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2000 GMC Sonoma Review

Fun to drive truck that skimps on build quality.

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Overview

The 2000 GMC Sonoma is a sportier, more versatile pickup truck than much of the competition. The main benefit is, in fact, its versatility; it is able to handle most driving situations if properly equipped. Driving it is a dream, and the combinations of body and interior will fit most desires. Unfortunately, there are too many cheap parts, and bad bits of build quality to recommend it over the competition.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: GMC Sonoma SL Extended Cab, GMC Sonoma SLS Sport Extended Cab, GMC Sonoma SLE Extended Cab, GMC Sonoma SL Regular Cab, GMC Sonoma SLS Sport Regular Cab, GMC Sonoma SLE Regular Cab

What's New

The 2000 GMC Sonoma has a few upgrades, including a V-6 engine on the four-wheel-drive vehicles, which also come equipped with trailer suspension. The four-wheel-drive long bed and High-Rider regular cab models are dropped.

Exterior

The 2000 GMC Sonoma comes in three body sizes. The regular cab model comes equipped with a six-foot bed and measures in at 191 inches in length. A larger bed, measuring 7.5 feet, extends the length to 207 inches. The extended cab model comes equipped with a six-foot bed and measures 205 inches from front to back. Those models with a six-foot bed have the option of flared fenders. All models come with a heavy duty suspension, power brakes, tinted glass, and daytime running lights.

Interior

The 2000 GMC Sonoma comes equipped with a front bench seat that accommodates three passengers, or a pair of bucket seats that accommodates two. The extended cab models come equipped with two jump seats in the back. Models that come equipped with the optional third door that provides easy access are missing the jump seat on the driver’s side. The trim needs a serious redesign if it is to compete with the likes of Ford and Chevy in the pickup department. Standard features include a rear step bumper, cloth seating, power steering, and an AM/FM audio system. Optional features include bucket seats, a center console, keyless entry, hinged third door, tachometer, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, privacy glass, power windows, power locks, and an upgraded audio entertainment system.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 GMC Sonoma comes equipped with one of two engine types. The base model comes with a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 120 horsepower. This engine is pretty fuel-efficient when it comes to pickup trucks. The engine is meant to run on a diesel ethanol mixture to keep pollutants down as well. A powerful V-6 engine is also available. It produces 180 horsepower when equipped optionally to a two-wheel-drive model, and 190 horsepower when equipped with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. All models are available in two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Four-wheel-drive vehicles come equipped with a GM Insta-Trac system, which allows drivers to switch from two-wheel to four-wheel drive with a flip of a switch on the dashboard. When it is equipped with the ZQ8 suspension and the sport package, this little pickup will really move.

Safety

The 2000 GMC Sonoma comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, daytime running lamps, and driver and passenger front airbags. The NHTSA gave it a pretty poor safety rating. It received three out of five stars for passenger safety, two out of five stars for driver safety, and three out of five stars for side impact to the front. The IIHS gave a score of ""marginal,"" its second worst, for frontal offset collisions.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Sonoma 2.2-liter two-wheel drive five-speed manual flex fuel: 20/25 mpg city/highway
GMC Sonoma 2.2-liter two-wheel drive five-speed manual: 20/24 mpg city/highway
GMC Sonoma 2.2-liter two-wheel drive four-speed automatic flex fuel: 17/24 mpg city/highway
GMC Sonoma 2.2-liter two-wheel drive four-speed automatic: 17/21 mpg city/highway
GMC Sonoma 4.3-liter V-6 two-wheel drive five-speed manual: 16/21 mpg city/highway
GMC Sonoma 4.3-liter V-6 two-wheel drive four-speed automatic: 15/20 mpg city/highway
GMC Sonoma 4.3-liter V-6 four-wheel drive five-speed manual: 15/20 mpg city/highway
GMC Sonoma 4.3-liter V-6 four-wheel drive four-speed automatic: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sporty
  • Fuel-efficient four-cylinder
  • Powerful V-6 engine

You Won't Like

  • Ho-hum styling
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Bad build quality
  • Low seating

Sum Up

Fun to drive truck that skimps on build quality.

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