|Midsize SUV; Built in South Korea|
|Good condition price range: $14,800 – $20,000*|
2009 Kia Borrego Front
2009 Kia Borrego Rear
2009 Kia Borrego Interior
2009 Kia Borrego Profile
Borrego compares favorably to established truck-type SUV competitors such as Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango. Even so, in an age of higher fuel prices, vehicles of this type are an anachronism. If you need what a truck-type SUV offers, Borrego is worth a look. But bear in mind that this Kia entered a challenging market environment that relied more on incentives than the goodness of the product. Quick expiration of a new model typically translates to bargain used-car prices, but not everyone wants a vehicle that is no longer built.
Brand-new for 2009, the Kia Borrego was a midsize sport-utility vehicle from the Korean automaker. The Borrego marked Kia’s first offering that was available with a V8 engine. This seven-passenger four-door SUV used traditional truck-type construction and came in three trim levels: base LX, mid-level EX, and top-of-the-line Limited. Power came from a 276-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 paired to a five-speed automatic transmission or a 337-hp 4.6-liter V8 that mated with a six-speed automatic. Both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive were offered. The 4WD models had low-range gearing for off-roading. LX V8s were 4WD-only. Limiteds were V8-only with rear- or four-wheel drive. Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags. Available features included an uplevel audio system, fold-flat second- and third-row seats, a navigation system, satellite radio, MP3 and USB capability, and a rearview camera. A power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, leather upholstery, and heated front seats were standard in the Limited and optional for the EX. Heated second-row seats, power-adjustable pedals, and keyless access and engine start were Limited-exclusive standard features. Towing capacity was 5000 pounds with the V6 and 7500 pounds with the V8. Borrego competitors included the Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, and GMC Envoy.