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1995 GMC Sonoma

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1995 GMC Sonoma Review

GMC pickup quality in a compact.

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The 1995 GMC Sonoma classifies as a compact pickup truck based on the S-Series design. With a lower price tag, better fuel economy, and a smaller frame, compact pickup trucks provide a more convenient option for many drivers. The smaller Sonoma can be more easily parked in crowded areas. However, despite the smaller size, the Sonoma accomplishes many of the tasks of a full-size pickup.

The GMC Sonoma makes a solid choice for drivers who want the power of a pickup truck, but feel a bit wary of the inconvenient bulk of a full-size pickup. The lower base price and higher fuel economy also make it an excellent choice from a financial standpoint. Some drivers need the extra power and capacity that only a full-size pickup truck provides, but those are few and far between. Overall, the Sonoma provides a solid pickup truck option, even for people not specifically looking for compacts.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 4.3-liter six-cylinder, 5.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: GMC Sonoma SL, GMC Sonoma SLE, GMC Sonoma SLS, GMC Sonoma SLS Sport

What's New

The 1995 GMC Sonoma comes equipped with a driver airbag and running lights as standard equipment. Keyless entry becomes available as an option.


The GMC Sonoma measures 188.8 inches long and sits on a wheelbase of 108 inches, which seems fairly typical for a compact pickup truck. The GMC Sonoma offers a regular or extended cab. Alloy wheels provide optional equipment on the Sonoma.


Similar to many pickup trucks on the market, the 1995 GMC Sonoma does not provide much in the way of creature comforts. An AM/FM radio provides the only really notable standard feature. A cassette player, a CD player, cruise control, power windows, power locks, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and air-conditioning comprise the list of optional features.

Performance & Handling

The Sonoma offers solid performance and handling. It offers nothing particularly amazing compared to its peers, but it also does not seem noticeably weaker. The six-cylinder gives the 1995 GMC Sonoma ample acceleration. The maneuverability and turning proves adequate. The Sonoma does not provide a difficult drive, but everyone notices a marked difference between operating a Sonoma and an average passenger vehicle.


The 1995 GMC Sonoma includes a driver airbag, traction control, and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Sonoma 2.2-liter four-cylinder: 18/24 mpg city/highway
GMC Sonoma 4.3-liter six-cylinder: 15/21 mpg city/highway
GMC Sonoma 5.2-liter six-cylinder: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • One of the best values available for compact trucks

You Won't Like

  • Ignoring price, most of the competition outperforms it
  • Weak list of standard equipment

Sum Up

GMC pickup quality in a compact.

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