Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2018 Kia Sorento Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder

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2018 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.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Pathfinder are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Sorento doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Nissan Pathfinder has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Sorento doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Pathfinder (except S) offers optional NissanConnect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sorento doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

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

Engine Comparison

The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 99 more horsepower (284 vs. 185) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (259 vs. 178) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 44 more horsepower (284 vs. 240) than the Sorento EX’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (259 vs. 252) than the Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







3.5 V6/CVT

20 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto



19 city/25 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto


3.5 V6/CVT

19 city/26 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto



17 city/23 hwy

3.3 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/SXL.

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

47.8 cubic feet

38.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

79.8 cubic feet

73 cubic feet

The Pathfinder has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Sorento doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

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’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 costs extra on the Sorento and isn’t available on the Sorento L.

The Pathfinder’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Sorento L doesn’t offer automatic air-conditioning.

The Pathfinder (except S)’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

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 $62 less for an alternator, $80 less for front struts and $754 less for a timing belt/chain.

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