Used 2005 GMC Safari

2005 GMC Safari
List Price
$2,000

Pros & Cons

  • Standard eight-passenger seating, 5,400-pound trailer rating, torquey V6.
  • Poor fuel economy, intrusive engine cover makes for small footwells, overall lack of refinement.

Edmunds' Expert Review

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.

2005 Highlights

No significant changes for the Safari this year.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2005 GMC Safari.

5 star reviews: 33%
4 star reviews: 33%
3 star reviews: 34%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.0 stars based on 3 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • fuel efficiency
  • comfort
  • maintenance & parts
  • cup holders
  • transmission
  • doors
  • handling & steering
  • brakes
  • appearance
  • off-roading
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • engine
  • interior

Most helpful consumer reviews

4 out of 5 stars, Practical good Van
PoppaRick,

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.

3.375 out of 5 stars, Safari Review
BCA,

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.

4.625 out of 5 stars, USA Travler
Karl,

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.

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Features & Specs

Rwd 3dr Minivan features & specs
Rwd 3dr Minivan
4.3L 6cyl 4A
MPG 14 city / 20 hwy
Seats 8
4-speed automatic
Gas
190 hp @ 4400 rpm

AWD 3dr Minivan features & specs
AWD 3dr Minivan
4.3L 6cyl 4A
MPG 12 city / 16 hwy
Seats 8
4-speed automatic
Gas
190 hp @ 4400 rpm

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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver3 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
RolloverNot Rated
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Poor
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Poor

FAQ

Is the GMC Safari a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2005 Safari both on the road and at the track. You probably care about GMC Safari fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Safari gets an EPA-estimated 14 mpg to 16 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Safari has 41.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a GMC Safari. Learn more
Is the GMC Safari reliable?
To determine whether the GMC Safari is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Safari. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Safari's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2005 GMC Safari a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2005 GMC Safari is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2005 Safari is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2005 GMC Safari?

The least-expensive 2005 GMC Safari is the 2005 GMC Safari Rwd 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $24,430.

Other versions include:

  • Rwd 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $24,430
  • AWD 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $26,430
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What are the different models of GMC Safari?
If you're interested in the GMC Safari, the next question is, which Safari model is right for you? Safari variants include Rwd 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A), and AWD 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A). For a full list of Safari models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2005 GMC Safari

Used 2005 GMC Safari Overview

The Used 2005 GMC Safari is offered in the following submodels: Safari Minivan. Available styles include Rwd 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A), and AWD 3dr Minivan (4.3L 6cyl 4A).

What do people think of the 2005 GMC Safari?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2005 GMC Safari and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2005 Safari 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2005 Safari.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2005 GMC Safari and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2005 Safari featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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Should I lease or buy a 2005 GMC Safari?

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