2007 Kia Rondo: The Obedient Child
February 25, 2008
That old, vaguely creepy adage states that children should be seen but not heard. Of course, this isn't meant to imply that kids should be struck mute. Instead, it makes reference to the fact that some folks think that obedient children should exist with invisible efficiency, getting the job done (whatever that may be) without ever furrowing the brows of us busy grown-ups with behavior that's in any way challenging or wayward.
The Kia Rondo is a model of this kind of obedience.
This weekend, as I scooted around town from Whole Foods to the CD store, it did its job quietly and without fuss. When I decided to make an impromptu trip to a restaurant some 50 miles outside Los Angeles, it didn't ask any questions. As I mashed the throttle to enjoy the unusually clear 405, the Rondo dove in with a cheerful smile. It's not sexy or exciting or hot. But it is pleasant and accommodating, and sometimes that's good enough.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 6,504 miles