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2010 Toyota RAV4

2010 Toyota RAV4

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Toyota RAV4
TCC's Overall Rating:
7.4
TCC's Bottom Line: Though it might wear a spare tire on its tail like the hard-core SUVs of yore, don't let that throw you off. The 2010 Toyota RAV4 is actually a practical, fuel-efficient choice for frugal families on the go.
Price: $23,535 (4-cyl. base with option)

Even in base four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive form the 2010 RAV4 is available with a third-row seat option for just $940 extra. You probably wouldn't expect it to be very roomy, but it's actually not so bad for occasional use. The four-cylinder RAV4 is also great on gas and is remarkably refined and comfortable, while being manageably sized for city-dwellers.

2009 Kia Rondo

2009 Kia Rondo

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Kia Rondo
TCC's Overall Rating:
7.4
TCC's Bottom Line: You likely won’t be drawn to the 2010 Kia Rondo because of its looks, but you’re likely to see it in a different light if you do your research first.
Price: $19,795 (2009)

The Rondo probably isn't a vehicle you're going to fall in love with at first sight. It doesn't look like a minivan, which a lot of moms and pops are going to love, though from the outside it's either an especially homely-looking crossover, or an oddly tall wagon. But it's a vehicle that makes sense from the inside out: Take a look inside, especially when you're craving practicality, and you'll be hooked. The Kia Rondo has hinged rear doors, which make it easier to get into in a driveway but more difficult than a minivan—or the Mazda5—in a tight parking space.


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Comments (5)
  1. Dodge Caravan's 175HP "matched by its competition"? Is it the 90s or something? Aside from terribly outdated technology in base models, its reliability hasn't improved and is practicaly non-existent, so it doesn't matter how much lipstick Chrysler can put on this pig. I'm surprised you'd recommend it...
     
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  2. The 2010 Rondo is no longer in the US market, how could still make it?
     
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  3. Useless, these are all minivans, everyone knows van have a third row!
     
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  4. You're an idiot because Kias suck. Gah, it stands for keep it affordable. Worset advice ever!
     
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  5. I was always dedicated to GM, then Honda/Acura. Now that I owned a Sorento and loved it, now have a Rondo V6 luxury that is the perfect car and a Borrego V8 Luxury that is the perfect truck. I need 7 seats, I like a little oomph when I hit the gas. Around town, the Rondo feels like a small civic. I get what I want for a lower purchase price than the competition. And to date, have been just as, if not more reliable than the japanese counterparts.
    Plus, my insurance is less than before because safety ratings are better than other manufacturers.
     
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