an increased-capacity suspension.

In extended-cab form, Ford’s compact Ranger comes only with two narrow back doors that open toward the rear. Four-door Crew Cab body styles are available on the Dodge Dakota, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.

Exterior
Sonoma Crew Cab pickups ride a 122.9-inch wheelbase and measure 205.3 inches long overall. The cargo bed is just over 4.5 feet long. The Crew Cab’s payload is 1,067 pounds, and the pickup can haul trailers that weigh as much as 5,200 pounds. A bedliner is standard.

GMC’s ZR5 option includes a roof rack and bright aluminum side steps and bed rails. Aluminum wheels hold 15-inch tires on all Sonoma models. Options include a bed extender and either a hard or soft tonneau cover.

Interior
Crew Cab pickups have front buckets and a three-place rear bench seat. All Sonomas have air conditioning, a tachometer, a PassLock theft-deterrent system and a stereo system with a CD player. A cassette/CD system is optional. Heated recliner seats with leather trim also are offered. Delayed interior lighting keeps the dome lamp lit for 15 seconds or until the ignition is switched on once the front doors are closed.

Under the Hood
A 4.3-liter V-6 engine is standard in 2004 models, and it produces 190 horsepower and 250 pounds-feet of torque. Only a four-speed-automatic transmission is available.

General Motors’ Insta-Trac four-wheel-drive system is engaged using a switch on the dashboard; an electronic transfer case permits shifting into or out of 4WD-High while moving. A 4WD-Low mode is meant for use on steep grades or muddy terrain.

Safety
Four-wheel antilock brakes and daytime running lights are standard. Side-impact airbags are not available.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

3.7

Reliable but..

I've been happy with my 2004 GMC Sonoma but it has two serious drawback. First, the front passenger seat. The transfer case for the 4WD intrudes into the leg room of the front passenger. I am perfectly to drive this truck but the passenger seat is truly uncomfortable for an adult. Second the 4WD is activated by a button on the dash. The light goes on but that that doesn't tell if the 4WD is really working. When the 4WD fails the light still goes on. I've had the 4WD fail three times. Other than that this midsize truck just keeps going.

4.9

nice truck

This truck has done everything I've asked it to do. Rides nice great MPG. No problems. Never let me down

4.6

Love my truck

I previously owned a Chevy S-10 extended cab with the 4.3 liter Vortec. Was a great truck but out grew it with a family of 4. The crew cab is very confortable with 2 kids. I really did not need the 4 wheel drive but it was the only way it came.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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