2020 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2020 Kia Sorento

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Safety

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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.

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.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Pathfinder 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Sorento doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Pathfinder (except S) offers optional NissanConnect Services, 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, 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:

Pathfinder

Sorento

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

33%

43%

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:

Pathfinder

Sorento

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

115

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

557 lbs.

818 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

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

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

Engine

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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-cylinder. 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

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

MPG

Pathfinder

2WD

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

4WD

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

Platinum 3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

19 city/26 hwy

Sorento

2WD

3.3 DOHC 6 cyl.

19 city/26 hwy

4WD

3.3 DOHC 6 cyl.

18 city/24 hwy

Transmission

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The Pathfinder has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Sorento doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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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:

Pathfinder

Sorento

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Pathfinder SV/SL’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sorento (255/60R18 vs. 235/65R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Pathfinder 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 S/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

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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

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The Pathfinder has 2.7 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front hip room, 1.8 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

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

Pathfinder

Sorento

Behind Third Seat

16.2 cubic feet

11.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

n/a

38 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

47.4 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

79.5 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.

Towing

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The Pathfinder’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sorento’s (6000 vs. 2000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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If the front windows are left open on the Pathfinder the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using 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.

Both the Pathfinder and the Sorento offer available heated front seats. The Pathfinder SL/Platinum also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Sorento.

On extremely cold winter days, the Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Sorento doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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.

The Pathfinder SL/Platinum has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Sorento doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the Sorento because typical repairs cost less on the Pathfinder than the Sorento, including $2 less for front struts and $197 less for a power steering pump.

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