My wife and I purchased a 2007 Rondo EX V6 Luxury in August. To say we are pleased is an understatement. We traded our beloved 1998 Legacy wagon on it, and though it lacks AWD, the Rondo is quite adep...
My wife and I purchased a 2007 Rondo EX V6 Luxury in August. To say we are pleased is an understatement. We traded our beloved 1998 Legacy wagon on it, and though it lacks AWD, the Rondo is quite adept at handling our snowy December. We like the handling, the acceleration, the looks, the comfort, the practicality, the quality - we like everything! The 3rd row seats are great at accommodating the occasional 5th or 6th passenger, and provide lots of space when folded. Everything works so smoothly and efficiently - the seats tumble or fold so well, the controls are smooth and effortless, the stereo rocks, and so on. The overall impression is of solidity and quality.
Despite what some auto reviewers have said, we find the Rondo to be very, very quiet at highway speeds. It also handles remarkably well for a family-hauler, plus the V6 is very responsive and the 5 sp auto kicks down without hesitation. When equipped with studded winter tires, as it is now, the Rondo is actually quite loud, but we realize that is a function of the tires and studs, not the Rondo. It’s just such a contrast to the quietness of the all-season tire’d Rondo.
The around-town fuel economy is not what Transport Canada stated, but it is about par for what we expected; however the highway fuel economy exactly matches that of our 4 cyl manual Legacy, which amazes us! That’s 32 mpg by my calculations, with 4 people, a load of luggage, and cruise set at 115 km/h. Wow! And the Rondo cruises ever so serenely.
The features are all nice, but the ones that we most appreciate are the windshield wiper de-icers (these should mandated as safety equipment on every vehicle), the outside mirror de-icers (ditto), the 6 airbags, and the neat every-automaker-should-have-it purse hook on the right of the centre console. It is great for holding a snack bag or garbage bag for trips.
We looked at several vehicles before deciding on the Rondo, including a Caravan SXT and Mazda5. We are pleased we took a chance on the Rondo - our first impression was of a solid, well-built car that met all of our needs yet was not too much vehicle for us, and this impression has been borne out over the last several months.
How about a Rondo with a manual transmission, especially with the V6 - now THAT would be a combo we would buy next time around! Regardless, one of the best values in autodom today.