2009 Kia Borrego vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Kia likes to present the Borrego as a luxury SUV "contender." Experts at TheCarConnection.com think Kia has not so much created an alternative to Lexus, Infiniti, or Cadillac, but delivered an excellent alternative to the fleet of well-known body-on-frame SUVs.

The 2009 Kia Borrego provides slightly more interior room than these competitors and, with the V-8, more power than any of them.

The standard seating for seven is an advantage over several of these SUVs, but the Honda Pilot can carry one more.

The Borrego doesn't present itself as a serious off-roader, as it lacks locking differentials and other off-road goodies to compete against the trail-rated Jeeps.

Kia's price advantage is more toward the base vehicles where the Borrego's level of standard equipment exceeds the others.

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The 2009 Kia Borrego isn’t the type of vehicle that’s especially popular or fashionable at this time, but it’s a home run against the competition.
Families can do much better with any of the more modern crossover SUV designs—including Chevy’s own Traverse—but the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is still a good vehicle for towing purposes.
The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a genuine dual-purpose SUV that can handle daily commutes almost as easily as sandstone trails.
The 2008 Toyota 4Runner isn’t as roomy or as efficient as newer crossover designs, but if you need towing or off-road capabilities, it’s a good, safe choice.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
2WD 4-Door V6 LX2WD 4-Door LT w/1LTRWD 4-Door LaredoRWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (GS)
2 Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door SR5
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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