Today's 2003 GMC Sonoma has a Regular Cab offering to the
Compact Pick-up class that is full of variety in terms of
bed length and configuration, and of engine choice. Also
offered in the 2003 GMC Sonoma line are the Crew Cab and
Extended Cab, not described here because the Regular Cab
has plenty to talk about.
The 2003 GMC Sonoma is available in SL and SLS trim levels,
and has an optional flared-fender Sportside bed with the
SLS. This is instead of the flat-sided Fleetside beds. Also
available are short or long beds, for example, the longest
available is a 7.3ft bed, and it comes with the Increased
Capacity Suspension Package. The short bed available for
the Sonoma is a 6ft bed.
At the base SL trim-level consumers are offered many great
interior details. A tachometer, automatic headlights, variable-intermittent
wipers and map lights add functionality to the standard
equipment list. Comfort enhancements include air conditioning,
cloth upholstery, an AM/FM radio and power steering, topping
off the list of features. This trim level can be enhanced
with the many available stand-alone options.
SLS trim levels include cruise control, an AM/FM/CD stereo
and a tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel. Wide arrays of
optional add-ons allow the development of any new Sonoma
to reflect the owner's preferences.
The 2003 GMC Sonoma has a variety of distinctive exterior
features, setting them apart from the mob by offering options
for a sportier look for those who want it. Available flared-fender
Sportside beds combine with front tow hooks or color keyed
bumpers at the SLS level. A painted front bumper and rear
step bumper adorn the SL trim level. In addition, SLS adds
235/75R15 on/off-road white-letter tires.
GMC offers two engine choices for the 2WD Sonomas. The standard
offering is a 2.2-liter 4-cyl. engine capable of 120 horsepower
at 5000rpm and 140lb-ft of torque at 3600rpm. An optional
for those who want more power, is a larger engine. This
V6 is a 4.3-liter capable of 180 horsepower at 4400rpm and
245lb-ft of torque at 2800rpm.
This engine, with 4-speed automatic transmission gets 17/22
mpg (city/hwy) compared to, at the other end of the Sonoma
fuel economy scale, the 2WD 4-cyl. that gets 22/28 mpg using
the 5-speed manual transmission option that is available
with both choices.
As mentioned before, different suspension systems are also
available, depending on the bed length, including the Smooth
Ride or Increased Capacity Suspension Systems. However,
that is not all that is available mechanically on the Sonoma
line, 2-speed transfer case, front tow-hooks and various
trailer and hitch options can be selected.
Safety and Security
4-wheel antilock brakes and dual-front airbags are standard
for Sonoma, as are daytime running lights.
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