2005 Kia Sorento User Reviews

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    2005 Kia Sorento LX Review
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    70

    Ideal College Student Car. — Ideal college student car. Plenty of leg room in back seats, cargo space, and headroom in the interior. Is a very valuable Suv with 4x4 capability with a turn of a switch. A simple layout of an instrument panel, and center infotainment display. Deliveries a really quiet ride. Has a numb steering response. Car was built with a ton of hard plastic for a lx

    Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

    Pros: Plenty of leg room in back seats, cargo space, and headroom in the interior.
    Is a very valuable Suv with 4x4 capability with a turn of a switch.
    A simple layout of an instrument panel, and center infotainment display.
    Deliveries a really quiet ride.

    Cons: Has a numb steering response.
    Car was built with a ton of hard plastic for a lx

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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    2005 Kia Sorento LX Review
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    Excellent Used Kia Sorento - Great Buy! — I bought this car brand new and have been the only owner of the vehicle. Since I have owned this car it has always proven to be very reliable and I have found the scheduled maintenance on the vehicle to always be very affordable.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: The engine and transmission are in excellent working condition.

    Cons: The fuel mileage is low which is typical of an SUV.

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    2005 Kia Sorento LX Review
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    240

    Not Worth Getting Into — Before the year was up, I had to have the engine replaced. The dealership set the timing incorrectly when they replaced the engine. It took over 5 years to get the timing set correctly, and it ended up coming out of my own pocket. It cost over $1300 just to have the spark plugs replaced. The dealership shop manager tried lying about my warranty, to the point I had to get third party intervention. The electric system had to be completely replaced in the car. There were more sensor problems than I would care to talk about. The first 5 years there was a check engine light on, almost all the time. The dealership would just clear the code and send me home, and it would just come back on. I would not recommend this car to anyone.

    Pros: The looks of the car are really what got me to buy it.  

    Cons: Very expensive to work on, nothing lasted on the car.  Dealer plays games with warranty.  Nothing is easy to maintain on the car.

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    2005 Kia Sorento LX Review
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    65

    Good Car — I really like my truck what I like most is it is perfect for a small family and is easy on gas. I haven't had any major problems since I have owned the truck it does great on highway and in city.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: reliable, drives good, cold air

    Cons: Needs a aux. port and deeper cup holders

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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    2005 Kia Sorento LX 4WD Review
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    80

    No Issues — One of the best suv's! Don't get me wrong, the car still runs almost like new and still feels solid on the road. Love the body style and interiors. Off road it can take on some of the best 4X4's out there and it is definitely fun to drive. Gas mileage is average but not bad. Personally, I love my SORENTO!

    Pros: Best family car ever

    Cons: We like it a lot!

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    2005 Kia Sorento EX Review
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    95

    Great Value! — I bought this 2005 Sorento a year ago (2012) for $ 8,900 including TTL and so far, I may as well have bought a brand new vehicle as I have had no repair or maintenance costs. It's our family's second car so I occasionally pile my 3 kids in it but it's mostly for back and forth to work. It's a really nice looking vehicle inside and out for the price and drives very well with the exception of a little road noise at higher speeds. I would highly recommend this to anybody based on what you get for the money. For reference, I previously owned a Toyota 4runner and Tundra which were both great vehicles as well.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Great leather interior with wood trim; Adequate power,; Size makes it so easy to get in and out of any parking lot/space,

    Cons: A little noisy at highway speed

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    2005 Kia Sorento LX Review
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    I Wouldn't Buy Another One. — This vehicle has more of a truck ride to it. We've had lots of problems mechanically. Cheaply made parts with a huge price tag. Not many mechanics will work on them. Parts are hard to find unless you go to dealer and that cost big time $$$$.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Has gotten me where I need to go but with a cost!

    Cons: Has needed way to much work done to it and has expensive parts

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    2005 Kia Sorento LX 4WD Review
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    One Of The Best Suv's.... — Like I mentioned before, I purchased my Kia about 4 yrs. ago and don't have any major complaints. The only thing I can say that is a PITA is the engine layout. I usually do my own tune-ups, timing belt, ect on must of the cars I've own but this one is very complicated and it takes a lot of work and money to do it by a licensed mechanic. Don't get me wrong, the car still runs almost like new and still feels solid on the road. Love the body style and interiors. Off road it can take on some of the best 4X4's out there and it is definitely fun to drive. Gas mileage is average but not bad. Personally, I love my SORENTO, is all a matter of maintenance and TLC... besides 2005 has no recalls.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Stay tune for more updates.....

    Cons: Stay thirsty my friends!!!

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    2005 Kia Sorento EX 4WD Review
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    Excellent Suv In Terms Of Money/value! — Reliable enough, despite of Korean origin. I'm using it 1.5 year and had no any trouble with the car. Slightly slow at accelaration, but ok for everyday city driving. Great for off-road. Exterior & interior is not of the cutting edge, but are solid enough.

    Pros: True 4WD, body-on-frame, low transfer case

    Cons: Not a highway flyer

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    2005 Kia Sorento LX Review
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    Drive One, 05 And Newer, You Won't Be Disappointed — 110k miles and no problems. Pulled a tandem axle trailer from OK to TN with 2 motorcycles on it, still got nearly 270 miles to a tank. I can't say enough good about this vehicle. Hauls the family of 5 with ease.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Duh, the review says it all.

    Cons: ummm, nada

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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    Reviews From Other Years

    2015 Kia Sorento Reviews

    Fun And Family By klassenz

    Overall, this a very versatile vehicle that is safe, enjoyable, and functional. From the outstanding crash test ratings to the quiet smooth ride, there is much to like about this Kia Sorento. Anyone l... Read More

    Horrible By SeaSick

    I own a GMC Terrain that is in the shop for some body work, and the rental car company gave me a 2015 Sorento to drive. It is HORRIBLE. It maneuvers like a bumper car at Kennywood. If I had children, ... Read More

    2014 Kia Sorento Reviews

    2014 Kia Sorrento Lx By stime34

    Overall this is a great family vehicle. Able to move a large amount of cargo for errands and price is very reasonable. The value is head and shoulders above any competitor. Maintenance and reliabil... Read More

    Attractive, Comfortable, Good Fuel Economy. By uspspow

    Very nice economical vehicle, comfortable to drive, easy handling, cargo space will carry a foldable wheel chair easily.Back up camera is really nice. Controls on steering wheel nice and convenient an... Read More

    2013 Kia Sorento Reviews

    This Vehicle Is A Catch Your Eye Kind Of Sorento - Looks Alone Sold Me On It. By pamp50

    I have never had an issue with acceleration or braking. The handling is superb in every way. The sunroof makes it fun to drive on a spring or summer or fall day. I have never had any maintenance i... Read More

    Versatile And Economical. By NFavazzo

    I love my Sorento. It's perfect for a family day with 4 kids under 10. When everyone's not in the Sorento, the seats fold up and there's ample cargo space. The GDI 4 cylinder has a lot of pep and the ... Read More

    2012 Kia Sorento Reviews

    Family Car Fun To Drive By khemetsubs

    Handling, fuel economy, roomy, fun to drive, price, reliable, long warranty, comfortable, nice design, lot of standard options lack sometimes power on hilly roads, suspension may be stiff for some pe... Read More

    Love My Kia! By kendelld

    The Sorento is a great car. Great for trips around town and comfortable for long road trips. Smaller than a full sized SUV, but the cargo space is still huge. And then when you put the seats down, ... Read More

    2011 Kia Sorento Reviews

    Great By Kbyrum

    I like this car because it is a great family car and I have never had anything go wrong with the car. It is very reliable and will take you anywhere you want to go. Rides very smooth and would buy an... Read More

    Awesome Secondary Vehicle. By Dcp_1

    Fun comfortable vehicle. Roomy. Drove 2k mile round trip recently and am pleased with performance and reliability. 330 mile range between fuel stops. Recently changed 4 wheel brakes and rotors. Fairly... Read More

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