split screen image comparing the 2020 kia telluride and the 2009 kia borrego

How Does Kia’s Newest Big SUV Stack Up to the One It Replaced?

Kia Telluride Vs. Kia Borrego

Sometime last year (it’s hard to keep track of these things, okay?) a trend swept social media in which users would upload a side-by-side comparison photo of themselves taken recently and one that had been taken 10 years ago. Dubbed the #TenYearsChallenge, this event not only showed us how far many of us had come but it also gave us a look into the fashion tragedies of a decade past.

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Although you may not be a fan of the swooped, black hair or “the Rachel” haircut, those things were trendy at the time and you were doing your best. For Kia, the last ten years have seen a ton of progression in terms of what the brand could measure and say they’re “doing their best” with.

One of the more exciting models from this period, however, just so happened to drop at precisely the wrong time.

The Kia Borrego: A Tragedy

The Kia Borrego was a truck-based, rear-wheel-drive, body-on-frame SUV that was released at precisely the wrong time for such a vehicle. With automotive engineering and manufacturing taking years to nail down, the Kia Borrego likely started its journey back in 2004/2005 when North Americans couldn’t get enough of the gas-guzzling behemoths that dominated the automotive discussions of the day. This was the era of the Hummer, to add some context.

Sadly, the Borrego’s entry into the market came right at the same time the economy sunk and gas prices skyrocketed. Less money in the hands of the average American combined with gas prices that were over $5.00/gallon in some places doomed the Borrego before it had a chance to prove itself as a market leader.

Enter the Kia Telluride

Although it took Kia precisely ten years to return to the full-size crossover/SUV segment, the brand-new 2020 Kia Telluride has seen the brand do just that. With the Kia Telluride, Kia has created a strong and muscular vehicle that looks the part of a large, body-on-frame SUV with the fuel consumption figures and handling of a crossover like the Kia Sorento.

Today, we’re going to compare the 2020 Kia Telluride to its #TenYearChallenge predecessor, the 2009 Kia Borrego. Let’s see how far Kia has come and what’s new and improved:

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2009 kia borrego exterior

2009 Kia Borrego

2009 kia borrego profile

2009 Kia Borrego

2009 kia borrego interior

2009 Kia Borrego

2020 kia telluride exterior

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 kia telluride profile

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 kia telluride interior

2020 Kia Telluride

As you can see the Kia Borrego and Kia Telluride are very different models. Although enthusiasts may want to see Kia put a V8 in their vehicles again or a body-on-frame SUV, the fact is that the 2020 Kia Telluride is a better vehicle with a better value than the 2009 Kia Borrego was when it came out.

If you have any questions about the confident and robust Kia Telluride or would like to schedule a test drive, contact us today!

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