I want to thank the economy and the media for killing the body on frame (truck based) SUV. The price of fuel has increased along with everything else. In Ontario we pay 13% HST tax on every sale and service. Jobs are hard to come by and, for some of us, the ones we have don't have the same pay increase as inflation.
I can understand that it is rediculous to drive an H2 Hummer around, but a good mid sized SUV is not the problem.
I like my KIA. I find that my Borrego has a bumpy ride on bumps. I could only imagine what it feels like to drive on the same bumps at the same speed with a compact car. I can drive off road, pull my camping trailer, and go hunting with my Borrego. I'm not so sure that these car based CUV's could do the same. Does a pickup truck get better gas mileage? No. How about minivans? Not really much better. What about super cars, luxury cars, etc? No.
So why did they stop making the Borrego or why didn't they sell enough? Bad timing? High price? (mind you it's a bargain compared to other SUV's with same options.) Marketing? (The new Sorrento was launched out of Geogia in 2011 - better to sell more of those.) No diesel offered in North America? (what else is new here.) Missing other options that the Mohave has, like power lift gate, height adjustable air suspension, moving foot pedals, more AC vents and controls in the back seats, and whatever else? Answer: All of the above.
If I could trade my EX V8 Borrego for a Diesel Mohave, I would. But for any other SUV, never!