2018 Kia Sorento Vs. 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

2018 kia sorento split screen with 2018 nissan pathfinder

When your adventure includes more than five passengers, you’re left with a couple of options – minivans or SUVs. When your option requires extra capability, confident all-weather performance and the safety and security of extra ground-clearance, third-row SUVs bridge the gap between the handling and agility of cars and the robust performance of a truck. Modern third-row SUVs are engineered to provide maximum comfort and convenience for up to seven passengers.

Renowned for their luxurious styling, range of trim levels and standard tech features, the Kia Sorento has quickly become one of the favorite models in this class. The Sorento gives drivers and up to 6 passengers a sophisticated exterior design with signature grille and interior infotainment features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for maximum entertainment. Going up against the 2018 Kia Sorento is Nissan's third-row crossover, the Pathfinder. Let's see how they measure up against one another.

2018 Kia Sorento


2018 Nissan Pathfinder

290 horsepower V6 Horsepower (higher is better) 284 horsepower
6-speed automatic with OD Standard transmission 2-speed CVT
154 cubic feet Total passenger volume (higher is better) 138 cubic feet
$25,900 (L FWD) Starting MSRP $31,040 (S FWD)
5 years/60,000 miles Limited bumper-to-bumper warranty 3 years/36,000 miles

Kia Sorento Advantages Vs. Nissan Pathfinder

The 2018 Kia Sorento gives drivers several advantages over the similarly-sized 2018 Nissan Pathfinder. Among these advantages is a more versatile powertrain. Three engine options allow drivers to choose between a slim and efficient 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, zippy 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine or robust and capable V6.

The Nissan Pathfinder, on the other hand, only features a V6 whose capability comes in lower than that of the 2018 Kia Sorento. The Sorento also bests the Pathfinder with its transmission. A smooth and precise 6-speed automatic transmission provides a soft and comfortable experience compared to the harsh and noisy 2-speed CVT which is the only option on the 2018 Pathfinder.

Drivers who shop at each price point will find the 2018 Sorento to be more fully-featured at every step of the way. It has more passenger space, comes in at a lower price point and has a warranty nearly double that of the Pathfinder.

Although style is objective, Kia's third-row is crafted with the elegant style drivers have come to expect. Nissan's offering is unremarkable and blends in.

Here at Friendly Kia, we have the lowest prices in West Central Florida. We're also Tampa Bay's highest-rated Kia dealership with several distinctions from both the community and Kia. We'd love to help the next vehicle on which you and your family will rely for the adventures ahead.

For more information on the 2018 Kia Sorento or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!