2010 Kia Rondo vs. Its Competition

2010 Kia Rondo
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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 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 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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Quick Specs
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.
The 2010 Chevrolet HHR has love-it-or-hate-it styling, but it should appeal to those who want good cargo capability in an economical ride.
For families looking for fuel-efficient, maneuverable, and roomy transportation—with a fun-to-drive feel—the 2010 Mazda5 is your best and only choice.
Either as an alternative to a mid-size sedan or a taller crossover SUV, the 2010 Toyota Venza makes a lot of sense; it's just hard to muster much excitement.
The 2010 Scion xB has a lot of space, polarizing looks, and lots of safety features. It provides good value for those on a budget, trendy or not.
There's no more convertible, but if you want to be seen, the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser still lends some novelty to everyday driving.
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Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4N/AGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Midsize Station Wagons2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/ASport UtilitySmall Station WagonSubcompact
Style Name     
4-Door Wagon LXFWD 4-Door LS4-Door Wagon Manual Sport4-Door Wagon I4 FWD (GS)5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)4-Door Wagon
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4 DoorN/A4 Door Wagon4 Door WagonSmall Station Wagon
AutomaticManualN/AAutomaticManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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