Long Term Update 6: 2007 Kia Rondo
Managing editor Rusty Kurtz, who commutes 170 miles per day, knows a thing or two about a driver's seat, and his gluteus maximus doesn't love the Rondo's.
"What is it about this driver's seat? It doesn't go back far enough for my legs, which aren't especially long, and I feel like I'm sitting on it instead of in it." Kurtz also found the Kia's stability in strong winds a bit disconcerting. "The Rondo seems to get blown around by crosswinds, and that's made even worse by the overly sensitive power steering."
Far from being a malcontent, Kurtz does appreciate several of the Rondo's attributes. "The dash is easy to look at with lots of places to store your cell-phone, drink, sunglasses, etc., and there's plenty of room for everybody you bring along. Lots of cargo room, too."
|2007 Kia Rondo|
|Months/miles in service||13/20,435|
|Avg econ/CO2||19.7 mpg/0.98 lb/mi|
|Maintenance cost||$323.25 (2 oil change/inspection/rotate tires, adjust rear brakes)|
|Normal-wear cost||$29.98 (replace wiper blades)|