What Edmunds.com says...
For those who need the utility and towing capacity of a body-on-frame SUV, the 2009 Kia Borrego offers solid performance, respectable fuel economy and more luxurious appointments than many of its competitors.
Powerful engine choices, high towing capacity, decent fuel economy from V8, quiet ride.
Handling can feel sloppy and disconnected, acceleration lags from slow upshifts and hesitant throttle, no power liftgate option.
A new model for 2009, the Kia Borrego is a traditional midsize 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.
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- Family Friendly Three rows of seating are standard, and the third row has enough room for average-size adults.
- Cargo Hauler The second and third rows fold flat into the floor, creating a good amount of space.
- Towing Capable The V6 models tow 5,000 pounds, but the V8s comes with a standard 7,500-pound tow rating, with the hitch and wiring already there.
- Off-Road Ready The Kia Boreggo can be bought with true four-wheel drive with a low-range transfer case. The included electronic hill descent control (HDC) is very effective. Its approach and departure angles, however, are unremarkable