Kia Rondo - perfect for most situations

The 2010 Kia Rondo is a unique little car. It is a small SUV crossover that was introduced back in 2007. This will be the fourth year for the model, but it is still considered a hidden gem by a lot of folks and has yet to be really discovered. The 2010 model is generally much the same as the 2009 model with very little changes.

The Kia Rondo is not designed to do-all and be-all for everyone. It is the type vehicle that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, yet it is fun to drive. It is a very functional means of transportation for families and it is priced really low for all that you get. It is more like a small station wagon for those who remember the functionality of station wagons. It comes with either a four-cylinder engine or a V-6 engine. Mostly, owners have said to get the V-6 because it provides a lot more power for the money. The four cylinder has been improved and provides about 175 horsepower, while the V-6 produces 192 horsepower. Fuel economy is good, but not spectacular. It ranges from 21 to 24, depending upon the driver and road conditions.

The Rondo has received numerous awards and accolades. One of these called the Rondo the “Best Family Car for Downsizing.” It is referred to as a crossover that is perfect fror a budget-minded family wanting to get rid of a big gas-guzzling SUV. The NADA guide book calls the Rondo a “Best Car Buy” with high marks in each of their top five categories.
The Rondo offers third row seating, which is adequate for short trips, but takes away all the cargo room. The third row seat will accommodate six foot tall adults, but the leg room is cramped. It is a nice-to-have feature when it is needed, especially for hauling around young children in an emeregency. The stereo system is nice and has iPod connections. It has a lot of interior space and feels very open. It provides a lot of visability. This is an inexpensive vehicle, so much of the interior is plastic and cloth.

The upgraded EX package provides a lot more and for very little cost extra. Beginning prices are in the $18,000 range. The EX model can go upwards to $22,000 or $23,000 or so, but for all the extras, it probably is worth the cost, especially the leather heated seats.

Most of the complaints are fairly minor and not unexpected for a low-cost vehicle. The interior light does not activate when the rear cargo door is open. There is not outside temperature gauge or compass, and there is not beep or other sound when the emergency brake is left on.

Bottom line – this little vehicle is perfect for most situations. The Kia Rondo offers lots of passenger and cargo room, good fuel economy, good ride comfort, a terrific warranty, a lot of features, and most of all, a great low price. Check it out and see if this is the hidden gem you have overlooked in your search.

By Alan Gell - MyCarData