With its rugged body-on-frame architecture, a set of powerful engines and impressive 114-inch wheelbase, 192.1 inches of overall length and 75.4 inches of overall width, the 2009 Kia Borrego is clearly aiming to take the place of the old 2005 Toyota Land Cruiser 100 SUV.
As the Korean company partly shifts 2008 Kia Sportage‘s production to Slovakia, the compact SUV receives a minor face-lifting. With its last year’s Hyundai Santa Fe, the Korean carmaking conglomerate clearly indicated its intention to make their SUVs less off-road capable trading articulation for better handling on a highway. The next generation of Sportage is still on its way, but, as you can see on the picture above and after the jump, it gets more and more expensive to maintain if you plan to use it on a trail.
While the 2007 Kia Carens (also known as Rondo on certain markets) will not stun you with refined styling or expensive materials decorating its interior, the new people carrier seems to offer a nice combination of a comfortable interior with all the necessary amenities, and an easily recognizable exterior that, after you look at it for a minute, doesn’t look that ugly after all.
The 2006 Kia Sedona people carrier has successfully passed a series of frontal and side impact crash tests commissioned by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).