The Plain Truth - 2007 Kia Rondo Long-Term Road Test

2007 Kia Rondo Long-Term Road Test

2007 Kia Rondo: The Plain Truth

September 24, 2007

One of the newer cars in our long-term fleet is the 2007 Kia Rondo. It's perfectly efficient and respectable. Decent brakes, potent V6 power, fold-flat seats, good sight lines, handling's just fine, somewhat odd styling. But there's absolutely nothing that is exciting about it.

It's neither exceptional nor horrible in any respect.

But that's probably the point. It's a low-priced family wagon that does everything it should. Its target audience will doubtless be very pleased with it and it will probably run forever. And actually, it does have a very nice-sounding stereo. But it leaves me cold. I don't crave the keys. I don't watch the clock, ticking away the hours til the end of the day so I can rock the Rondo. But that's probably what Kia was going for. Efficient, does what it's supposed to. Bland.

Doug Lloyd, Senior Copy Editor, @ 1,525 miles

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