2005 Kia Sorento Consumer Reviews

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2005 Kia Sorento
3.2
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Almost happy with the Sorento

by from Morgantown, WV on December 9, 2009

Bought it on Halloween. Switched to the Sorento, after looking at the Sportage a lot (monthly payment for Sportage couldn't fit my budget). Not comfortable at all with R-WD. Already have it listed fo...
Bought it on Halloween. Switched to the Sorento, after looking at the Sportage a lot (monthly payment for Sportage couldn't fit my budget). Not comfortable at all with R-WD. Already have it listed for sale on a few sites. Went back to the dealer with my concerns about R-WD; and was told to use 4WD more often, and change my driving style. I've gone to a few other dealers to inquire about a trade-in, in order to get a different vehicle. They have all said I got smoked or hosed on the sale price of the Sorento - - meaning over-payed. Besides that, and less than average fuel economy; I'm very happy with the Sorento. Fuel economy is probably due to my driving habits, and the very hilly terrain of this area. Just had our first snow here, and 4WD works well. Rides very nice, has a sturdy truck feel, comfortable, good storage, tinted windows, and low insurance costs due to safety ratings. Good for small and big people. I'm 5'1 and 96, and my boyfriend is 5'10 and 185. Fix the blind spots (could be because I'm short). Not sure if it's due to the vehicle type, and I'm used to smaller cars; the handling could be improved. Better speakers. Offer Front-wheel or All-wheel drive in the Sorento.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Perfect for the Purpose

by from Seattle, WA on January 18, 2011

I love my Sorento...We went to test this rig. We didnt just drive the car we brought our daily babby load and our travel load with us to the car dealership. After the test drive we loaded the rig full...
I love my Sorento...We went to test this rig. We didnt just drive the car we brought our daily babby load and our travel load with us to the car dealership. After the test drive we loaded the rig full of our stuff... carseat, cooler, stroller, portacrib you get the idea. Then we put a 6'2" man in the back seat and he still fit very comfortably. Great family car for and family of 3 plus grandpa(makes 4)! I love this Sorento...the manual transmission doesnt even cause frustration, like my old car did, the rig will haul even when you start on a hill in 2nd...not recomended but come on it happens! A couple little things I have found that are quarks that might be with just my Kia. Dome light doesnt automatically come on, a switch is broken...thats okay it wakes the baby anyways. Thats about it...oh I get the model that didnt come with an alarm...but no complaints...I love this Kia A+!!! Oh oh I love the fact its silver I can go off roading in this thing...(no i cant 2 rwd but the idea still is my point) as dirty as i get it i just wash the windows and spray off the tires and its still looks clean maybe only in the Seattle lack of sunlight by I love that feature!!! I have gotten stuck in the Kia twice due to freakish snow and ice storms but no big deal...next time I know better not to risk driving in that anyways...happens every 12 years no big deal!!!! Thanks for reading like I said A+!!! Name brand does not mean perfect for everyone!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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GREAT VALUE

by from Rome, Italy on April 18, 2008

I have 51,000 miles on my 2005 Kia Sorento. Only problem has been with the rear door locks which were replaced by the dealer. I would by another. However, I wish Kia could get the V6 to do better with...
I have 51,000 miles on my 2005 Kia Sorento. Only problem has been with the rear door locks which were replaced by the dealer. I would by another. However, I wish Kia could get the V6 to do better with gas. Only 16 or 17 mph in the city.
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Does recommend this car

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Kia Sorento

by from Des Moines, IA on July 6, 2007

Very attractive looking vechile, very appealing. Good value for the money. Excellent warranty. Sunroof is good size, with a sun shade to cover when not in use. RWD models are the best way to go for th...
Very attractive looking vechile, very appealing. Good value for the money. Excellent warranty. Sunroof is good size, with a sun shade to cover when not in use. RWD models are the best way to go for the money even with purchasing in IOWA with the snow button it works wonders, you dont even know its a 2Wheel Drive vechile. Never had any problems with this vechile in the winter, always have been able to get to where I need to be with snow, and ice. Good vechile.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Nothing but problems

