2009 Kia Rondo

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19 CITY / 26 HWY
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What Changed for 2009:
  • Optional 175-hp engine added to EX models
  • Updated audio package across the lineup
  • Navigation is available on select models
  • New wood accents and leather-wrapped steering wheel in all models
  • Updated 16-inch wheels on LX models
New for 2007, the Kia Rondo is a crossover vehicle that looks more like a car than an SUV. After minor changes in 2008, Kia has made several changes to the Rondo lineup for 2009. These include a new optional engine and navigation package for EX models, and new 16-inch wheels on the LX model. All 2009 Kia Rondos are equipped with a revised audio system with AUX and USB inputs, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and wood trim. Based on the Optima midsize sedan, the Rondo is available with 5 or 7 seats and 4- or 6-cylinder power.

From the beltline up, the Rondo looks like an SUV, featuring a long hood and high roof. Below the beltline, however, features of a car are evident: wheel-hugging fenders, low-profile tires, and short ground clearance. The tall windows and available roof rails even provide a bit of a minivan-like appearance, but the doors are forward-hinged rather than the sliding type.

The 2009 Kia Rondo is covered by a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Kia Rondo is sold in LX and EX versions. The LX includes body-colored door handles, grille with black crossbars, and redesigned 16-inch tires and wheels. On the inside, all LX buyers get air conditioning and a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo. The Rondo EX comes with fog lights; 17-inch, 5-spoke alloys; and chrome trim, including door handles and grille crossbars. The EX model also adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, front tweeters, illuminated vanity mirrors, and an optional navigation system. The optional leather package adds leather upholstery and heated seats.

Underneath its skin, the 2009 Kia Rondo is based on the Optima sedan. That includes sharing its engine choices (a new 175-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or 192-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 engine); automatic transmissions (a 4-speed automatic for the 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed automatic for the V-6 engine, each with Sportmatic that allows for clutchless shifting); front-wheel-drive layout; and 4-wheel independent suspension. For 2009, estimated fuel economy is 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway for 4-cylinder engine models and 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway for Rondos with the V-6 engine.

Standard safety equipment on the 2009 Kia Rondo includes front air bags; front-seat side air bags; full-length side curtain air bags; anti-lock brakes; electronic stability control; traction control; and a tire-pressure-monitoring system.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Kia Rondo gets a 5-star safety rating for driver and passenger in front crashes, and a 5-star rating for the front seat and a 4-star rating for the rear seat in side-impact crashes. The Rondo has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Updating the audio package for 2009, Kia outfits all Rondo models with an upgraded stereo with AUX and USB ports. In addition, an optional cable allows the use of an iPod as an additional audio source. Also, in the 5-seat Rondo, the second-row seats are fixed and provide 38.2 inches of leg room. On models with the optional third-row seats, the second-row seats slide forward or backward nearly a foot. Third-row leg room is 31.3 inches, more than enough for a full-size adult, Kia says. Second-row seats come with a 60/40 split; the third row has a 50/50 split. Both rows fold flat to offer flexibility for either passenger carrying or cargo carrying.


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