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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Kia Sorento Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 192 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Kia Sorento

  • Good-looking, comfortable, rugged and well equipped, the Sorento is one of the best buys among small and midsize SUVs.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Great value, long list of standard features, high-quality interior materials, solid construction, true off-road capability, lengthy warranty coverage.

  • Cons

    Mediocre fuel economy, harsh ride over sharp bumps.

  • What's New for 2005

    The optional sport package now includes blacked-out headlamps and, on LX models, a premium audio system. A five-speed automatic transmission replaces last year's four-speed unit.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
/
  • 18
  • highway
Calculate Yearly Fuel Costs
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Don't buy a kia!!!!!

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Sorento LX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I bought my Kia used. So of course the 100,000 mile warranty was not valid. I have poured so much money into this vehicle over the 3 years I've owned it. I maintain it properly, oil changes, new tires, etc. Well, I just found out the entire rear axle and differential completely rusted/rotted away to nothing. The only thing holding up the car was a shock! I truly believe this car was made poorly with cheap metal. Kia will not help me or stand behind the cars they build. When replacing the rear axle the mechanic found a part that was manufactured wrong in the factory and put on backwards. Again, KIA stands behind nothing! I could have purchased a rental car with all of the times I've had one.



8 of 36 people found this review helpful

Top notch!

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Sorento LX Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I bought my Sorento used in '06 with 12,000 miles on it. Now have 89K. Love the fact that it is a true 4x4! The rear end is just like a truck, unlike most newer SUVs (including the '12 Sorento!) Never had issues with lights but brakes are below par as is the sheet metal (thin), fuel economy is not great either. Paint, A/C engine, & tranny all are top notch. Very reliable & would buy another '05 or '06.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great car!!!

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Sorento LX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

We bought our Sorento new in 05 and it just turned 120K miles. The best vehicle I have ever owned. Other than the 2 dozen or so headlights the Sorento has never been to the shop, ever. We are getting ready to buy a new 2012 Sorento and can't wait.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 strikes and the kia

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Sorento LX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Can't believe it my kia has to go back for the third time for crank polly bolt that keeps breaking off!!!! With bad service and bad attitude from there service department!!! With all the light bulbs going out at different times of the week and A/C stop working after the first year and no body knows why.... Heater never gets hot enough in cold winter weather here in Canada, I have to wear extra clothes to keep warm. Battery always needs a boost. Paint chips off. Do yourself a favor and DON'T BUY A KIA!!!!! You're better off walking, mine leaves me stranded.....




Electrical problems

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Sorento LX Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Bought new in 05. Engine light came on when I got home from the dealer. Sensor out. Head lights go out about every 4 months. The back windshield wiper blade runs for about 5 minutes every time you start the car. I had the car checked out. They said I have 3 electrical problems. The air conditioner went out 2 years ago.



2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Like a rock!

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Sorento EX 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I owned this for three years, bought new, as a work vehicle. This has to be the the heaviest build small suv I have ever driven. Although there were numerous trips to the shop under warranty all was taken care of efficiently with little fuss. The gas mileage is abysmal, at 15 city and 20 highway, but built like a tank. I was rear ended at 50,000 miles and all I had was a cracked bumper cover! The honda that hit me was totalled. The car never let me down, and honestly I have been considering buying a used one as a second vehicle for my wife.



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Full 2005 Kia Sorento Review

What's New for 2005

The optional sport package now includes blacked-out headlamps and, on LX models, a premium audio system. A five-speed automatic transmission replaces last year's four-speed unit.

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Talk About The 2005 Sorento

2005 Kia Sorento Discussions See all Started By

rweston
rweston
10-09-2010
One of the three lights on the manual HVAC controls of our 2005 Sorento has gone out. I've found that 97309 3e000 is the part number for the bulbs on a 2004. Can anyone verify that that is the same ...


sandyq
sandyq
07-23-2008
I have a 2005 Kia Sorento. It's my understanding that timing belt must be changed around the 60,000 mile mark and I'm getting close. The price of the actual belt is under $100 but was quoted $900 to...


tylern1
tylern1
04-01-2010
Hello, My 2005 kia sorento 63,000 miles command shaft that ties into stearing wheel with 2 bolts came loose and one bolt fell off and the other is just hanging there, caused my family to crash into a ...



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