The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder and Kia Sorento are both midsize sport utility vehicles with seating for seven. You might think they look similar too, despite the distinctive grilles and fascia. But there’s more than meets the eye. In this comparison guide, we show you how the Pathfinder, the bigger of the two SUVs, boasts some unique advantages in this close race in a crowded class.
Cargo Room: 2019 Nissan Pathfinder
There’s a clear winner in this category between the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder and Kia Sorento. Take a peek behind the back seats of the Pathfinder and you’ll find 16.2 cubic feet of storage space. On the other hand, the Sorento offers only 11.3 cubes, a narrow space for all your stuff.
Granted, you can fold down seats to get more space when needed. But the Pathfinder has the Sorento beat there too. There’s a whopping 79.5 cubic feet when its seats are down compared to the Sorento’s 73 cubes. For camping trips or shopping sprees, the Pathfinder better fits your haul.
Towing Capacity: 2019 Nissan Pathfinder
Speaking of the long haul, the Nissan Pathfinder has the Kia Sorento beat if you want to tow anything. Take a look at these numbers. The Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds, above average for its class and beating out rivals like the Kia Sorento, which is slated to tow just 5,000 pounds. That’s more than enough for a trailer or fishing boat.
The divide is even greater when you try to save a buck or two by buying the base trim and standard equipment. Because the Pathfinder tows up to 6,000 pounds right out of the gate. You heard that right. Every Pathfinder, no matter the options (or lack thereof) and trim level boasts the same great towing capacity. Meanwhile, the base Sorento tows only 2,000 pounds.
There’s one category with which you’ll be happy no matter which sport utility vehicle you choose: safety. The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder is extremely safe with superb safety scores, a five out of five from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a Top Safety Pick distinction from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). On top of that, there’s standard active safety features like rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and rear parking sensors are standard in every Pathfinder.
The Kia Sorento too gets high marks, including a five-star overall rating from IIHS, along with a Top Safety Pick Plus award. The Sorento too has plenty of active safety features, including rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, surround-view camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring. Both of these SUVs do an admirable job of keeping you and your family safe. But only one can haul and tow more than the other.