|Pricing||$16,395 - $20,195|
|Engines||2.4l I4, 2.7l V6|
|Fuel Economy||20-21 (city), 27-29 (highway)|
The Rondo is a best described as a tall station wagon designed to haul up to 7 passengers in a smaller package than a minivan. Kia offers a choice of a 2.4L inline-4 or a 2.7L V-6, although the larger engine is only slightly more powerful. However, the 5-speed automatic available on the V-6 allows it to achieve the same highway mileage as the smaller 2.4L engine. The base Rondo undercuts its direct rival, the Mazda5 by several thousand dollars, but the V-6 EX model is priced comparably to the Mazda. The Rondo can be loaded up with options such as heated leather seats, 315-watt audio system, sunroof, body kit, and folding 3rd row seats. Kia has positioned the Rondo as an affordable and compact alternative to minivans. For under $20K, the Rondo is a fine value as a family hauler.
The new Kia Rondo (Carens in other markets) is a small crossover vehicle with three rows of seating and a tall profile. Both four-cylinder and V6 engines are offered.
|Rondo LX||2.4l I4 (162-bhp)||A4||FWD||21/29/25||$16,395|
|Rondo LX V6||2.7l V6 (182-bhp)||A5||FWD||20/27/23||$18,895|
|Rondo EX V6||2.7l V6 (182-bhp)||A5||FWD||20/27/23||$20,195|
|Rondo EX||2.4l I4 (162-bhp)||A4||FWD||21/29/25||$19,195|