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Oct 23, 2009 (7:39 pm)
I guess is perception, check this review from Canada, but if it sells more because of that, good stuff:
Our tester is the top of the line EX Luxury model, which comes standard with a V6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. Though it may seem that Rondo has the advantage here with a six-cylinder engine option (only a 2.3-litre inline-4 is available in the Mazda5), Kia’s V6 is underwhelming. It has more muscle than the Mazda5, but the car doesn’t feel particularly faster. The V6 engine is also quite loud under hard acceleration and it drinks gas more readily.
#769 of 859 Re: The [gened1]
Oct 28, 2009 (1:27 pm)
if i wanted a fast car, i wouldn't be buying a 7 seater mini-mini van,
with 175hp from a 2.4 I-4, i didn't even go for the optional V6 engine.
#770 of 859 Re: US sales for September '09 [conwelpic]
Oct 28, 2009 (1:31 pm)
US has 10 times more population than Canada, i'm surprised to see that the Canadian Rondo number is so high. incredible. although i'm 1 of those who bought a Rondo in Aug.
#771 of 859 Re: US sales for September '09 [conwelpic]
Oct 28, 2009 (3:24 pm)
Conwelpic, they sure aren't selling those Rondos around me! I look everywhere to see them on the road and no dice. Only a few Mazdas 5s, too. Saw a red one at the grocery the other day. NJ, north of Trenton.
Loads of Hondas, Toys, etc.
#772 of 859 Re: US sales for September '09 [ofionnachta]
Oct 29, 2009 (7:10 am)
Lots of Rondos in Newfoundland, and a few M5s too. We certainly appreciate practicality in a sensible-sized wrapper!
#773 of 859 Re: US sales for September '09 [bgw]
Oct 29, 2009 (9:12 am)
bgw, what is your experience with them? Are they reliable regarding few (pref no) recalls or lemonish repairs?
#774 of 859 Re: US sales for September '09 
Oct 29, 2009 (12:33 pm)
I think because Canadians tend to gravitate towards smaller sensible vehicles, perhaps by necessity... gas has always been on average 25% more expensive north of the border. We're paying $3.60 a gallon equivalent right now in Vancouver.
#775 of 859 Re: gas price [dona83]
Oct 29, 2009 (1:00 pm)
it went up to 1.09 per litre this morning, or US$3.9/gallon.
even though crude drop more than 2 dollars yesterday.
#776 of 859 Rondo reliability
Oct 29, 2009 (3:18 pm)
ofionnachta I will also answer your question too. I'm just coming up to 48,000 km (29,827 miles) and 2 years of ownership and so far extremely reliable. No mechanical problems at all, body as tight as the day I bought it with no squeaks or ratttles. Very good mileage, comfortable, versatile, plenty of power with my 2.4L, great sounding standard stereo. No hesitation in recommending it. I have only two warranty claims - one was one of the strands on the heated rear window was not working and the other was replacement of the windshield due to a pressure crack on the inside at the dash level - both repairs done to my full satisfaction.
Mine is the Canadian 2008 EX model 5-seater model.
#777 of 859 Difference between US and Canada
Oct 30, 2009 (12:32 pm)
Don't forget that Rondo has more options and bundled features in Canada than in US. That may make it more competitive and broaden its market there.