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By Cars.com Staff
September 23, 2009
Vehicle Overview Breaking with segment trends, the Rondo is much smaller than most other vehicles with three rows of seats. It slots below Kia's larger Sedona and competes with the other mini-minivan on the market, the Mazda5.
With its third-row bench, the Rondo can seat seven. There is a choice of a four-cylinder engine or a small V-6.
New for 2010 A two-person third-row seat is now standard on all trim levels, which also get turn-signal indicators in the side mirrors and an EcoMinder indicator that rewards efficient driving by turning green.
Exterior The Rondo has a two-tier grille, large headlights and openings on each side of the bumper that can house optional fog lights. An accessory body kit includes fender flares and ground effects for visual flare.
New designs for 16- and 17-inch wheels
Standard power mirrors
Standard automatic headlamps
Optional roof rails
Optional chrome door handles and side moldings
Optional power sunroof
Optional fog lamps
Interior The Rondo now has three standard rows of seats that can accommodate seven people, though larger passengers won't want to climb into the third row.
The Rondo's interior features rounded dashboard panels and air vents. The gauges and center controls have orange illumination. The Rondo has some innovative storage solutions, including a dashboard shelf atop the glove compartment.
Standard air conditioning
Standard power windows and locks
Standard keyless entry
Standard 50/50-split third-row bench
Standard USB and auxiliary inputs
Optional heated front seats
Optional leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift
Optional navigation system
Optional Infinity six-disc CD changer with eight-speaker audio system
Under the Hood The Rondo comes with either a four- or five-speed automatic transmission, depending on the powertrain. Both transmissions have a gated shifter with a manual-shift mode.
175-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 169 pounds-feet of torque
192-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 with 184 pounds-feet of torque
Four-speed automatic transmission with four-cylinder