2009 Kia Borrego
The Borrego is Kia's first foray into the market of true SUV's.
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True "Utillity" in a great daily driver package by Durbiaj, ND on 06/05/2012. Trim: 2009 Kia Borrego EX V8 4WD, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: I tow a boat regularly and I barely noice it's back there. It's got great pickup but shifts conservatively for most situations to conserve fuel which with the V8 is a good thing. When I do need more get up and go I just put it in the manual shift mode and it works smooth as butter. Ultimately I love that for my family of six we can ride comfortably with everyone having plenty of elbow room. The quiet ride, solid feel, fit and finish of the vehicle inside and out are just amazing. Although its interior is understated by some views it's timeless, convenient, comfortable. My vavorite quote from friends is "This is a Kia?" or "I didn't know Kia made anything this nice".
Cons: Cargo space when all three rows are in use is frankly embarasing, a necessary sacrifice for an adult capable third row while maintaining it's great daily driver dimensions. The ride is definately harsh but also a trade off for great handling, cargo capacity and towing capacity.
Overall review: A friend of mine said to me, he's a die hard Honda Pilot owner, after an extended trip with me. "There's nothing your Borrego doesn't match or do just a little better than my Pilot" The only two things the Pilot really beats the Borrego on is every day ride, and perception of being a CUV rather than a true SUV. Overall I needed a daily driver with seating for 6 plus and true 'Utillity" for towing, ocasional off roading and all season reliabillity. This Vehicle delivers on all my requirements in spades and I love the fact it's not common. This truely is a great vehicle and if you can find a clean one you really should consider it if you need the utillity of much larger SUVs but don't need or want all the bulk. The V8 is definately the way to go if you can find one, I consistently beat millage estimates by 2-3 MPG. My wife and our 4 kids are truely impressed. Every Borrego Owner I see Gives me a thumbs up when they see I have one too, I think that says a lot.
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