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2009 Kia Borrego Sport Utility

2WD 4dr V6 LX

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  • $26,245 original MSRP
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2009 Kia Borrego Sport Utility

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Kia Borrego Sport Utility

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.

What's new for 2009?

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.

Model Strengths

  • Smooth, powerful engines
  • quiet, refined interior
  • comfortable seating
  • towing ability
  • strong value

Model Review

The Borrego is offered in two different well-appointed trim levels, LX and EX, both of which are available with a V-6 or V-8 engine and rear- or four-wheel drive. Both engines are modern all-aluminum designs, smooth, and powerful; the 3.8-liter V-6 makes 276 horsepower, while the 4.6-liter V-8 produces 337 horsepower.

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Source: MSN Autos

Timing is everything in business. Unfortunately for Kia, last August was a bad time to introduce its first big, bulky, 7-passenger sport-utility vehicle built for the North American marketplace, the 2009 Borrego. Gas was up over $4 a gallon, and consumers were scurrying to trade in their gas-guzzling sport utes for smaller, more fuel-efficient crossovers faster than rats abandoning a sinking ship.

Fact is, when Kia began designing the Borrego several years ago, gas was two bucks a gallon and SUV sales were strong. That was certainly not the case last summer.

While Kia's timing might have been off, it still built a solid truck. If you need to haul seven passengers, like all-wheel drive and plan to tow up to 7,500 pounds, the Borrego offers some good reasons to add it to your shopping list.

Model Lineup
The Borrego covers all of the bases with its trim offerings: an entry-level LX, the up-level EX and the top-of-the-line Limited, with its leather interior and plenty of bells and whistles. It's available with either two- or four-wheel drive; a V6 engine is standard and a V8 is optional.

The Borrego won't turn heads with breakthrough styling. Instead, Kia designers have stuck to the traditional SUV design conventions with an upright, two-box design and a wide stance.

Below the chiseled hood, a large, upright grille is flanked by flared-back headlights. Slightly bulging fenders wrap around standard 17-inch wheels or optional 18 inchers projecting a masculine look without being macho.

Kia believes the Borrego's offerings, styling and features can hold their own against traditional midsize competitors such as the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota 4Runner, as well as crossover SUVs such as the Honda Pilot, Chevy Traverse, Ford Flex and Mazda CX-9.

Under the Hood
A powerful V8 engine isn't the first thing that comes to mind when talking about Kia, but the Borrego has a dandy one. It's a version of the V8 that powers the Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan and features variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts.

The 4.6-liter eight puts out a lusty 337 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm. Coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode, V8-equipped Borregos can tow an impressive 7,500 pounds.

If you don't need the V8, the V6 engine is no slouch. Producing 276 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, the 3.8-liter powerplant is capable of towing 5,000 lbs. Power is managed by a 5-speed automatic, also with a manual shift mode.

Surprisingly, there isn't much difference in fuel economy between the two engines. The V6 4WD versions are rated at 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway, while V8 4WD trims return 15/20 mpg.

The off-road universe is represented here by Borg Warner's excellent Torque-on-Demand four-wheel-drive system. It's easy to operate, with a "set-and-forget" full-time 4WD mode, 4-Hi for added traction and stability in muddy or snowy conditions, and 4-Lo providing control for crawling over rocks or down slick hillsides.

Inner Space
Kia bills the Borrego as a luxury SUV, but that's a bit of a stretch. For example, while Bluetooth connectivity is becoming standard on cars under $20,000, it's an option on the LX and EX trims. Want both a navigation system and rear-seat entertainment? You can have only one. Want a power tailgate? Not available.

That said, the Borrego is a very pleasant place to be seated, no matter how long the drive. While materials don't visually earn luxury status, they're not far off; fabric and leather surfaces have a quality feel with stitching sewn to near perfection.

Gauges are done up in a crisp, readable white on black, and the controls are easily reached. The switch gear feels substantial and operates with a smooth deliberateness.

There is ample headroom and legroom in the front and second-row seats for the over-6-foot crowd. However, like most 7-passenger SUVs in this class, the only adult you would likely direct to the third row is the brother-in-law you don't like.

Cargo space behind the third row is a more-than-adequate 12.4 cubic feet. If more space is needed, the rear seats easily fold flat to open up to nearly 98 cubic feet of hauling space behind the front cabin.

Standard convenience features are competitive: air conditioning; cruise control; tilt steering wheel; keyless entry; power locks, windows and mirrors; AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sirius 6-speaker audio system; and a USB input jack. Unlike its competitors, the Borrego offers a standard trailer hitch and electric harness.

Moving up to the EX adds power adjustable seats for the driver and front passenger, dual-zone automatic climate control, steering-wheel audio controls, a trip computer, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Arriving soon, the Limited edition has all of the above, plus 18-inch wheels, leather interior, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and a backup camera.

On the Road
Since Kia expects about 85 percent of buyers to choose the 6-cylinder engine, we requested a V6-powered EX 4WD for a weeklong test drive. This is a strong engine, and it pulls the 4,460-pound Borrego with conviction. It is quite refined and quiet, and responds quickly to the right foot.

The only time we wished for the extra two cylinders was climbing steep hills while pulling a 3,700-pound boat and trailer.

The 5-speed automatic is a good match to the six and delivers near-seamless gear changes.

For all its modern amenities, the Borrego is old-school at heart. It's built on a sturdy truck chassis, with beefy hydroformed steel rails. Unlike crossover SUVs, which are built on car unibodies, its default drive wheels are in the rear.

Body-on-frame construction tends to introduce trucklike ride and handling qualities, which Kia has countered fairly well with a 4-wheel independent suspension. Overall, this design provides a mostly compliant ride. Hit some broken pavement or railroad tracks, however, and the Borrego reveals its bones.

Steering is responsive and accurate but a little less certain at center. Pushing hard through a corner produces predictable but controlled body lean and, thanks to a stability control system that will arrest most skids, overenthusiastic drivers receive a certain amount of latitude.

Off pavement, the Borrego is equal to anything in its class. The 8.5-inch ground clearance, along with good approach and departure angles, easily handled one of our favorite, and fairly difficult, off-road trails.

Right for You?
Available now, the Borrego 2WD LX with a V6 engine has a base price of $26,995, including destination charges; the 2WD EX with the V6 starts at $28,745. All-wheel drive adds $2,000, and a V8 adds $4,750 to the LX and $3,000 to the EX. The Limited, equipped only with a V8, starts at $39,995.

If space for seven folks and towing are important, the Borrego is a well-built, capable, midsize SUV. It offers competitive pricing along with a five-star U.S. government safety rating and a five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

On the other hand, if towing isn't a need and an occasional jolt over rough pavement is something to be avoided, a crossover SUV would be a better choice.

Larry Hall is the editor of Northwest Auto News Service and a freelance journalist based in Olympia, Wash. For more than 20 years, he's covered the automotive industry for numerous trade journals, newspapers and business publications.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain 10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/60,000 Miles 24-hour roadside assistance

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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

120-months/100,000-mile Powertrain warranty from original in-service date
Age/Mileage Eligibility up to 5 model years old w/ less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 10-Year/Unlimited Mileage from In-Service Date
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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