2021 Kia Sorento vs 2020 Nissan Pathfinder

Blue 2021 Kia Sorento and grey 2020 Nissan Pathfinder

It seems that with every update and new model the Kia brand puts out they just keep getting better and better. With the full reveal of the redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento, the brand ups the ante once again for shoppers. Not only is the overall look of the 2021 Kia Sorento improved, but its updated powertrain lineup and interior tech take this three-row SUV even further.

To prove our point, we’ve put the 2021 Sorento against the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder to give you an idea of just how good this Kia SUV is. So, what exactly sets the Sorento ahead of the competition? Keep reading to find out. You can also click the link below to view our current lineup of in-stock Kia Sorento models at Friendly Kia.

2021 Kia Sorento


2020 Nissan Pathfinder

2.5-liter Turbo-4 engine Base Engine 3.5-liter V6 engine
8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission Transmission XTRONIC CVT®
277 horsepower Power Specs 284 horsepower
Yes Hybrid Model Options No
8.0-inch touchscreen Base Infotainment System 8.0-inch touchscreen
10.3-inch touchscreen Available Infotainment System N/A
Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ Connectivity Integration Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
Front-wheel drive standard | All-wheel drive available Drivetrain Front-wheel drive standard | All-wheel drive available
10 years/100,000 miles Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles

2021 Kia Sorento Shines Brighter than the Competition

Just based on looks alone the 2021 Kia Sorento is one of the most appealing vehicles on the market. The Sorento received a major facelift for the 2021 model year and its bold new grille and sculpted exterior are something you won't want to take your eyes off of.

Along with its updated design, the 2021 Kia Sorento is also offering something that we’ve never seen in a Sorento before –hybrid powertrains. Not only is the 2021 Sorento offering a traditional gas-powered option with the standard 2.5-liter Turbo-4 engine, but also a hybrid powertrain as well as a plug-in hybrid variant. The competing 2020 Nissan Pathfinder limits shoppers to just gasoline-powered options and comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine beneath the hood.

A major selling point for the 2021 Sorento, and something the 2020 Pathfinder can’t compete with, is the upgraded infotainment center. Both of these models feature a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. The Kia Sorento, however, offers shoppers an upgrade with a 10.3-inch display on top of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Additional tech upgrades to the 2021 Kia Sorento include mood lighting, an ambient sound marker, a 12-speaker Bose® sound system, and a head-up display.

For more information on the 2021 Kia Sorento contact a member of the Friendly Kia sales team today.