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2009 Kia BorregoKia's philosophy: get the stuff you like without the fancy price. But does it pay off?
>> It takes KIA places you don't expect a big on frame luxury SUV for not a lot of money. Let's see if they can fill that tall order and check the tech. ^M00:00:11 [ Music ] ^M00:00:17 >> Well Borrego EX's come in 2 main flavors, V6 and V8. Our car has the 3 point 8 liter 6 with 276 horsepower and 267 foot pounds of torque. It's coupled to a 5 speed auto and that whole combination gets around okay but never feels like it's really into the job. The V8 is a 4 point 6 liter unit that does 337 horsepower and 323 foot pounds and it has a 6 speed automatic, either way these are body on frame vehicles which is a big part of why they are kind of wandery and weird on the highway. Of course the payoff is real truck sturdiness when you're off road or towing something. KIA's not known as being a top-line car maker. The idea here is you get the stuff you like without the fancy badge and the fancy price, let's see how they pay off. We've got the upgraded head unit here Infinity branded 10 speakers all around the cabin and, of course, much better ability to shape the music. But notice there's no surround sound here, no Dolby Prologic, no synthetic stereo it's a relatively straight forward system just better speakers, higher quality amps. In this case we've got navigation on the screen that means our normal 6 slot in-dash CD deck is reduced to a single slot and there is no hard drive here to rip to so you do have a bit of a contraction of your available music with that single slot but it's not too bad and I'll show you why. Let's start thought with taking a look at the actual navigation system. The resolution's really good this is a nice fine dot pitch that you could compare favorably to the best from Lexus, Chrysler, some of the ones we like the most. And, of course, getting around it is very simple with touch-screen icons. And by the way when I enter a destination you can see it gives me 3 choices on how to get there different road types, if you will, different route recommendations to choose from. Our audio system is pretty good in terms of sources, AM/FM no HD radio on this guy, no iPod adapter in the truest sense we do have satellite radio it's Sirius as you notice from the logo on the bezel and the logo right there. And at this point notice this interesting sort of a display logic the iconized iPod wheel, it doesn't spin like an iPod does but you have this sort of 4 corners of the globe logic. Under CD aux we have the in-dash CD, USB I've got a thumb drive in there right now and you can see now I can go through very quickly and navigate that, no lag, I like this. And continuing on we have an aux jack right here a standard Analog aux jack for hooking up to what have you. Oh by the way notice the word iPod right there by the USB and aux jack, you can connect an iPod for true on-screen access to its interface or use USB or aux independently for other devices. Also available on this screen would be a backup camera but it's interestingly an ala carte option not just default part of the nav package. Oh by the way rear seat entertainment is available as an option would be a single drop-down screen directly in the way of the mirror, you know not my favorite but it also has auxiliary jacks and 115 volt AC outlets so no need to bring an inverter when you get that option. ^M00:03:18 [ Music ] ^M00:03:23 >> Okay let's price the Borrego EX; V6 about 28, V8 about 31 but add 2 grand to either one for all-wheel drive. Now the option packages; premium package gets you the better sound system, sun roof, rear HVAC and some other cabin niceties for 1,800, nav about 1,500, you'll go ala carte 350 bucks for Bluetooth hands free. A couple of options that are dealer based that would be the rear seat entertainment system and a backup camera that shows the display in your rearview mirror. ^M00:03:53 [ Music ] ^M00:03:57 >> Uh oh, there's a cop, let's get out of here real fast. Yup, here we go see you later, got to go. ^E00:04:04