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.
Neither does the new Scion xB, which is also quite fuel-efficient, but beneath its boxy body, it doesn't feel exceptionally roomy.
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|2008 Kia RondoBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet HHRBrowse Used Listings||2009 Scion xBBrowse Used Listings||2008 Chrysler PT CruiserBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda MAZDA5Browse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||N/A|
|Mid-Size Station Wagon||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small Station Wagon||Subcompact||N/A|
|4-Door Wagon I4 LX Base||FWD 4-Door LS||5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)||4-Door Wagon||4-Door Wagon Manual Sport|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||N/A|
|4 Door||Hatchback||4 Door Wagon||Small Station Wagon||N/A|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||N/A|
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|2008 Kia Rondo vs. 2009 Chevrolet HHR||2008 Kia Rondo vs. 2009 Scion xB||2008 Kia Rondo vs. 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser||2008 Kia Rondo vs. 2008 Mazda MAZDA5|