A new model for 2009, the Kia Borrego is a rugged body-on-frame SUV that seats seven passengers and has plenty of towing capability. Two engine choices for the Kia Borrego are available: a 3.8L V6 engine powering 276 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque or a 4.6L V8 engine generating 337 hp and 323 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are available with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The six-cylinder trims are coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission, while the V8 trims get a six-speed automatic transmission. Kia Borrego standard features indicate the V6 trims have a towing capability of 5,000 pounds and the V8 trims have a whopping 7,500 pounds of towing strength. EPA estimated fuel economy ratings stand at 17 mpg city/21 mpg hwy and 19 mpg combined driving with the rear-drive V6 trims, and go down to 15/20/17 mpg with the 4WD V8 trims. Standard safety features include traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, hill assist control, downhill brake control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor.Read more Read less
The Borrego is an all-new SUV that rides on a completely new body-on-frame platform. It's aimed at traditional SUV buyers who need towing ability as well as modest off-road capability. The Borrego represents two firsts for the Kia brand: Kia's first V-8 engine, as well as its first six-speed automatic transmission.
Smooth, powerful engines; quiet, refined interior; comfortable seating; towing ability; strong value
The Borrego enters a crowded field of more truck-like mid-size SUVs, including the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota 4Runner and Chevrolet TrailBlazer that are gradually losing favor to more passenger-friendly crossover utility vehicles. However the Borrego has exterior styling that's more modern than these rivals. The Borrego has a body-on-frame layout that helps make it as tough and tow-friendly as the best, with a class-leading 7500-pound tow rating, yet it has a level of refinement and quiet comfort inside that's unmatched by most of its rivals. Price itself is a strong selling point for the Borrego; it offers more standard equipment than the competition at a similar price, which can make it quite the deal for those who want a loaded vehicle.