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#1 of 219 Kia Rondo, Real World MPG
Feb 11, 2007 (11:29 am)
Have an Optima, not a Rondo-- but would look at one if my Malibu Maxx bit the big one. What kind of mileage are you all getting?
#2 of 219 Re: Kia Rondo, Real World MPG [csandste]
Feb 13, 2007 (10:46 am)
My wife and I have had our's for a couple of week's.It has the 4-cyl. EX.loaded.we got 20.6 mpg on first tank mostly in town. Haven't checked highway mileage yet.We love the car.As a bonus, just found out our ins. pem.will run about 200.00 dollars a year less than our 3-year old Focus wagon was costing us!
#3 of 219 Re: Kia Rondo, Real World MPG [mrj4]
Feb 14, 2007 (4:40 pm)
i can get better than that in my Freestyle
#4 of 219 Re: Kia Rondo, Real World MPG [bobw3]
Feb 15, 2007 (4:40 am)
Not in town I bet.
Not on your first tank of gas I bet.
I hope you like your Freetyle um er Tarurus X (will they give you new badges at the dealer so your's doesn't look too dated???). This discussion is about the Rondo...if you want to compare start another thread.
#5 of 219 Re: Kia Rondo, Real World MPG [viamede]
Feb 15, 2007 (7:04 am)
I'll admit I also had a defensive reaction at first to bobw3's post, but I think it's helpful for folks who are cross-shopping with the Freestyle/TaurusX as I was. The Rondo and Freebie have same EPA ratings on V6 versions.
I went with the Rondo because I just found it more likeable, not because I had great expectations of fuel efficiency.
That said, I'll report with some suprise that my first tank of 89 octane yielded 30mpg on the highway w/ EX V6.
#6 of 219 Re: Kia Rondo, Real World MPG [rondonium]
Feb 15, 2007 (12:21 pm)
Yes I was a bit snarky. I have looked at the Freestyle as well. I don't mind comparisons but I would like some detail. I will be very surprised if the Freestyle V6 gets equal mileage to a V6 Rondo (similarly broken in and similar conditions of course).
The Freestyle is bigger vehicle. It is rated 20-27 for a two wheel drive. I see the average user (9 reports)gets 22.3 MPG. Rondo is 21-29. Not a huge difference. Curb weight is 4112 for Freestyle and 3443 for Rondo. If they match their EPA you would have to say that the Freestyle gets the nod for what it does for its size. Then you can look at looks, practicality, reliability and cost. The last is significant as in Canada your Limited Freestyle 2wd starts at $38,899.00. Your top of the line Rondo (closest comparisons in my view) is $25,995.00. You are never going make up that difference on any gas savings, reliability is questionable on either at this point (though Kia has a better warranty) so comparing these two vehicles is pointless just on cost alone. They will probably both depreciate at a similar rate (muis rapido) but you will be depreciating much more off the top in dollar for dollar terms on the Freestyle. Frankly neither vehicle is that good a choice new unless you are going to keep it a long time.
I don't think it will be as comparable to the 4 cyl Rondo for EPA all said and done.
#7 of 219 Re: Kia Rondo, Real World MPG [viamede]
Feb 18, 2007 (7:26 pm)
I guess my comment was because I paid $24K for my Freestyle, so I couldn't see paying in the low $20sK for the Rondo that's so much smaller inside.
Feb 19, 2007 (8:04 am)
After 3 fillups, I am averaging 26mpg. This is the 4cyl EX.
#9 of 219 Re: Kia Rondo, Real World MPG [bobw3]
Feb 20, 2007 (11:30 am)
That's because nobody is buying Freestyles Bob. If no one liked the Rondo, I'm sure you could get one cheaper. You can get a fully loaded '07 Rondo V6 for $22k invoice. Invoice on a '07 Freestyle with the same options is $28k.
#10 of 219 16 MPG - 2007 Rondo
Mar 03, 2007 (11:00 am)
I get 16 mpg. Dealer and KIA both say it is my fault.
I drive mostly highway. V6 is rated 20/27.
Service at dealership says nothing is wrong.
I say 16 mpg is "something wrong".
Kia Consumer affairs says "dealer says you drive in city"
I say I drive mostly highway.
I show service manager all my gas receipts (Most from highways around city) since I bought car. [The math works out: all-miles/all-gallons=mpg.]
After that, Service manager tells Kia Consumer Affairs that I need to document my milage.
I tell Kia that Service Manager lied to them about documentation, since I showed rects to svc mgr.
Kia won't return my calls (11 days so far).