by from Nashville, TN on November 11, 2006

We bought the KIA new and have had nothing but electrical problems with it since driving it off the lot. We've had the AC/Heating unit replaced 3 times. On average it is in the shop once a month+ fo...
We bought the KIA new and have had nothing but electrical problems with it since driving it off the lot. We've had the AC/Heating unit replaced 3 times. On average it is in the shop once a month+ for some type of repair. KIA is not very supportive about the problems we've had and have not been good about making sure we have a vehicle to drive. It takes awhile to get parts for it.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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What a Nightmare

by from Mesa, AZ on May 2, 2016

This car was a total nightmare since the day we got it. We purchased this car brand new in 2005, expecting it to be safe and reliable. While it was very safe, as it is basically built like a tank, i...
This car was a total nightmare since the day we got it. We purchased this car brand new in 2005, expecting it to be safe and reliable. While it was very safe, as it is basically built like a tank, it was not reliable most of the time. We got it, and decided to drive it out of town to a nearby mountain city, no phone signal. Shortly after, the stick for the stick shift started to shake violently, and the car was revving very high. We got within range of cellular service, and had the car towed, the drive shaft broke. With less than 250 miles on it! From there on out, until 2015, we replaced the A/C compressors four times, the intake manifold valves twice (that was fun on the freeway), drive shaft two times, U-Joint three times, power steering rack once, and power steering pump twice. This thing could take a beating though, rear ended another car going 50mph, and the worst was I knocked out a fog light bulb. Hit a pole once, and it survived. Was a little sad when I sold it in 2015 though. Only because all the money I shelled out in it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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great car, great value

by from Michigan on September 15, 2006

Kia Sorento is a great value for the money and a great suv. I've taken mine to the dunes and went four wheelin with no problems. Great ride and handling. No problems so far. 2005 w/32000k on it. Less ...
Kia Sorento is a great value for the money and a great suv. I've taken mine to the dunes and went four wheelin with no problems. Great ride and handling. No problems so far. 2005 w/32000k on it. Less expensive than Toyota. Built on a truck frame for toughness. Check it out! You won't be sorry.
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Does recommend this car

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great vehicle at a great price

by from Johnson City , Tn. on July 20, 2006

I've had my Sorento for 18 mths and it has been carefree driving from day one. I was initially attracted by the exterior styling, and after a test drive , I was sold.The interior styling is great , f...
I've had my Sorento for 18 mths and it has been carefree driving from day one. I was initially attracted by the exterior styling, and after a test drive , I was sold.The interior styling is great , fit and finish is every bit as good as my past toyota vehicles and the price can't be beat. Overall the best buy I have made in a n automobile.
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Does recommend this car

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Early prolbem with workmanship; dealer handled

by from Ridgeland, MS on December 20, 2006

Early prolbem with workmanship; dealer was able to handle with reasonable timeframe. Should have had a thorough pre-delivery check. Many of the items returned to dealer could have been avoided.
Early prolbem with workmanship; dealer was able to handle with reasonable timeframe. Should have had a thorough pre-delivery check. Many of the items returned to dealer could have been avoided.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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If you like spending money

by from Southeast Texas on July 18, 2012

Bought this car used. If you don't mind spending $1500 a year on repairs alone buy one cause that's what I did. I bought the extended warranty to which NONE of the $1500 yearly expenses covered. AC/Be...
Bought this car used. If you don't mind spending $1500 a year on repairs alone buy one cause that's what I did. I bought the extended warranty to which NONE of the $1500 yearly expenses covered. AC/Belts CONSTANTLY/etc. Not sure what is more painful about this car...the pain in my wallet or the pain in my back from sitting in this UNGODLY uncomfortable car! I live an hour from the beach, and by the time I get there my back/butt are screaming in agony. Says a lot when my previous car was/is a Hyundai Tiberon (passed it to my kid and it now has 100,000 miles on it and STILL hasn't been to the shop...I guess because the KIA is in there so much is maybe why the Hyundai 2001 just rolled over that 100k mile marker!) So, in saying, I bought the KIA thinking it would be as reliable as the Hyundai....dumb me....not even remotely! What korean? Pass this one up and drive to the nearest Hyundai.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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