Childre Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2015 Kia Sorento Near Dublin, GA

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder

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2015 Kia Sorento

Safety Comparison

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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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Pathfinder is safer than the Kia Sorento:

Pathfinder

Sorento

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

248

280

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

51 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Pathfinder is safer than the Kia Sorento:

Pathfinder

Sorento

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

159 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

180

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

557 lbs.

669 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

661 lbs.

945 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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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

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 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 19th in reliability. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 21st.

Engine Comparison

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The Pathfinder Hybrid’s standard 2.5 supercharged 4 cyl. hybrid produces 59 more horsepower (250 vs. 191) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (243 vs. 181) than the Sorento LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Pathfinder V6 is faster than the Sorento LX:

Pathfinder

Sorento

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

9.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.1 MPH

80.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Pathfinder Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento 4 cyl.:

Pathfinder

Sorento

FWD

Auto

25 city/28 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

Auto

25 city/27 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Pathfinder gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento:

Pathfinder

Sorento

2WD

V6/Auto

20 city/26 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

4WD

V6/Auto

19 city/25 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Pathfinder Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Sorento doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Pathfinder Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sorento doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Pathfinder has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sorento (19.5 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Pathfinder

Sorento

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.9 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.

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Pathfinder has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Sorento doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Pathfinder stops shorter than the Sorento:

Pathfinder

Sorento

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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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 19-inch wheels on the Sorento SX/Limited.

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

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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 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sorento.

The Pathfinder’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.2% to 45.8%) than the Sorento’s (58% to 42%). This gives the Pathfinder more stable handling and braking.

The Pathfinder Platinum 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Sorento SX AWD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Pathfinder has 6.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Sorento (157.8 vs. 151.4).

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, 2.9 inches more rear legroom, .2 inches more rear hip room, 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.1 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

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

Pathfinder

Sorento

Behind Third Seat

16 cubic feet

9.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

n/a

36.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

42.4 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

79.8 cubic feet

72.5 cubic feet

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

Pathfinder

Sorento

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

19.2”/43.7”/78.9”

11”/40.1”/72”

Max Width

45.9”

n/a

Min Width

45.4”

n/a

Height

31.4”

n/a

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Pathfinder offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Sorento doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

If the front windows are left down on the Pathfinder the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Sorento can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’s standard wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sorento’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Pathfinder has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Sorento EX/SX/Limited.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Pathfinder offers optional rear seat controls for the radio. The Sorento doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The Pathfinder will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Pathfinder will retain 43.72% to 52.94% of its original price after five years, while the Sorento only retains 42.77% to 43.65%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the Sorento because typical repairs cost much less on the Pathfinder than the Sorento, including $47 less for a water pump, $152 less for an alternator, $61 less for front struts, $437 less for a timing belt/chain and $22 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Nissan Pathfinder won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue. The Kia Sorento didn't win any award.

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