Transportation that works for the whole family has undergone a few evolutions. In the old days, it was the reliable station wagon – likely covered in faux-wood-grain paneling. Then, the minivan became the preferred choice, giving passengers even more space and a boxy shape for cargo hauling. As we entered the 1990s and early 2000s, full-size body-on-frame SUVs took the mantle. Then, something magic happened. The crossover came about.
Combining the capability of the large body-on-frame SUVs with the handling and fuel economy of a standard car, unibody crossovers have taken the market by storm. The Kia Sorento represents the cutting-edge of this ever-growing segment, inviting drivers and passengers to expect capability from the SUV, comfort from the minivan and handling from the station wagon. Up against the 2020 Kia Sorento today is the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder. Let’s see how they manage.
2020 Kia Sorento
2020 Nissan Pathfinder
|185 – 290 horsepower||Horsepower range||284 horsepower|
|6-speed auto, 8-speed auto||Transmission||CVT|
|Standard on all trim levels||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||Not available on any trim level|
|154 cubic feet||Passenger space||138 cubic feet|
|73 cubic feet||Maximum cargo space||79.5 cubic feet|
|10 years or 100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||5 years or 60,000 miles|
|$26,690||MSRP starts at||$31,680|
As is illustrated by the above table, the Kia Sorento is clearly the stronger option. Not only does the Kia Sorento have more room for drivers to choose the type of vehicle they want with its second engine option, but it provides a better experience from the bottom of the trim-level hierarchy up through the top.
Drivers who choose the 2020 Kia Sorento enjoy standard features like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, a feature not available on any 2020 Nissan Pathfinder model. Passengers also have significantly improved interior space which allows them more comfort on drives of any length.
Finally, reliability is a chief concern among those depending on their crossover to transport their family and the 2020 Kia Sorento is clearly the stronger model there. After all, Kia backs the powertrain and engine for twice as long as Nissan backs theirs.
With so much in favor of the Kia Sorento, you might think it to be the more expensive option, but it manages to undercut the base model 2020 Nissan Pathfinder by a hair shy of $5,000, allowing you to upgrade the trim level, engine or add options you want and spend less than you might on the Nissan Pathfinder.
At Friendly Kia, we have a huge selection of 2020 Kia Sorento models. Contact us today to schedule a test drive!