2009 Kia Rondo

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Kia Rondo. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Manageable dimensions
  • Seating and cargo capacity
  • Tons of safety features
  • 10-year powertrain warranty

The Bad

  • Uninspired styling
  • Dowdy interior
  • Base model not as well-equipped as Mazda5

Notable Features of the 2009 Kia Rondo

  • Compact minivan
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Optional third-row seat

2009 Kia Rondo Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 the optional third-row bench, the Rondo can seat seven. The Rondo is available in base, LX or top-of-the-line EX trim levels. The LX and EX trims come with a choice of a four-cylinder engine or a small V-6.


New for 2009
The 2009 Kia Rondo gets a standard Sirius Satellite Radio with three months of free service and an available GPS navigation system.

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.

At 179 inches long and 71.7 inches wide, the Rondo is slightly shorter and wider than the Mazda5.
  • Available 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Standard power mirrors
  • Standard automatic headlamps
  • Standard roof rails (LX and EX)
  • Optional sports body kit
  • Chrome door handles and side moldings (EX)
  • Power sunroof (optional on EX)
  • Fog lamps (EX)


Interior
The Rondo has two standard rows of seats that can accommodate five people. A third row can fit two more, though larger passengers won't want to climb back there.

The Rondo's interior features rounded dashboard panels and air vents. The gauges and center controls have an orange illumination. The Rondo has some innovative storage solutions, including a ...
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 the optional third-row bench, the Rondo can seat seven. The Rondo is available in base, LX or top-of-the-line EX trim levels. The LX and EX trims come with a choice of a four-cylinder engine or a small V-6.


New for 2009
The 2009 Kia Rondo gets a standard Sirius Satellite Radio with three months of free service and an available GPS navigation system.

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.

At 179 inches long and 71.7 inches wide, the Rondo is slightly shorter and wider than the Mazda5.
  • Available 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Standard power mirrors
  • Standard automatic headlamps
  • Standard roof rails (LX and EX)
  • Optional sports body kit
  • Chrome door handles and side moldings (EX)
  • Power sunroof (optional on EX)
  • Fog lamps (EX)


Interior
The Rondo has two standard rows of seats that can accommodate five people. A third row can fit two more, though larger passengers won't want to climb back there.

The Rondo's interior features rounded dashboard panels and air vents. The gauges and center controls have an orange illumination. The Rondo has some innovative storage solutions, including a dashboard shelf atop the glove compartment.

The second- and third-row seats fold nearly flat; a Rondo without the third row offers several partitioned compartments under the load floor. There's a maximum 155.9 cubic feet of passenger space with the optional third row. With all three rows up, the Rondo's cargo space is a cramped 6.5 cubic feet. Still, the Rondo beats out the Mazda5 for both passenger and cargo space.
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard power windows, locks and keyless entry
  • Standard cruise control (LX and EX)
  • Optional iPod cable
  • Available heated front seats (optional on LX, standard on EX)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter (standard on EX)
  • Navigation system (optional on EX)
  • Infinity six-disc CD changer with eight-speaker audio system (optional on EX)
  • 50/50-split third-row bench (optional on LX, standard on EX)


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
  • Five-speed automatic transmission with V-6


Safety
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard active head restraints in front
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system



Latest 2009 Rondo Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(3.4)
Performance
(3.4)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(3.8)
Value For The Money
(3.8)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Practical, economical, reliable

by JAJenks from Columbus, Ohio on February 16, 2018

My family currently owns two 2009 Kia Rondos. I liked the first one so much that when it was time to get another car, I opted for more of the same. The safety features, Consumer Reports review and low ... Read full review

(1.0)

Okay car

by Chandra on December 5, 2017

Car is okay but it has several performance issues. Pros: - Okay car - decent room - 7 seat but if you use all of them there is no room for luggage. Cons: - One of them is acceleration. - Too sensitive ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Kia Rondo currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Kia Rondo has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Kia

Program Benefits

164-point inspection, Carfax vehicle history report, 10-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance including trip-interruption services and lockout assistance

  • Limited Warranty

    10 years / 100,000 miles

    10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; towing/rental/travel breakdown benefits; eligible for additional comprehensive mechanical failure. Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 164 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Rondo received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker