At the track, it reached 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, not too shabby for a 4876-pound 4WD sport/utility. Passing power also impressed; acceleration from 45 to 65 took only 3.4 seconds. It got through the quarter mile in 15.5 seconds at 91.0 mph and stopped from 60 mph in 125 feet.
The Kia went to the dealership four times for regular service. At 9169 miles, it got its belated 7500-mile service: an oil change, inspection, and tire rotation ($168.22). Running slightly less late for its 15,000-mile check, at $451.61, it got the same service as before, plus the rear differential fluid was replaced. The 22,500-mile service repeated the 7500-mile service ($56.94) as did its 30,000-mile service, but that last trip also included differential and transmission fluids, in addition to replacing the cabin and engine air filters ($664.21).
The Borrego served as transport for a backpacking trip and a weekend of rock-climbing. It was favored by staff photographers for shoots, especially those that involved off-roading. It was an excellent vehicle for prerunning trails, manuevering easily in dirt and over rocks while carrying a cargo area full of gear.
During our year-plus with the Borrego, we watched as crossovers began their domination of the SUV market, and what started as a hiatus for the Kia truck became permanent. It's probable that sales would have been better for this SUV had it come to market sooner, but the Borrego will be a great used-car value for people who want this level of capability.
Associate Web editor Kirill Ougarov summed up: "I'm impressed with how well the Borrego has held up. It has led a fairly hard life in the past year, and despite the high mileage on the clock, everything still works as intended. The design of the interior, however, has not aged well at all. The Borrego's behind-the-times design has really begun to stand out. It deserves an update."
We know how much Kia improves its vehicles over generations. It's sad to think that the Borrego will never benefit from changes that could have made all the difference.