2018 Kia Sorento vs Nissan Pathfinder

2018 Kia Sorento vs Nissan Pathfinder

Three-row SUVs, like the 2018 Kia Sorento and Nissan Pathfinder, give you the space and utility you need for the perfect family road trip. Both crossovers provide generous passenger space and comfort. They can also tow your boat to all of your favorite fishing spots. Which is right for you, the Sorento or the Pathfinder? Our comparison guide is here to set you on the right path.

2018 Kia Sorento vs Nissan Pathfinder

Best Deal on Passenger Comfort: 2018 Kia Sorento

With a starting MSRP of $25,900, the Sorento offers a three-row cabin that just about anyone can afford. And, when you add upscale features like leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats, the Sorento gives you an impressive take on luxury travel.

We can't help but appreciate the Pathfinder's take on three-row travel, with more than enough room for the entire family. Seating is supportive, giving you the long-haul comfort that you crave. However, the Nissan Pathfinder's price tag is a bit steeper, starting at $31,040 and climbing higher with every comfort feature that you add.

Best Technology Lineup: 2018 Kia Sorento

There's no question that the Sorento does the best job of keeping you connected. That's thanks in part to the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration features, which are offered for all but the base model. This technology displays smartphone apps on your central touchscreen, putting them in your line of sight so you can better focus on traffic. We also like the UVO infotainment system, because its intuitive menu systems are easy to use on the go.

The Nissan Pathfinder is also home to a sharp infotainment system. It includes a crisp 8-inch touchscreen, so you can operate it with most of your attention focused on the road. However, Nissan has yet to include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities for complete smartphone integration.

Safest Drive: 2018 Kia Sorento

Here, the Sorento takes the proverbial cake. After it earned top scores in every crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named this crossover a 2018 Top Safety Pick. High-tech driver aids help you maintain safety. When the collision warning system senses danger, it can act on your behalf by automatically applying the brakes.

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder didn't win any accolades from the IIHS, but its crash-tests are pretty solid. It, too, offers advanced safety aids to warn you of nearby danger. If you do a lot of highway travelling, features like blind-spot warning certainly come in handy.

Heaviest Tow Rating: 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

With one of the best tow ratings in the segment, the Pathfinder is right for anyone with a heavy boat at home. Properly equipped, this sporty crossover can tow up to 6,000 pounds. Of course, the 2018 Kia Sorento isn't exactly a slouch. Depending on powertrain and equipment configuration, the Sorento can tow max loads of either 2,000 or 5,000 pounds.

Both of these three-row crossover SUVs are big on style and substance, but we think that the 2018 Kia Sorento has the overall edge. It gives you the best deal on comfort, convenience, and modern technology. Inside, your family will enjoy road-trip-friendly head- and legroom in all three rows. The Sorento also provides the safest ride, boasting world-class safety scores and advanced safety aids.

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