As a new model for 2009, the Kia Borrego is in the traditional mold of a mid-size SUV that seats seven passengers. It’s available with either a V6 or V8 engine as well as a choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. There are 9 trim/style choices of the 09 Borrego, with multiple option and standard equipment packages that will suit the needs of most consumers. Combined with reasonable prices and better than average fuel economy, Kia believes that the Borrego will do well in the SUV market, and they may be right. All nine Borrego models come with four wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, side passenger airbags, three row front air bags, and an anti-theft alarm system. All of the v6 models come with 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. The v8 models offer 4.8 liter engines with a six speed manual transmissions and an impressive 337 horsepower.
The base model LX Borrego comes with rear wheel drive, five speed automatic transmission, and a 3.8 liter six cylinder engine. Options on this model include blue tooth, remote start, a convenience package that includes eight way power driver’s seat, and leather trim. There are also two different interior protection packages to choose from, including mud guards, cargo area protection, and all weather Floor mats. Starting at $26,000, this model is a good starting point for the Borrego.
The base EX model of the Borrego starts at $28,000. It is built on the same rear wheel drive, 3.8 liter engine, with a five speed automatic transmission. The standard equipment remains relatively unchanged, except for a few minor tweaks. The option packages differ more widely than LX Borrego. The EX offers a premium package including a six disc cd changer and up to 18 inch chrome wheels. The EX also offers a luxury package including leather seats, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel and driver seat memory system. Also including, rear entertainment system, with an 8 inch wide-screen monitor, wireless headphones, and video inputs.
The second level LX offers few upgrades in options or standard equipment with the exception of full time four wheel drive, and starts at $28,200. Thesecond level EX model of the Borrego starts at $29,995, and also has minimum upgrades from the base EX besides the four wheel drive system. Now, on to the v8 models. The LX version of the v8 Borrego starts at $31,000. The LX v8 offers, again, no changes in equipment except for the engine and transmission package. The EX model of the v8 offers very little, once again, in the way of upgrades, except the engine and transmissions.
The Limited version of the Borrego, comes in two different models with the same standard and optional equipment, except for the rear and four wheel drive, drive- trains. The limited is a more luxury based model, coming in with standard leather seats, and a DVD voice activated navigation system. The rear wheel version starts at $37,995, while the four wheel drive model starts at $39,995.
With the wide variety of choices, people who want or need a mid-sized SUV, will be pleasantly surprised by the 2009 Kia Borrego.