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2004 GMC Sonoma Towing Capacity

How much can a 2004 GMC Sonoma pull? Compare 1 trim levels.

What will it tow?

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2004 GMC Sonoma Trims
Towing capacity by engine

Choose a towing vehicle wisely. Make sure the engine has enough power, the gearbox is capable of withstanding heavy loads, and the axle ratio is optimal for hauling.

  • SLS 4x4 Crew Cab 122.9 in. WB - 5,200 lbs

SLS 4x4 Crew Cab 122.9 in. WB

Maximum Towing Capacity - 5200 lb

It is the same for all trims.

The maximum weight that GMC Sonoma is allowed to tow. The maximum trailer weights listed are only applicable for altitudes up to 3280 ft (1,000 m) above sea level. With increasing altitude the engine power and therefore the car's climbing ability are impaired because of the reduced air density, so the maximum trailer weight has to be reduced accordingly. The weight of the car and trailer must be reduced by 10% for every further 3280 ft (1,000 m) (or part thereof).

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) - 5150 lb

It is the same for all trims.

This is the maximum amount of weight GMC Sonoma is rated to carry (engine, chassis, fluids, passengers, cargo, load - everything). It is often determined by the manufacturer and is indicated in the owner's manual or on the inside of the drive's door panel.

Curb Weight - 4063 lb

It is the same for all trims.

This is how much GMC Sonoma weighs sitting on the curb with no driver, passengers, no cargo and no load with all standard options.

Payload Capacity - 1087 lb

Payload is considered all the extra stuff you put inside your vehicle, whether it be passengers or a pile of rocks, that weight is all considered payload. You can increase it by:

  1. Upgrading the Rear Springs.
  2. Adding Coil-Over Shock Absorbers.
  3. Installing a Longer Truck Bed.
  4. Attaching a Trailer.
  5. Adding Bed Racks.

Horsepower - 190 hp

It is the same for all trims.

The higher the power of your engine, the more weight your car can pull.

Torque - 250 Lb-Ft

It is the same for all trims.

High torque is essential for towing because it allows you to pull the trailer at a lower RPM, reducing the strain on the engine.

Axle Ratio - 3.42

It is the same for all trims.

The higher the axle ratio, the more power your vehicle produces, and as a result, the more weight this car can tow.

Drive Type - no data

All-wheel or rear-wheel drive vehicles are best suited for towing, while front-wheel drive vehicles can haul much less weight.

Transmission - no data

Do not overload your vehicle while towing, as this can cause the transmission to overheat and fail. If your transmission has "Towing mode" - be sure to turn it on.

Turbocharger - no data

Turbocharged engines produce more power, so if you need a vehicle for towing, choose the one equipped with a turbo.

Wheelbase - 122.9

It is the same for all trims.

The longer your vehicle's wheelbase, the less likely the trailer you tow will push down on the rear axle and lift the front end.

Front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) - 2800 lb

It is the same for all trims.

It is the maximum allowable weight that can be placed on a front axle of your GMC Sonoma.

Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) - 2700 lb

It is the same for all trims.

It is the maximum allowable weight that can be placed on a rear axle of your GMC Sonoma.

Trailers that Your Vehicle Can Tow



Inside the RV, you will find everything you need for a comfortable stay, even away from civilization.

Car Trailers

If you need to transport your car over a long distance - use a car trailer - this method is much safer and more reliable than towing with a rope.

Choose the car you want to haul:


Boat Trailers

If you need to transport a boat, make sure you choose the right size trailer.

Boat trailer

Typical Trailers

Whatever your needs, you can find a trailer that's perfect for you.

Boat trailer

What is a 2004 GMC Sonoma maximum towing capacity?

When going for exciting outings into the great outdoors, you have to remember the 2004 GMC Sonoma towing capacity, that is the important feature for such venture. The towing capacity is really the vehicle's highest amount of weight that it will safely pull. These details can frequently be located on a sticker situated within the driver's front door next to the door latch. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is definitely the greatest operating weight (that includes freight and passengers) and should not be violated. As a rule, the body weight of a trailer being towed is recommended to stay within 10-15 % of the GVWR.

Down the page, you may find the info about the towing capacity of the 2004 GMC Sonoma with all trims and generations. Please be aware the maximum towing weight can vary greatly according to the braking system of what is being pulled. If your trailer features its own brakes then it is "braked capacity". Otherwise, it is actually unbraked capacity. When purchasing the future RV, you must keep in mind that its weight and ranking is provided by the the trailer's making company plus all the additional payload you might take in it needs to never go over the 2004 GMC Sonoma towing capacity. Violating this crucial tip will affect your ability to control and make a full stop in time and might eventually lead to long term injury to your car or even trigger crashes on the streets.


Drivers must not exceed the GMC Sonoma towing capacity as it can have serious consequences such as interfering with your car's braking ability

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The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has developed the J2807 set of recommended practices. The tow test procedures designed by the big brains at the SAE consist of a series of rigorous real-world challenges to determine the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of a vehicle and trailer combination.