If your family has grown to the point when seating for five is not enough anymore, you are probably considering switching to a midsize three-row SUV. There’s a lot of convenience in this segment, as it packs up space, power and technology at a more reasonable price than a full-size SUV. The class has also dethroned the minivan as the leading family-friendly vehicle, offering more versatility and a more modern style.
One model worth considering is the 2020 Kia Sorento, a competitive and affordable crossover that brings sublime ride quality, spacious seating and upmarket interior features. Today we are comparing it against another popular model among value-minded family shoppers, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder. Let’s find out what each model has to offer and which one has the best value.
2020 Kia Sorento
2020 Nissan Pathfinder
|185 – 290 hp||Horsepower Range||284 hp|
|22 / 29 / 25 mpg – 16 / 26 / 22 mpg||Fuel Economy (City/Hwy/Combined)||20 / 27 / 23 mpg|
|Standard||Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™||Not available|
|7 passengers||Seating Capacity||7 passengers|
|73.0 cu. ft.||Cargo Volume||79.5 cu. ft.|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
The 2020 Kia Sorento is the most economical option by far. Drivers who choose this model over the Pathfinder will be able to save more than $4,500. Although its base engine delivers less horsepower than the rival’s one, the Sorento offers buyers two engine options two choose from, allowing them to prioritize either power or fuel-efficiency. The base engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, while the optional 3.3-liter 6-cylinder engine puts up 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque.
The new Sorento comes packed with technologies to keep you connected wherever you go. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are standard throughout the lineup, a feature not available on any 2020 Nissan Pathfinder model. Passengers will also be able to enjoy optional features like the Harman/Kardon® 10-speaker audio system and a wireless phone charger.
Let’s not forget about one of the most praised aspects of the Kia brand, its extended warranty coverage. The outstanding 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty offered in the Sorento tops all competitors’ coverage plans, including the one in the Nissan Pathfinder.