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2008 Kia Rondo vs. Its Competition

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2008 Kia Rondo 4-door Wagon V6 LX Angular Front Exterior View
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The Mazda5, which is the closest match to the Rondo in the U.S.

market, has sliding doors, which many may prefer; it's also peppier and more fun to drive--with a standard manual transmission--and looks the part, with sportier, more appealing styling.

But the Mazda5 is noisier, doesn't ride as smoothly as the Rondo, and lacks the surprisingly vast interior space.

The Chevrolet HHR and Chrysler PT Cruiser are other alternatives; both offer hip (or not-so-hip) retro styling and flexible cargo arrangements, but neither has a third-row seat.

Neither does the new Scion xB, which is also quite fuel-efficient, but beneath its boxy body, it doesn't feel exceptionally roomy.

2008 Kia Rondo 4-door Wagon V6 LX Angular Front Exterior View2008 Kia Rondo2009 Chevrolet HHR LT w/1LT2009 Chevrolet HHR2009 Scion xB 2009 Scion xB2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2-door Convertible Front Exterior View2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser2008 Mazda MAZDA5 Sport2008 Mazda MAZDA5
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Take a look at the family-friendly Rondo inside out. Though it's not that attractive from the outside, once you see how Kia uses the space inside, you'll see it in a different light.
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The 2009 Chevrolet HHR is a great urban runabout for small-business owners with frequent cargo hauls.
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The 2009 Scion xB has polarizing looks, a no-haggle dealer experience, and a long safety features list. It provides good value for those on a budget.
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The 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible gets the axe midway through 2008, so if you want one, act quickly, but the wagon is here if you need flexible utility with retro flair.
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Provided you don't expect too much of a zoom-zoom feel, the 2008 Mazda Mazda5 is one of the few good choices for buyers looking for minivan spaciousness in a vehicle that's especially fuel-efficient and maneuverable.
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$16,395Browse Used Listings$18,720Browse Used Listings$15,750Browse Used Listings$15,970Browse Used Listings$17,995Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4N/A
EPA Class    
Mid-Size Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station WagonSubcompactN/A
Style Name    
4-Door Wagon I4 LX BaseFWD 4-Door LS5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)4-Door Wagon4-Door Wagon Manual Sport
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/A
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 DoorHatchback4 Door WagonSmall Station WagonN/A
Automatic w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODN/A
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