2007 Kia Rondo: Tiny Tank, Low MPG
October 15, 2007
Okay, at 15.8 gallons the 2007 Kia Rondo tank isn't exactly tiny, but I had to go for the alliteration. When I filled up this morning I noticed that no one had driven the Rondo farther than about 240 miles on a tank of gas. This must be because, at our real world city mileage of about 18 mpg, that's about as far as you get before the needle is on the big E. The 2.7 liter V6 gives a nice boost and 182 hp but if you tap into the power too much you'll make a lot of trips to the pump.
Over the weekend we went out to dinner in the Rondo and I found myself thinking that Kia hit the size of this vehicle just right. For four adults it's very roomy and still has a huge cargo space. If, like some people commenting on previous blogs, the Rondo is too boring, there's plenty out there to choose from. Depending on your needs, and your ideas about form versus function, I do think this likeable oddball is worth a look.
Philip Reed, Edmunds Senior Consumer Advice Editor, @ 2228 miles