Whether you call it a four-door wagon, a crossover utility vehicle or a compact minivan, the 2009 Kia Rondo comes to you with good fuel economy and semi-luxury features. The base Rondo is powered by a 2.4L four-cylinder engine producing 146 hp and 164 lb-ft of torque coupled to a standard four-speed automatic transmission, while the 2.7L V6 engine that grinds out 182 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque comes with a five-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Rondo is 19 mpg city/26 hwy for the I4 engine, and 18 mpg city/26 mpg hwy for the V6 engine. With the optional third-row seating, the Rondo can seat up to seven passengers. The second-row seats can slide forward and backward, and fold flat in a 60/40 split, while the optional third-row seats can also fold flat in a 50/50 split. Among the long list of Kia Rondo safety features are stability control, antilock brakes, dual-front advanced airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.Read more Read less
New for 2009 is a Plus Package, which upgrades the LX model with alloy wheels and heated seats.
Very roomy, versatile interior; smooth ride; safety features; affordable price; long warranty
The Rondo is shorter than most mid-size sedans yet has an incredible amount of interior space; it's an ideal alternative to those who want something a little smaller than a minivan. Rondo also offers more standard safety features--including electronic stability controls--than some vehicles in its class. And Kia's warranty adds a lot of value; it covers powertrain components for up to ten years or 100,000 miles.