2002 GMC Sonoma

  • 2002 GMC Sonoma Base Crew Cab Pickup

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  • 2002 GMC Sonoma Base Extended Cab Pickup

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  • 2002 GMC Sonoma Base Regular Cab Pickup

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2002 GMC Sonoma Review

With revamping in the works for next year, it might be wise to check out the competition.

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The 2002 GMC Sonoma has an impressive list of reasons for purchasing one of the pickups. It shows off an aggressive look, with three doors on the extended cab, a newly available sport suspension, and strong engines for hauling and towing. GM offers three wheelbases from which to choose, as well as body styles. The Sonoma comes in regular, extended-cab, and crew-cab styles. The two trim levels add to the list of choices for shoppers to make, along with engines and transmissions.

The Sonoma uses two-wheel or four-wheel drive. The two-wheel-drive models can be regular or have the extended-cab body.

The Sonoma looks virtually identical to the S-Series pickups and has a roomy cabin for the front passenger and driver. The rear seat may not feel as roomy, but it has an improved entry access for rear occupants. The crew cab has the best-feeling interior with placement of graphite leather throughout.

Even with a long list of improvements and available configurations, the Sonoma seems a bit old. The newer and more refined competition is taking the market from the Sonoma. If you want a good deal, the 2002 GMC Sonoma still offers a very good value, however.

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: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: GMC Sonoma SL, GMC Sonoma SLS

What's New

Several minor upgrades include third doors for all extended cabs and an upgrade for the stereo and bed extender for all models. The crew cab gets graphite leather trim. Sandalwood joins the color palette for 2002.


The 2002 GMC Sonoma comes in three sizes. The regular cab measures 190.6 inches, riding on 108.3-inch wheelbase. The extended cab sits on a 122.9-inch wheelbase and measures 205.3 inches in length. Lastly, the crew cab pickups measure the same as extended cabs, but the rear doors take up more space. The cargo bed measures smaller than the extended cab at 4.5 feet. The third door remains optional on the extended cab. Some of the other exterior features include intermittent wipers, painted-finish bumpers, a chrome grille, cargo tie-downs, a temporary spare tire, and privacy glass. The Sonoma uses 15-inch wheels made of steel or alloy, depending upon the trim level chosen.


The trim levels for 2002 include the SL and SLS, with such features as air-conditioning, a tachometer, cruise control, power accessories, and a chrome grille. Several optional packages also remain available. Some of the options include an extender for the bed, a lockable tonneau cover, and leather-trimmed interior.

Inside the extended cab and regular cab drivers find a pair of buckets or a bench seat holding three occupants. Two rear-folding jump seats come standard in the extended cab. Crew cab pickups have a three-place bench in the rear and front bucket seats. Standard interior features include cruise control, front cup holders, air-conditioning, premium cloth upholstery, and a leather steering wheel. Front door pockets, a clock, front floor mats, front reading lights, a tilt steering wheel, and console with storage provide additional standard features. Optional features for the 2002 GMC Sonoma include a stereo with a six-disc CD changer that has speed-sensitive volume.

Performance & Handling

The Sonoma has various engine choices. Beginning with the two-wheel-drive models, a 2.2-liter four-cylinder produces 120 horsepower with 140 lb-ft of torque. The four-wheel-drive trucks get a standard 4.3-liter V-6, and the engine remains optional with two-wheel drive. This engine generates 180 hp and 190 hp in two-wheel and four-wheel drive models, respectively. It pairs with a standard five-speed manual transmission, with the option of a four-speed automatic. The crew cabs have only the automatic gearbox. GM’s Insta-Trac system comes in all of the 2002 GMC Sonomas and engages by flipping a switch on the dash.


The 2002 GMC Sonoma includes many safety features, such as four-wheel ABS, rear child safety door locks, an engine immobilizer, dusk-sensing headlamps, electronic brake force distribution, daytime running lights, and front fog lights. The safety increases with ventilated front disc brakes and a solid rear disc brake system, as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Sonoma SL: 19/25 mpg city/highway
GMC Sonoma SLS: 17/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful V-6 option
  • Fuel-efficient engine
  • Sporty styling

You Won't Like

  • Cheap plastic interior
  • Low seat positions
  • Poor build quality

Sum Up

With revamping in the works for next year, it might be wise to check out the competition.

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