The Kia Borrego is a four-door seven-passenger rear-wheel drive SUV. The Kia Borrego is Kia’s first SUV to have a V8 engine. This could be seen as a risky move in an industry where SUVs have become the last in consumer choice in today’s market of economic instability and high fuel costs. Its name is also strange as the Borrego is an endangered species of California bighorn sheep.

The styling of this distinctive vehicle includes flared wheel wells, chromed grill and unique headlamps. This vehicle is built on a four-wheel independent suspension with coil-over springs at both the front and the back for an excellent ride whether on road or off road.

Under the hood of this large vehicle is standard a 3.8 L V6 engine with variable valve timing that offers a healthy 276 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Paired to this is a five-speed manumatic transmission. This engine has the capacity to tow a 2,268 kg trailer. If this isn’t enough power then consider the 4.6 L V8 engine with variable valve timing offering 337 hp and 323 lb-ft of torque. More pickup means more towing capacity – up to 5000 lb with the V6 and 7500 lb with the V8 engine. This is an impressive load for a mid-sized SUV. Paired with this powerful engine is a six-speed manumatic transmission. The vehicle comes in two trim levels, the basic LX and the step up EX trim. Kia is planning on adding a top of the line Limited trim.

The EPA fuel economy for the 2WD Kia Borrego with the V6 engine is 17 miles per gallon in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. With the V8 engine, the vehicle achieves 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

The vehicle is available in front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive models, giving the vehicle a lot of versatility. Inside the vehicle, there are three rows of seating to carry seven full-size adults. The front and second row of seats are both spacious and comfortable. If you don’t need to carry that many passengers, the rear seats have fold-flat capability with a full complement of safety features.

Kia Borrego Features and Options

The Kia Borrego comes fully packed with features. Included as standard in the entry-level Borrego LX is a decent audio system, fold flat seats for both the second and third row of seats, a navigation system, rearview camera , satellite radio, a reverse-sensing system, heated seats and USB inputs. For the EX model, there is dual-zone automatic climate control, power tilt/ telescopic steering wheel, and even an eight-way driver’s seat.

Kia Borrego Safety

The Kia Borrego comes with a full complement of safety features including four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution with brake assist, downhill brake control, Hill assist control, dual front advanced air bags, front-seat mounted side airbags, and full length multi-stage airbags like side curtain airbags with rollover sensor. Other personal safety features include 3-point seat belts w/front pretensioners, force limiters, height adjustable anchors, lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH), rear child safety door locks, electronic stability control with traction control, impact absorbing steering column, side impact door beams, and front and rear crumple zones.

The 2009 Kia Borrego is a carryover from 2008. The 2009 Borrego is available two different trim levels, the LX and the EX. Each of these editions of the SUV has the option of either a V6 or a V8 engine. The 6-cylinder motor displaces 3.8 liters and provides 276 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment, and fuel economy is rated at 17 miles per gallon in city driving and 21 miles per gallon on the highway. The V8 is a 4.6 liter unit that grinds out 337 horsepower and 323 lb-ft of torque, matched with a 6-speed automatic. Fuel mileage is a respectable 15 miles per gallon in stop and go traffic and 20 miles per gallon during highway cruising. Four-wheel drive is an option on both trims.