Kia Borrego

The Kia Borrego is a luxury SUV that was manufactured from 2008 to 2011 by South Korean carmaker, Kia Motors. The vehicle debuted as the Kia Mohave in Korea and the Kia Borrego in the U.S. in 2008. The name Borrego derives from the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California and refers to the big-horned sheep that live in the park.

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Kia Borrego Origins

Peter Schreyer, former Chief Automotive Designer of Audi, designed the Kia Borrego. The concept car made its debut in the North American International Auto Show in 2005 as the Kia Mesa. The production car in Korea, the Kia Mohave, went on sale a little before the Kia Borrego debuted in the United States. Sales fell way below expectations in 2009, which led to the termination of the 2010 model year Kia Borrego. During this one-year hiatus, Kia Motors kept quiet and did not talk about its cancellation or return. As 2010 came to a close, the company removed the Kia Borrego from its list of production models and also began advertising the Kia Sorento as its replacement. This cancellation only applied to the U.S., and the Kia Borrego continued to sell in the Canadian market. As a result, the 2010 and 2011 models of the car have Canada-only nameplates.

Kia officially discontinued the Borrego and replaced it with the Sorento on October 28, 2011.

About the Kia Borrego

During its short life, the Kia Borrego was known as a traditional SUV. The price of the vehicle remains quite low, considering that it’s a luxury SUV and still offers some modern cabin technology. The Kia Borrego does not disappoint when it comes to the exterior either. Its strong lines and aggressive stance give the car a rugged look. The four-wheel drive that comes with the Kia Borrego makes the SUV quite capable offroad. The entertainment system and fuel economy are mediocre. The V-6 engine that powers the Kia Borrego got a poor response. The navigation system moves slow as well, and the car’s shortcomings led the Borrego to a mediocre reputation. Although the model sold from 2009 to 2011 in other countries, the U.S. just saw one model year of the Kia Borrego, and nobody seemed to notice when it disappeared.

Kia Borrego Features

The 2009 Kia Borrego marks the only model year for the vehicle in the U.S. market. The Borrego saw barely any changes, even outside the U.S., during the two years of its existence. As a result, the Kia Borrego remains the same even to this day. At first impression, this vehicle looks more like a truck, while other manufacturers try to move from a truck-based SUV to a crossover body style. As a result, the Borrego remains the odd one of the group. The car features low-range gearing, a V-8 engine, and a four-wheel-drive system. Customers receive all three features poorly, even though they are necessary to get a reasonable performance out of the vehicle.

The Kia Borrego comes with an optional package to make it work reasonably well offroad. The package also improves the towing capacity of the SUV. As a result, customer hopes ran high for this vehicle. However, bad release timing and the choice of pushing certain necessities as costly optional features brought the Kia Borrego to a grinding halt right after the first model year.

Even though the features, price, and quality of the vehicle are attractive enough, its ownership costs fail to impress many. Spare parts are understandably hard to find because the Borrego only sold for a year. As a result, the SUV cannot be deemed a long-term vehicle.

The Kia Borrego comes in two different trim levels, the LX and EX. Both trims debuted with the Borrego itself. The SUV can contain one of two engines: a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that delivers 276 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, or a 4.6-liter V-8 engine that has a maximum power of 337 hp and a maximum torque of 323 lb-ft. The V-6 engine pairs with a five-speed automatic transmission, while the V-8 couples with a six-speed automatic transmission gearbox.

In spite of its short life, the Kia Borrego does have some positives. For example, the car remains impressively stable thanks in part to its low-body stance and wide wheelbase. These aspects of the vehicle design allow the center of gravity to be focused low on the ground, which makes the Kia Borrego capable of making turns that other SUVs fail to manage as easily.

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2009 Kia Borrego

SUV, Utility/Offroad

In 2008, Kia introduced a new midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) to its lineup for the 2009 model year.