The 2009 Kia Borrego is an all-new vehicle, and as such, it has not yet been crash-tested by either NHTSA or the IIHS, the two crash-test authorities in the United States. Fortunately, with today's ever-increasing emphasis on safety, Kia designers have incorporated a wealth of standard safety features on the Kia Borrego designed to enhance occupant safety and crash survivability.
The 2009 Kia Borrego may not have been crash-tested, but ConsumerGuide reviewers point out the Borrego Kia features "traditional truck-type construction," and while that may not bode well for the Kia Borrego's rollover characteristics, it does indicate that the frame should be sturdy enough to hold up well during a collision. In addition to its solid construction, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the 2009 Kia Borrego features "a full complement of safety equipment," according to Cars.com, including "electronic stability control, antilock brakes, side airbags and side-curtain air bags." ConsumerGuide also adds that "front-seat active head restraints" and a "tire-pressure monitor" come standard on the new Kia Borrego. For those who plan on driving the Borrego Kia off-road, Motor Trend offers some good news, reporting that all 2009 Kia Borregos come standard with "Downhill Brake Control (keeps the vehicle going straight and steady down steep grades) and Hill Start Assist Control (prevents the vehicle from rolling backward when pulling away from an uphill gradient)."
For a body-on-frame SUV, the 2009 Kia Borrego offers impressive visibility from the driver's seat. Visibility is aided by the high seating position, and for the often-tricky task of reversing in an SUV of the Kia Borrego's size, Road & Track reports "a back-up warning system" comes standard on all Borrego Kias.