2007 Kia Rondo: Fuel Economy Update
February 15, 2008
Time to check in with our long-term Kia Rondo's fuel log. If you've been following the adventures of our mostly city-driven Rondo-mobile, you'll already know that our real-world numbers have been falling short of the official EPA estimates for the 2007 6-cylinder Rondo of 20 city/27 highway. You may also know that the EPA changed the way it tests vehicles for the 2008 model year to reflect modern driving conditions better. What you might not know is that the EPA has published adjusted fuel economy estimates for vehicles made from 1985-2007, too. So I decided to see how our numbers stacked up to these newly adjusted numbers. And it turns out that we're actually doing better than the EPA's estimate for city driving.
Check it out: The EPA's adjusted estimates for the 2007 Kia Rondo with the V6 are 18 city/25 highway. Our Rondo's lifetime average is now at 18.84 mpg.
Not staggeringly better, but at least we're not doing worse anymore (for the moment).
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 6,135 miles