Kia introduced the midsize Borrego as the 2009 model year and it had a truck type body-on-frame design.
The Borrego wasn’t necessarily the type of car missing from the American market, however, it was an affordable SUV that met some of the features of a luxurious car.
The truck type SUV was offered with V6 or V8 power and could accommodate up to 7 passengers with the 3 rows of seats available.
The Borrego was fitted with a four-wheel-drive system to offer great off-road capabilities. However, the SUV was not decent at all when it came to the fuel consumption, it was a rather thirsty vehicle.
Offering a solid and heavy feel, the Borrego acted like a regular truck SUV, much like the more expensive competitor, the Ford Explorer.
Due to its high stance, the Borrego leaned in turns, however, it was not unstable.
The ride quality was comfortable, however, compared to the competitors on the market, both of its available engines were a little underpowered.
Inside, the high seating position made it very easy to see over traffic. The materials used were carefully assembled, however, hard plastics were used. Heavily marketed as luxurious, the Borrego lacked soft touch materials.
The Borrego was vailable in three trim levels, the LX, EX and the Limited.
The base trim level came with power accessories, an USB port, Aux jack and skidplates.
The EX trim level added atuomatic climate control, power dont seats, automatic headlights and foglights.
The more luxurious Limited trim level came with leather upholstery, heated seats, a rearview camera to enhance safety, power adjustable pedals and Bluetooth cellphone connectivity.