Childre Nissan Compares 2013 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2013 Kia Sorento Near Macon, GA

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder

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2013 Kia Sorento

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Pathfinder are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Kia Sorento doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

The Pathfinder Platinum has a standard Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Sorento only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Pathfinder and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Pathfinder’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sorento runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 73 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Pathfinder’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 18th in reliability. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 25th.

Engine Comparison

The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 85 more horsepower (260 vs. 175) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 169) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 69 more horsepower (260 vs. 191) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 181) than the Sorento’s optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Pathfinder 4x4 gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento AWD V6 (19 city/25 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

The Pathfinder has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sorento (19.5 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Pathfinder’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sorento:



Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.13 inches

11.9 inches

The Pathfinder’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Sorento are solid, not vented.

The Pathfinder stops shorter than the Sorento:



60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

125 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Pathfinder Platinum’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento EX/SX’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Pathfinder has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento LX. The Pathfinder Platinum’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Sorento EX/SX.

The Pathfinder has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Sorento doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Pathfinder has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Sorento doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Pathfinder’s wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer than on the Sorento (114.2 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Pathfinder is 2 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Sorento.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 8.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Sorento (157.8 vs. 149.4).

The Pathfinder has 3 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 4.1 inches more rear legroom, .2 inches more rear hip room, 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.2 inches more third row headroom and 3.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Sorento.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pathfinder’s middle and third row seats recline. The Sorento’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pathfinder’s cargo area provides more volume than the Sorento.



Behind Third Seat

16 cubic feet

9.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

79.8 cubic feet

72.5 cubic feet

The Pathfinder’s cargo area is larger than the Sorento’s in almost every dimension:



Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Pathfinder SL/Platinum has a standard power rear liftgate, which opens and closes completely automatically by pressing a button on the key fob. The Sorento doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

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