2009 Kia Rondo vs. Its Competition

2009 Kia Rondo
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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.

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Quick Specs
When looking at the 2009 Kia Rondo, don’t judge a book by its cover. Though it doesn’t flaunt svelte good looks or flashy trim and wheels, you’ll see it in a different light once you discover how Kia uses the space inside.
The 2009 Chevrolet HHR is a great urban runabout for small-business owners with frequent cargo hauls.
The 2009 Toyota Venza adds another flavor to the crossover melting pot, but it's a mild one.
The 2009 Scion xB has polarizing looks, a no-haggle dealer experience, and a long safety features list. It provides good value for those on a budget.
The 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible gets the axe midway through 2008, so if you want one, act quickly, but the wagon is here if you need flexible utility with retro flair.
Provided you don't expect too much of a zoom-zoom feel, the 2008 Mazda Mazda5 is one of the few good choices for buyers looking for minivan spaciousness in a vehicle that's especially fuel-efficient and maneuverable.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas 4-cylGas I4Gas I4N/A
EPA Class     
Mid-Size Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport utilitySmall Station WagonSubcompactN/A
Style Name     
4-Door Wagon I4 LX BaseFWD 4-Door LS4-Door Wagon I4 FWD (GS)5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)4-Door Wagon4-Door Wagon Manual Sport
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/A
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 DoorHatchback4 Door Wagon4 Door WagonSmall Station WagonN/A
Automatic w/ODManualAutomaticManual w/ODManual w/ODN/A
Detailed Spec Comparison
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