Kia has always done things a bit differently. This is especially true in their recent that has seen the brand offer high-value models in every segment including luxury sedans, sports cars and off-road-ready SUVs. One of the most interesting things Kia has done is design a minivan that looks really good. Unlike minivans from times past, the Sedona has a muscular profile that runs along its strong and sophisticated contours. Leaps and bounds ahead of other minivan competitors, the Sedona has other vehicles in its sights – like third-row crossovers.
For that reason, today we’re comparing the 2018 Kia Sedona to the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder. Although the vehicles operate in different classes, they both seek to answer the question “what is the best and safest way to transport more than five passengers from point A to B?” As we compare them, pay special attention to the safety, value and versatility of each vehicle.
2018 Kia Sedona
2018 Nissan Pathfinder
|Minivan||Vehicle class||Third-row crossover|
|6-speed automatic with Sportmatic®||Standard transmission||2-speed CVT|
|120.5 inches||Wheelbase (longer = smoother ride)||114.2 inches|
|18.8 feet||Turning radius (smaller = tighter circle)||19.4 feet|
|166 cubic feet||Passenger space||138 cubic feet|
|142 cubic feet||Cargo space (max)||79.5 cubic feet|
|Yes||IIHS Top Safety Pick?||No|
|5 years / 60,000 miles||Limited bumper-to-bumper warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
|$21,190 – Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing*||Starts at||$31,040|
Although comparing these vehicles might seem like comparing apples to oranges, it’s clear that they both are built to satisfy a need for reliable and feature-packed family transportation. While the Nissan Pathfinder prioritizes all-wheel drive and a rugged, SUV-like façade, the 2018 Kia Sedona prefers to remain more honest with itself, leaning into its status as a minivan while simultaneously pulling the class toward more elegance.
Step inside and the distinction continues. The 2018 Kia Sedona provides interior space for both cargo and passengers that ensures your adventures are comfortable and convenient. With nearly double the amount of cargo volume and 20% more passenger space, everybody and everything will be well taken care of.
Access is another huge issue. Whether you select the second-row bench seating to get 8 passengers in or prefer the comfortable captain chairs, you’ll find third-row access to be superior in the Kia Sedona to any third-row crossover on the market. Twin sliding doors also allow children and pets to get in safely and then can be closed remotely once they are situated.
Although both vehicles boast plenty of safety features, peace of mind is more than just a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. It’s also a solid warranty and when you compare warranty coverage between the two models, you see that the Sedona not only gives you more bumper-to-bumper coverage but also doubles the powertrain warranty.
The 2018 Kia Sedona is visually-sharp, reliable, full of comfort and convenience amenities and backed by a far superior warranty. Best of all, you can get it for almost $10,000 less than the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder*. With Friendly Kia’s VIP pricing, you’ll pay bottom dollar for the game-changing minivan and be purchasing it from Tampa Bay’s #1 Kia dealership and new members of the Kia Presidents Club (an award that recognizes the 30 best Kia dealerships in the United States).
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*Best Friendly Kia VIP Pricing is as of the date of publication and not the date of access. All pricing is at the discretion of Friendly Kia and subject to change without notice or warning. For more information on current pricing, contact Friendly Kia or visit our current inventory pages.