Senior editor Ron Kiino spent a long weekend in the Borrego and found its size, versatility, and power especially commendable. "I took my wife and son up to Solvang in the long-term Kia and was quickly reminded how much I like the Borrego's size. Smaller than a Chevy Tahoe but bigger than a Toyota 4Runner, the Borrego is relatively easy to maneuver through parking lots and tight streets, especially with its impressive 36.5-foot turning circle (the Tahoe's is 39.0, the 4Runner's 37.4). Inside, it offers great room in the first two rows, decent space in the third, and a ton of cargo volume with the third row folded flat. I managed to fit three duffel bags, a stroller, a Pack 'n Play portable crib, an ice chest, and still had plenty of room to spare.

"During my three-day stint with the Kia, in which I amassed about 300 miles, I didn't find a whole lot to criticize. Besides a busy, trucklike ride that generally absorbs bumps with an unwelcome harshness, the Borrego offers ample power from the 337-horse Tau V-8, seamless shifts from the ZF six-speed automatic, excellent ergonomics (the audio and HVAC controls are very easy to use), communicative steering, and a robust A/C system that quickly cooled the cabin in 90-degree heat. If I were looking for a smoking-hot deal on a three-row sport/ute with V-8 power and solid reliability (zero problems thus far with this long-termer), I would happily consider the Borrego. Plus, given its slumping sales (just 2886 through May compared to 29,881 for Tahoe and 18,527 for 4Runner), the Borrego is quite the exclusive rig."


2009 Kia Borrego
Months/miles in service 13/28,622 miles
Avg econ/CO2 16.8 mpg/1.15 lb/mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $676.77 (3 - oil change/inspection/rotate tires, replace differential fluid)
Normal-wear cost $0