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Lots of features for a low price
better equipped to carry toys than have too many built-in
offering a lot for the money
New York Newsday
The 2010 Rondo, like most vehicles from Kia, comes with a generous list of standard features at a low price, but it doesn't have a lot of available options.
The base model starts at around $17,000, but even for a fully loaded Kia Rondo, New York Newsday says that one would be "hard pressed to spend more than $25,000."
Even at the base level, the Rondo comes with power windows, locks, and mirrors, and the LX adds air conditioning and a roof rack, among other features. Third-row seating is included with the top-of-the-line EX, which also gets 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, upgraded upholstery, keyless entry, and an upgraded sound system.
An input jack for an MP3 player or other audio devices comes standard on the Rondo, and an upgraded system with Sirius Satellite Radio is optional, along with an iPod connector.
Standard on all EX models are steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather trim, illuminated vanity mirrors, heated seats, and metal-finish interior door handles. And available only on EX models is an eight-speaker Infinity sound and navigation system.
There's one feature sorely missing—depending on your physique and driving position. Canadian Driver notes the lack of a telescoping steering wheel in the Rondo.
Value for the money is a strong reason to consider the 2010 Rondo, which has one of the better new-car warranties and a strong list of standard features. Kia's coverage ranges up to 10 years or 100,000 miles on the powertrain and 5 years/50,000 miles on almost everything else.
The 2010 Kia Rondo is a hit for those who want a well-equipped family vehicle at a low price, but it misses the mark on a few counts, including the lack of a telescopic steering wheel.