There are few small people-movers in the U.S.
market, but nothing quite like the 2010 Kia Rondo.
The closest offering is the Mazda5, which has sliding doors and looks a little more like a compact minivan.
But you’re bound for surprise once you get behind the wheel of the "5"—it’s a lot peppier and fun to drive, especially with the manual transmission.
The Rondo leaves a more conservative impression, with a dowdy appearance matched with a more comfortable and quieter interior, plus a more easily reconfigurable space.
The boxy exterior of the latest generation of the Scion xB somehow doesn’t translate to much interior space, though it is attractive and fuel-efficient.
If you want to go larger, you might take a look at the base four-cylinder version of the Toyota Venza.
It’s not significantly larger for interior space but it feels like a more substantial vehicle, and it includes a more richly appointed interior.
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|20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas/Ethanol I4||N/A||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Midsize Station Wagons||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||Sport Utility||Small Station Wagon||Subcompact|
|4-Door Wagon LX||FWD 4-Door LS||4-Door Wagon Manual Sport||4-Door Wagon I4 FWD (Natl)||5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)||4-Door Wagon|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||N/A||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||N/A||4 Door Wagon||4 Door Wagon||Small Station Wagon|
|Automatic||Manual||N/A||Automatic||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2010 Kia Rondo vs. 2010 Chevrolet HHR||2010 Kia Rondo vs. 2010 Mazda MAZDA5||2010 Kia Rondo vs. 2010 Toyota Venza||2010 Kia Rondo vs. 2010 Scion xB||2010 Kia Rondo vs. 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser|