Small families and soccer moms alike would surely love the Kia Rondo. This compact multi-purpose vehicle is perfect for any family. Whether it's for your daily commute to work and school or a weekend vacation with the kids, the Rondo has you covered. This small van is manufactured by Kia, which is currently South Korea's second-largest automobile manufacturer behind Hyundai Motors. The Rondo has also gone by different names like the Kia Carens and Rondo7 as it is marketed worldwide. It's also one of Kia's longest running nameplates since it began production back in 1999.
The Kia Rondo made its debut back in the 2007 Los Angeles International Auto Show where it garnered great reviews. Production for their commercial model began soon after and it was available in the United States and Canada early on. It was a huge success as Kia sold more than 20,000 units in each of the first two model years. As they've exceeded internal sales goals, Kia continued to produce the Rondo for a second and third generation model.
The Kia Rondo was available as either a 5-passenger or 7-passenger vehicle, so families can get the seating capacity that they'll need. Powered by either a standard 175 hp 2.4l 4-cylinder engine or an optional 192 hp 2.7l V6 engine, the Rondo had plenty of power to carry a lot of passengers and heavy luggage. Standard Kia Rondo parts included 16-inch alloy wheels, 4-wheel disc brakes, ABS, Electronic Stability Control, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and more. For those who wanted a little more luxury in their minivan, you could get optional add-ons including a moon roof, leather trims, cruise control, and other accessories. Despite its popularity, Kia decided to discontinue the Rondo in the United States in favor of promoting the Kia Sportage. But because of strong sales, the Rondo continues to be sold in Canada instead.