Childre Nissan Compares 2016 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2016 Kia Sorento Near Gray, GA

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2016 Nissan Pathfinder

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2016 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.

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, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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:





5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

137 lbs.

179 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

124 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:



Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

557 lbs.

818 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

661 lbs.

689 lbs.

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

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’ 2015 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 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 20th.

Engine Comparison

The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 75 more horsepower (260 vs. 185) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 178) than the Sorento L/LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 20 more horsepower (260 vs. 240) than the Sorento EX/SX/Limited’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

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


Sorento 2.4

Sorento 2.0 Turbo

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

9.1 sec

9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.9 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.5 MPH

82.7 MPH

83.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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





20 city/27 hwy

18 city/26 hwy




19 city/25 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl./Auto


19 city/26 hwy

18 city/26 hwy



17 city/23 hwy

SX/Limited V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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 much shorter than the Sorento:



60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Pathfinder S/SV/SL has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento L/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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Pathfinder’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the Sorento (114.2 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Pathfinder is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sorento.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 3.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Sorento (157.8 vs. 154.2).

The Pathfinder has 2.7 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom, 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.5 inches more third row headroom, .6 inches more third row hip room and 4.3 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

11.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

42.4 cubic feet

38.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

79.8 cubic feet

73 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

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’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Sorento doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

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.

The Pathfinder (except S/SV)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Sorento’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Pathfinder will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Pathfinder will retain 36% to 39% of its original price after five years, while the Sorento only retains 30% to 37%.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder won three awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

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