Closest to the 2009 Kia Rondo in size—at least in the U.S.
market—is the Mazda5.
But unlike the Rondo, the Mazda5 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.
However, the Rondo is quieter and more refined, rides better, and has a space that’s more easily reconfigured than in the Rondo.
The Chevrolet HHR and Chrysler PT Cruiser are other alternatives; both offer retro styling and flexible cargo arrangements, but neither has a third-row seat.
The Scion xB is quite fuel-efficient compared to these other models, but its boxy interior somehow doesn’t translate to that much interior space.
Finally, the new Toyota Venza is another larger rival.
It’s a tall, carlike wagon offering a standard four-cylinder engine and roomy seating for five, but the Venza’s lower, sleeker profile doesn’t yield as much cargo space inside as some of the others.
|2009 Kia RondoBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet HHRBrowse Used Listings||2009 Toyota VenzaBrowse Used Listings||2009 Scion xBBrowse Used Listings||2008 Chrysler PT CruiserBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda MAZDA5Browse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas 4-cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||N/A|
|Mid-Size Station Wagon||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport utility||Small Station Wagon||Subcompact||N/A|
|4-Door Wagon I4 LX Base||FWD 4-Door LS||4-Door Wagon I4 FWD (Natl)||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||Front Wheel Drive||N/A|
|4 Door||Hatchback||4 Door Wagon||4 Door Wagon||Small Station Wagon||N/A|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual||Automatic||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||N/A|