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Nissan Pathfinder vs. Kia Soul Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year and Model Percent of Average  
2014 - 2016 Kia Soul
0% Best 28% Worst
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2013 - 2016 Nissan Pathfinder
51.7142857143% Best 128% Worst
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2012 - 2013 Kia Soul
26% Best 83% Worst
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2010 - 2011 Kia Soul
30.5714285714% Best 91% Worst
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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 automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Have not had any problems so far with 33,000 miles full 2008 Nissan Pathfinder review
2008 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Past experience with Nissan and reputation. full 2008 Nissan Pathfinder review
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. full 2006 Nissan Pathfinder review
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 full 2005 Nissan Pathfinder review
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. full 2004 Nissan Pathfinder review
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. full 2003 Nissan Pathfinder review
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. full 2003 Nissan Pathfinder review
2003 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Really tough car and reliable suspension. full 2003 Nissan Pathfinder review
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. full 2002 Nissan Pathfinder review
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. full 2008 Nissan Pathfinder review
 

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
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. full 2010 Kia Soul review
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The reviews I have read and the actual driving experience. full 2010 Kia Soul review
2010 4dr Hatch 142-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
When we bought this car in 2010, we were aware of Kia's dim reputation in the 1990s and their better -- but still "cheap" -- reputation in the 2000s. But it seemed like Kia was advancing quickly. And so they have. In the five-plus years we've owned the car, it has been recalled four times. None of the recalls stranded us and one even was proactive (added rustproofing). The car has received routine maintenance. And that's been about it. It has been quite troublefree. And, so far, it doesn't look like we'll need to claim on the one remaining warranty -- the anti-corrosion warranty. It's only six years, but the car still looks good. All in all, we gambled on getting a bargain and we won. We definitely would consider another Kia for our next vehicle. full 2010 Kia Soul review