2010 Kia Rondo Performance
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Reviewers say the 2010 Rondo is a competent but unexciting performer, which is pretty typical for this class. If you often drive in winter weather, bear in mind that the Rondo isn't available with all-wheel drive, though many of its competitors are.
Acceleration and Power
Under the hood, the 2010 Kia Rondo features two engines. A 2.4 liter four cylinder engine making 145 horsepower is standard on base models. Buyers opting for LX and EX trims can choose between that engine or a 192 horsepower 2.7 liter V6. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates fuel economy for the Rondo at 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 on the highway with the base engine, and 18/26 mpg city/highway with the V6.
The base engine is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission, while the V6 upgrades to a five-speed automatic. No manual transmission is available, though both automatics feature Sportmatic clutchless manual shifting.
- "While the available V6 offers more power and torque plus an extra gear in the automatic transmission with which it's paired, the four-cylinder engine has sufficient muscle to cope with lighter-duty chores and offers even better fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The V6's responsive throttle and absence of harshness make it feel stronger than the numbers suggest." -- Edmunds
- "With the 4-cylinder engine, Rondo has adequate power from a stop, but it struggles to gather speed for highway passing and merging. The V6 is modestly more potent around town and at highway speeds, but it could use more mid-range power." -- Consumer Guide
- "If I carried adult passengers often, or quite a bit of cargo, I probably would want the V6's extra 20 horses." -- The Orlando Sentinel
Handling and Braking
Reviewers generally feel the Rondo handles well -- though it isn't outstanding. The Rondo rides on the same platform as the Kia Optima sedan, contributing to a car-like ride. Reviewers are also generally pleased with the Rondo's steering and especially its tight turning radius. Altogether, reviewers say that the Rondo makes a good around-town runner, though no one will mistake it for a sports car.
- "[The Rondo] handles like the midsize front-drive wagon it is" -- Consumer Guide
- "[The handling dynamics are] extravagant adequacy. It seems fairly settled and composed while cornering and the steering is direct. The ride quality is fair to good." -- The Los Angeles Times
- "You could run errands in the Rondo all day with no backache." -- Cars.com
- "Those interested in steering precision should start and stop their shopping at the Mazda store. Those interested in a smooth ride and an eerie absence of tire noise, even at highway speeds, should stick with Kia." -- Car and Driver
- "Braking distances are average, but the pedal action is nicely linear and gives the driver confidence that the Rondo will stop when required." -- Edmunds