1999 Sonoma New Car Test Drive
Attractive looks, healthy torque from V6 engines, three doors and a myriad of options make the GMC Sonoma a popular pickup. Along with the Chevy S-10, the Sonoma competes with the Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Mazda B-Series and Isuzu Hombre.
Originally introduced in 1994, this truck has been refined and upgraded for the past five years. Recent changes include more powerful engines, better fuel economy, improved suspensions and a greater selection of options, including a third door.
For 1999, the Sonoma comes with a Next Generation driver's airbag. Heated power mirrors are now available and all exterior mirrors have been redesigned and enlarged for improved rearward vision. Insta-Trac is now standard on all 4x4 models; just a touch of a button engages the shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system. Composite skid plates are optional. An anti-theft alarm and flash-to-pass feature were added this year.
GMC offers a huge selection of options with two- and four-wheel-drive models, regular and extended cab bodies, short and long beds, seven different chassis packages and SL, SLS and SLE trim levels.