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author photo by Will Kinton October 2016

In 2008, Kia released the Borrego, which was a body-on-frame SUV named after a desert in California. It certainly checked all the large SUV boxes, like available V6 and V8 engines, available 4-wheel drive and a 7,500-lb towing capacity. Kia continued to sell the Borrego all the way until 2009, when it was quietly discontinued and quickly forgotten. Due to almost nonexistent sales and only a single year of production, the Borrego is now a very rare car.

Why didn't anyone buy the Borrego? For one, it was an absolute dinosaur when it debuted. By 2008, America had more or less ended its fascination with the large, gas-guzzling, truck-based sport utility vehicle, opting for more fuel efficient and practical crossovers instead. Gas was $4 a gallon in many parts of the country when the Borrego debuted, and the Kia's 15 mile-per-gallon city rating just didn't cut it anymore. It didn't help that America was in the midst of plunging into an economic recession, either.

Furthermore, the Borrego had some flaws. There was, for example, an uncomfortable ride, the dull interior and the exterior aesthetics, which could be classified as plain ugly at worst and forgettable at best.

After the Borrego's second (and final) model year of 2009, Kia rolled out a larger version of its Sorento in 2011 to take its place. Of course, the Sorento fit much better with the current automotive zeitgeist, as it touted more fuel efficient engines, a modern look and a unibody, front-wheel-drive-based platform that gave drivers a more comfortable, carlike ride.

Somewhat incredibly, even though the Borrego was a sales disaster and only existed for just two model years, there are 109 for sale on Autotrader right now, with an average price of just $10,487, not a bad deal for a truck-based SUV with available V8 power. Better yet, many models have fairly low miles and claims of being one-owner vehicles. And so, despite the Borrego's failure when it launched, we must say: If you need a reliable boat and stuff hauler, the Borrego could actually fit your bill nicely.

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