Jalopnik Reviews: Rondo Korean BBQ Tour, Part 3S

Why you should buy this car:

Because you're not quite ready for a minivan, but need room for five to seven people and associated stuff in an economical and more wagon like than crossover package. Because you like the name, or have a Rondo thirst.

Why you should not buy this car:

Because you're looking to run track days in a small space wagon. Because you cannot live without blinding acceleration and off the scale handling. Because you believe you need a land yacht of some kind to move more than one person about.

Suitability Parameters:
· Speed Merchants: No
· Fashion Victims: No
· Treehuggers: Yes
· Mack Daddies: No
· Tuner Crowd: No
· Hairdressers: Yes
· Penny Pinchers: Yes
· Euro Snobs: No
· Working Stiffs: Yes
· Technogeeks: Yes
· Poseurs: No
· Soccer Moms: Yes
· Nascar Dads: No
· Golfing Grandparents: Yes

Also Consider:

· Mazda 5

Vitals:
· Manufacturer: Kia
· Model tested: EX
· Model year: 2007
· Base Price: 16,395
· Price as Tested: 22,495 MSRP
· Engine type: 2.7L 24 Valve DOHC V6
· Horsepower: 182@6000 RPM
· Torque: 182@4000 RPM
· Redline: 7000
· Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
· Curb Weight: 3511 Pounds (Seven Seat)
· LxWxH: 179 X 71.7 X 67.7 inches
· Wheelbase: 106.3
· Tires: P225/50R17 Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus
· Drive type: Front Wheel Drive
· 0 - 60 mph: 8.5 seconds
· 1/4-mile: 16.910
· Fuel economy city/highway: 20/27
· NHTSA crash test rating: 5/5/5/4/4

Related:
Kia Rondo Korean BBQ Tour, Part 1; Part 2 [Internal]