May 01, 2009
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $39,395
Likes

Crisp exterior styling, excellent finish and panel fit, interior is superior quality, controls are obvious. Kia’s first V8 yields 337 hp, which is plenty, 6-speed auto very smooth. Nav system, satellite radio, power everything, multiple safety features. Legitimate contender for Acura MDX, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander.

Dislikes

10 mpg real-world gas mileage is the worst we’ve tested for a long time and a consistent weak point among Korean cars with larger engines. When gas goes back over $3, you’ll NEED to give this back.

Verdict

Is it 2003 again? Either this took far too long to get to market (5 years?) or somebody in the Kia bunker doesn’t get out much. “Borrego” is Spanish for “sheep”… is that them or us? On the other hand it’s apparently Cuban slang for “hoax.” Now I get it.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
2.0 rating
Stats
Horsepower 337hp
EPA Mileage 10mpg