In 2008, Kia introduced a new midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) to its lineup for the 2009 model year. The Kia Borrego is a four-door SUV marketed by Kia as a luxury vehicle. After being unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show, the Kia Borrego went on sale in both the Korean and American markets. In the U.S., the 2010 model was put on hold and has not been manufactured since then. As such, the 2009 Kia Borrego is the only model year available in the U.S. for this luxury midsize SUV.
Body Style: SUV
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, six-speed automatic
Models: Borrego LX, Borrego EX, Borrego Limited
The 2009 Kia Borrego is a new addition to the Kia lineup for the 2009 model year, but two features are noteworthy about this SUV. First, this is the first Kia vehicle to be equipped with a V-8 engine, making it one of the most powerful SUVs in its class. And second, both engine choices produce a lot of power, while still receiving excellent gas mileage and SUV.
Kia used body-on-frame construction to manufacture the 2009 Borrego. It is a four-door SUV with a rear hatch for accessing the cargo area. The 17-inch alloy wheels are standard for the base trim level, and 18-inch wheels are standard on the higher trim levels. All 2009 Kia Borrego SUVs come with roof rails and an integrated tow hitch, while foglights and heated mirrors are standard features for the EX and Limited trim levels.
The 2009 Kia Borrego comfortably seats seven passengers over three rows, while still providing cargo room. The third row seat can be stowed if extra cargo space is needed. The second row of seating can be folded down, with a 60/40 split, while the third row has a 50/50 split.
Kia marketed the 2009 Kia Borrego as a luxury midsize SUV, and the materials and available technologies for the interior maintain this image. The dash and instrument panel is laid out to ensure clarity and ease of use. The interior is comfortable and not cluttered, with plenty of optional features available based on the trim level and package that is purchased. A voice activated navigation system, Bluetooth wireless connection, keyless ignition, and a rear view camera are offered for the first time by Kia for the 2009 Kia Borrego. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, as well as heated second row seats, an upgraded audio system, and a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel are available with the Limited trim level of the 2009 Kia Borrego.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Kia Borrego’s standard engine and transmission is a 276-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 coupled with a five-speed automatic transmission. With the upgrade to the 4.6-liter, V-8 engine, the power increases to 337 horsepower, and the transmission is also upgraded to a six-speed automatic.
All versions of the 2009 Kia Borrego can be fitted with a rear- or all-wheel drive (AWD) system. The LX trim line is only equipped with AWD if the V-8 engine option is chosen.
Both the V-6 and the V-8 engines provide more than enough power for the 2009 Kia Borrego, but one downfall is that the V-6 is coupled only with the five-speed transmission. While the ride is generally comfortable, the 2009 Kia Borrego has an independent rear suspension that can make for a bumpy ride over broken surfaces. Steering and handling are as to be expected for an SUV this size, but the 2009 Kia Borrego has the smallest turning circle of all vehicles in its class.
When properly equipped, the 2009 Borrego can tow up to 5,000 pounds with the V-6 engine and 7,500 pounds with the V-8 engine.
Standard safety features for the 2009 Kia Borrego include anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), traction and stability control system, an anti-skid system, hill assist control, and downhill brake control. Front seat airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags are included with all trim levels. The side-curtain airbags are equipped with a rollover sensor. For those 2009 Kia Borregos with the V-8 engine, a driver’s knee airbag is added as standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
Borrego V-6: 16/21 mpg city/highway
Borrego V-8: 15/20 mpg city/highway
- Powerful engines
- High towing capacity
- Good gas mileage
You Won't Like
- Acceleration lags
- No liftgate
- Poor steering
- Bumpy ride
Luxury midsize SUV at a value price.
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