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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Inside and out, this Borrego looks sharp
Mostly user-friendly controls and well marked, easy to operate switch gear
Upscale touches on the Borrego include body-colored side mirrors with integrated turn-signal lights
The 2009 model year brings quite a few redesigns and new vehicles in the automotive industry, and among them is the first V-8-powered SUV to sport the Kia badge—the 2009 Kia Borrego.
The 2009 Kia Borrego is, according to Cars.com, a "mid-size, body-on-frame, seven-passenger SUV" that comes in LX and upscale EX trim levels. Among the many redeeming qualities on the Kia Borrego (and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the redeeming qualities are quite numerous), the first one that consumers will notice is the exterior styling. The exterior is characterized by "twin hood bulges and a Nissanesque tail" that Motor Trend calls "handsome in an anonymous, safe way." Cars.com appreciates the "upscale touches" that abound on the exterior of the Borrego Kia, including "body-colored side mirrors with integrated turn-signal lights." Motor Trend reviewers also find many styling cues reminiscent of the Borrego Kia's inspiration, "the Mesa Concept that made its debut at the 2005 Detroit auto show," and they commend Kia for "keeping the production vehicle true to its inspiration." They describe the Kia Borrego's exterior as "bold and somewhat square, but not nearly as boxy as the shell on the new Honda Pilot."
Not to be outdone by the handsome sheetmetal that adorns the exterior of the 2009 Kia Borrego, the interior also boasts some very pleasing aesthetics. Road & Track loves the "well-styled" interior that greets passengers once they sit inside the Kia Borrego, and Motor Trend feels that "all the controls are easy to find and use." ConsumerGuide agrees, heaping praise on the "user-friendly controls and well marked, easy to operate switch gear," as well as "the optional navigation system [that] has touch screen controls with clear graphics." The only real complaint with the Kia Borrego's interior also comes from ConsumerGuide, where reviewers feel "the climate control system's readout occasionally becomes unreadable due to glare."
It may be a bit late to the party, but the 2009 Kia Borrego arrives in high style.