Kia Rondo

BASE PRICE RANGE: $18,300-$23,200*

WHAT'S NEW: Falling somewhere in function between a minivan and a small SUV, the Rondo is still offered with I-4 and V-6 engines, and LX and EX trim levels. The side mirrors now have integrated turn-signal indicators, and there are new wheel designs for 2010. An EcoMinder indicator is standard and a rear backup camera and trip computer are new options.

BEST BUY: Opting for the third row and the V-6 will provide efficient power and the ability to carry seven people at a bargain price.

SUM UP: bargain people-mover.

RATING: ***1/2

2010 Kia Rondo
Base engine 2.4L/167-175-hp DOHC I-4
Optional engine 2.7L/192-hp DOHC V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 4A/5A
0-60 mph 8.7-9.7 sec*
Seats/foldaway 5-7/3rd row
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 18-20/26-27 mpg
Basic warranty 5 yrs/60,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 6
Estimated *