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Nissan Pathfinder vs. Kia Soul Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Nissan Pathfinder or Kia Soul reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Nissan Pathfinder and the Kia Soul truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Nissan Pathfinder and Kia Soul reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Nissan Pathfinder and the Kia Soul were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Nissan Pathfinder and the Kia Soul have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Kia Soul 27 Souls, 5.7 months of data per Soul, average 4500 miles

Redesigned.
23
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Nissan Pathfinder 34 Pathfinders, 6.1 months of data per Pathfinder, average 6200 miles

Common problem with shuddering with the revised transmission continues into a second model year. Nissan has been replacing the affected transmissions.
58
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Kia Soul 31 Souls, 11.1 months of data per Soul, average 17900 miles10
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Nissan Pathfinder 34 Pathfinders, 9.8 months of data per Pathfinder, average 14800 miles

Common problem with shuddering with the revised transmission. The related JX35 used an older, less efficient CVT for most of the model year.
40
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Kia Soul 44 Souls, 10.8 months of data per Soul, average 30800 miles23
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Kia Soul 49 Souls, 9.8 months of data per Soul, average 40100 miles32
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Kia Soul 56 Souls, 9.8 months of data per Soul, average 58100 miles13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Nissan Pathfinder   12 Pathfinders, 9.1 months of data per Pathfinder, average 103400 miles

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2007 Nissan Pathfinder   11 Pathfinders, 9.3 months of data per Pathfinder, average 93700 miles

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder   12 Pathfinders, 10.2 months of data per Pathfinder, average 103000 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder   17 Pathfinders, 7.8 months of data per Pathfinder, average 101600 miles

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2003 Nissan Pathfinder   16 Pathfinders, 7.4 months of data per Pathfinder, average 136900 miles

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2002 Nissan Pathfinder   17 Pathfinders, 9.2 months of data per Pathfinder, average 145600 miles

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2001 Nissan Pathfinder   18 Pathfinders, 8.6 months of data per Pathfinder, average 143100 miles

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2000 Nissan Pathfinder   14 Pathfinders, 10.1 months of data per Pathfinder, average 152300 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Nissan Pathfinder

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Past experience with Nissan and reputation.
2008 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Have not had any problems so far with 33,000 miles
2006 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
So far, after 2 years, runs like a clock.
2005 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Have had no major issues with this vehicle
2004 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
The reliability of the powertrain is rock-solid. The VQ35DE engine will go for well over 300,000km without any major issues, and the transmission will give you no problems. One thing to watch: on areas with salted roads or by oceans, rust can be an issue.
2003 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
The VQ35DE engine is proven to be reliable and long-lasting.
2003 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Really tough car and reliable suspension.
2003 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
No mechanical problems in 3 years of daily use.
2002 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
This SUV is bulletproof. It just never lets me down.
Nissan Pathfinder Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV 310-horsepower 5.6L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range
Far too many issues in the short time I owned the SUV. There were 3 recalls but thankfully for nothing major. With only 31k miles on the clock, I had issues with the TPS system, gas door hatch, rear hatch lock, window motors, rear hatch leak and more.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Kia Soul

Kia Soul Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The reviews I have read and the actual driving experience.
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
5Star crash, 4Star rollover and a 10year 100k warrenty. Hyundai did wonders for KIA when they merged. The fit and finish have really come around in the past few years and greatly in the 2010 linups for both companies. Very responsive to customer needs.