2009 Kia Borrego Gets Five Stars

September 5, 2008
Continuing its sales onslaught from South Korea, and proving the company is paying much more attention to American tastes, Kia's brand-new Borrego full-size SUV earned five of five stars for all seating positions in both frontal and side impacts in the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's crash testing. This was the vehicle's first test by the NHTSA.

This makes the Borrego the fifth vehicle in Kia's stable to earn five stars from the NHTSA. Other Kia vehicles with that distinction include the Optima, Sportage, Sorento, and Sedona.

Standard safety features on the competitively priced Borrego include: advanced airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags for all three rows and driver's knee airbag (V-8 models only); four-wheel disc brakes with an anti-lock brake system (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and traction control system (TCS); tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS); electronic brake distribution (EBD); and a brake assist system (BAS).

It remains to be seen whether consumers will warm to yet another heavy, full-frame SUV, but with a newly developed optional V-8 from the Genesis sedan (that earns better highway fuel economy than the base V-6) and impressive safety, the Borrego is off to a solid start. You can read our driving impressions, and we'll be back soon with a full review that draws on opinions from around the Web.

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