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2001 GMC Sonoma Review

A basic work truck for the exceptional worker.

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The 2001 GMC Sonoma is a work truck with solid performance and handling. It comes in three body styles, with two engine choices, two transmission choices, and five submodels.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab pickup, extended cab pickup, crew cab pickup
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Sonoma SL regular cab, GMC Sonoma SLS regular cab, GMC Sonoma SL extended cab, GMC Sonoma SLS extended cab, GMC Sonoma SLS crew cab

What's New

A new model has been added to the Sonoma line for 2001: a four-door crew cab with a V-6 Vortec engine, automatic transmission, and InstaTrac four-wheel drive. The powertrain has been improved to allow flex-fuel capacity for the four-cylinder engine and the V-6 model now has an incorporated advance control module. Aluminum alloy wheels are new, as are programmable automatic door locks.


Standard exterior features for the 2001 GMC Sonoma include a rear step bumper, a fixed antenna, monotone paint, all-season tires, and a steel spare wheel/tire. Fifteen-inch steel wheels are standard on all models except for the crew cab model, which comes with 15-inch alloy wheels. The extended cab models come with swing-out rear 1/4 windows. The crew cab model comes with power, heated mirrors.


Standard interior features for all models include a day-night rearview mirror, a sun visor strip, fixed front head restraints, a front ashtray, front lighter elements, and retained accessory power. A lighted glove box, dual door bins, front cup holders, and an AM/FM stereo with a digital clock and four speakers are also standard.

Vinyl upholstery and bench front seats are standard for the regular cab SL, while cloth upholstery and split-front bench seats are standard for the regular cab SLS and extended cab models. Cloth upholstery and bucket front seats are standard for the crew cab model. Driver lumbar support is standard for all models except for the regular cab SL.

The SLS comes with a few additional standard features, including a front console with storage, an overhead console with storage, a leather tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, a CD player, 12v power outlets, dual-illuminating vanity mirrors, an external temperature display, and a compass.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 GMC Sonoma regular cab and extended cab models come with the 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine, paired with the five-speed manual transmission. The crew cab model comes with the 4.3-liter, V-6 engine, paired with the four-speed automatic transmission. All models except for the crew cab SLS are rear-wheel-drive. The crew cab SLS has part-time four-wheel drive, with hi-lo gear selection. Automatic locking hubs and cruise control also come standard on this model. The regular cab models are capable of towing 6,000 pounds and carrying 1,184 pounds of cargo. The extended cab models are capable of towing 6,175 pounds and carrying 1,202 pounds of cargo. The crew cab model is capable of towing 5,200 pounds and carrying 1,111 pounds of cargo.

All models have a front short- and long-arm suspension and a leaf rear suspension, meaning the rear suspension is supported by leaf springs. A front anti-roll bar is included as standard equipment to help with stability during cornering. The steering is re-circulating ball steering, and speed-proportional power steering is standard.


The 2001 GMC Sonoma received a ""marginal"" overall rating from the IIHS. The brakes on this vehicle are four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Other standard safety features include side-impact bars, dual front airbags, a front seat center seatbelt, and child seat anchors. Fully automatic headlights, daytime running lights, a center high-mounted stop light, an anti-theft alarm system, PassLock ignition disable, and variable intermittent windshield wipers are also standard.

This vehicle also warns the driver when the battery is low, when the fuel level is low, when the lights are left on, when the key is left in the ignition, and when the turn signal is left on. Regular and Extended cab models come with a passenger airbag deactivation switch and electronic brake force distribution. The SLS crew cab comes with rear door child safety locks, front fog lights, and remote power door locks.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Sonoma SL regular cab: 19/25 mpg city/highway
GMC Sonoma SLS regular cab: 19/25 mpg city/highway
GMC Sonoma SL extended cab: 19/25 mpg city/highway
GMC Sonoma SLS extended cab: 19/25 mpg city/highway
GMC Sonoma SLS crew cab: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Airbags
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Speed-proportional power steering

You Won't Like

  • Standard audio system
  • No air-conditioning except in crew cab

Sum Up

A basic work truck for the exceptional worker.

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