2004 GMC Sonoma

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Key Specs

of the 2004 GMC Sonoma. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Manageable dimensions
  • Interior space
  • Performance

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2004 GMC Sonoma

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

2004 GMC Sonoma Overview

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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 fr...
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.

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(4.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

nice truck

by 4x4 trail from tracy, ca on March 29, 2012

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

(4.0)

Love my truck

by Owner from West Palm Beach, FL on May 23, 2007

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 ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 GMC Sonoma currently has 0 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sonoma received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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