Don't Laugh - 2007 Kia Rondo Long-Term Road Test

2007 Kia Rondo Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Kia Rondo: Don't Laugh

December 20, 2007

2007 Kia Rondo! -- Scott Jacobs

A few nights ago I stayed in a hotel. When checking in, the guy at the desk asked what I was driving so that he could give me a parking lot pass. "A Kia Rondo," I said with a bit of unintended Rondo soda enthusiasm.

Reaction? He laughed at me. Then he said, "A Rondo? I don't even know what that is."

I really do like our Rondo. It's versatile, roomy, of high quality and pleasingly affordable. But I think Kia faces an uphill battle. Nobody knows what it is. Plus, a female associate of mine had this reaction upon seeing it: "I would never drive it. It looks like a minivan." I suspect there are plenty of other young drivers out there with a similar opinion.

Then again, Kia and Mazda have the "mini minivan" market to themselves right now. So maybe they don't need a homerun since a double will do. If you're curious, here are the November 2007 YTD sales figures as reported by Automotive News.

Kia Rondo: 24,128
Mazda 5: 12,089

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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