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GMC Safari Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.3 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 190 hp @ 4400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 GMC Safari

  • Other than its ability to mimic an SUV in terms of towing ability and cargo space, there's not much about the Safari van that makes it a viable choice over its numerous competitors.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Standard eight-passenger seating, 5,400-pound trailer rating, torquey V6.

  • Cons

    Poor fuel economy, intrusive engine cover makes for small footwells, overall lack of refinement.

  • What's New for 2005

    No significant changes for the Safari this year.

Full 2005 GMC Safari Review

What's New for 2005

No significant changes for the Safari this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Usa travler

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Vehicle: 2005 GMC Safari Rwd 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)

The Safari is the best van on the market. I can't imagine 2005 being the last. It is extreem comfort and space in travel. It will carry an elephant with ease! This is my second Safari. If they were still sold I would not consider any other vehicle. The previous one I had for 223,000 miles, got 28 - yes - 28 miles to the gallon (tbs fuel injection)With steel bumpers it was a tank with zip and personality. Nothing in the mileage other than tires and brakes ever needed replacement! My new 2005 is somewhat more refined in interior - but I feel that negative as space was removed. It gets far less milage. My only serious fault is that the sterring radious is very slight.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Practical good van

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Vehicle: 2005 GMC Safari Rwd 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)

The Safari is a good practical van with AWD capabilities.Not fancy, but able to handle three kids and their sports stuff plus friends. Snow, and spring mud are not enough to stop it delivering service to our family.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Safari review

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Vehicle: 2005 GMC Safari AWD 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A)

If you want to carry six people with AWD this is the ticket. This is the second Safari we've owned. While the interior could use some work such as larger front leg room, driver side passenger doors and a few more cupholders, the overall functionality of the van is excellent. The larger size more than makes up for these shortcomings. It is great for long (800 mile) road trips with 4 kids. Not only that, it can carry all the gear. The AWD works great in snow and the 4.3 L V-6 has sufficient power. We've had no major mechanical problems with this van or its predecessor. However, there have been some interior trim issues.

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2005 Model year is the last for the Chevy Astros/GMC Safari per Car and Driver....

ahealy, I have a 2005 Safari AWD with 60k miles. I had the same problem. Mine felt like my jeep in 4wd turning on pavement. Also, my Safari would not idle forward unless the wheels were straight. If...

Ditto. I have a 99 Safari AWD with 113,000 miles. I bought it with 49,000 miles on it used. After reading all the people in this forum who have had the trans start with this 1st to 2nd gear thunk r...

Gas Mileage


  • 14
  • cty
  • 20
  • highway
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