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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 Automatic
  • Horse Power 192 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Second sorento 90k miles strong

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

Great reliable vehicle. It's my second Sorento and third kia so far. I drive many miles to work so I first bought a Kia because of the low price, now I buy because of the quality. So far I've had no mechanical failures, but my shocks and struts are getting weaker. Of the two Sorentos I've owned, the first one did have the issue with head lights going before their time. This one has been OK so far though in regards to that problem. My first Sorento was bought used as well and was a 2004 EX v6 model. It was also very reliable but got totaled in an accident so I had to buy my 05 to replace it. By the way the car held up well in the crash and was still drivable afterward.



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Irresponsible and pathetic

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

I have over $6000 dollars in maintenance and service in my car. This does not include my rental car expenses because of the numerous times my car has been in the shop. I have replaced headlights, brake lights, parking lights, dome lights, fog lights and interior lights repetitively. I have replaced the timing belt, various ac parts, brakes, power seat motor, power locks, radio, battery, and car alarm parts. This is an attractive SUV with wonderful bells and whistles. It is an irresponsible and pathetic product. The 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty is useless and misleading. They do not stand by their product and it has awful resale value. Do not buy this vehicle regardless of the price!




I love my sorento

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

I purchased my Sorento EX new 4 years and 80,000 miles ago and I still love it. I had no use for my minivan any longer, but didn't want to go back to a car. I have had no regrets since I drove off the lot with it. The only problem I've had was my passenger seat air bag sensor stopped working and they replaced it of course at no charge. When this one wears out, I will get another one.




A dent & scratch magnet

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

Very disappointing! The gas mileage is 10 to 11 on avg. Only the few long distance trips where we run in to zero traffic do we see an increase in MPG and then it's dramatic. Like 15 MPG. My purse scratches the paint. Everything scratches the extremely thin paint. The plastic trashcan put a dent in the body. All 4 doors have small dents due to other car doors touching them. They seem to be rounded in a way or at a height that most other cars seem to hit when parked next to it. back windshield burst the 1st time the rear defroster used which was within the 1st 4 mos of ownership. Kia Corp or the dealership would NOT cover it! Paid WAY too much for this inferior vehicle.




I love my kia, but

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

I've had very little problems with my Kia, minor things at first which were fixed under warranty. My complaint is the rotors went out at 27,K miles, I don't think this is NORMAL. I had them turned, but it didn't help, so I had to get new ones, cost me almost $500.00 to get this fixed. The old ones are all rusty looking and I'm upset. I'm going to contact Kia and complain.I also have terrible paint chips which seem to happen over night, my fenders look bad.It's as though the paint is "soft". I think I'll complain about that too. My Dad was a mechanic so, I do understand the general workings of a auto.




Don't love my kia

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

I bought my Kia new because it gave me so much for such a great price, and I love the look. However, I have had it in the shop for repairs at least 8 times in three years. If they can't replicate the issue they don't acknowledge it. I even created the terrible noise for the representative, but because the service manager couldn't do it, they changed nothing. There are many rattles, I have had to replace the windshield washer twice, the battery had to be replaced, the suspension has had multiple problems. Several lights have been replaced. Nothing huge but all very annoying - I'm looking to get rid of it before something else goes!



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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