2007 Kia Rondo EX V6: Fuel Mileage
October 01, 2007
After spending some quality time in the Kia Rondo this weekend, I was left with two strong impressions:
1) Kia is at the top of its game. This is one nicely turned out little wagon / crossover / mini-minivan. Whatever you want to call it, the Rondo is a reasonable size yet spacious enough to seat seven in a pinch. It's also a smooth and willing performer, the cabin is comfortable and there is an air of quality all around, from the way the doors close to the damped movement of the parking brake release.
2) Gas mileage is a disappointment. Over about 200 miles of mixed driving, I averaged just 16.8 mpg. And that was with just 150-pound me and my 125-pound girlfriend in it. The EPA estimates (the new, more realistic ones) are 18 city and 25 highway. Thus far, with nearly 2,000 miles on the clock, we're averaging only 18.3. My brother has a 2001 Toyota Sequoia (4.7-liter V8 and 4WD) with over 200,000 on it and its lifetime average is 17.5. And he sometimes pulls a horse trailer with it!
I'm hoping the fuel "economy" improves, as I like the Rondo so far. One long road trip by Mr. Reed yielded nearly 27 mpg, so there's hope.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 1,882 miles.