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$16,395
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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. Read more »
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The Kia Rondo made its North American debut at the 2006 Los Angeles auto show. In April, the crossover made its European debut in Madrid, and it has been received very well in European markets.
 
The Rondo may be new for the U.S., but in Europe it's on its second generation.
Kia has already started selling the Rondo in the States, but the official market introduction will be in January, accompanied by an extended marketing campaign.
 
The Rondo comes in either five- or seven-passenger versions. It will be available in LX and in the more luxurious EX trim. The LX has plenty of standard equipment, including AM/FM/CD audio, power windows with one-touch auto down, central door locking, and a tilt steering wheel. The EX has fog lamps, chrome grille crossbars, door handles and side molding. The LX stands on 16-inch wheels, while the EX has 17-inchers with beefier Michelin rubber.

Both versions have side curtain airbags, stability control and a tire pressure monitoring system.
 
Both LX and EX are available with the 162-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder or with the 182-hp 2.7-liter V-6. The four-cylinder engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, while the V-6 works together with a five-speed automatic.
 
Prices start at $16,385 for the 2.4-liter LX and $18,895 for the 2.7-liter V-6. The EX 2.4 sells for $19,195, while the 2.7-liter V-6 has a base price of $20,195. All models have a destination charge of $600.
 
The five-passenger Rondo became available in late 2006; the seven-passenger version arrives in early 2007.
 
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