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2007 Kia Rondo EXAs an inexpensive people mover, the 2007 Kia Rondo EX wagon is pretty capable, although passengers will have to content themselves with a good audio experience for entertainment and drivers will have to rely on maps for directions.
>> Hyundai is getting an awful lot of the headlines these days. This isn't one. This is the little brother. A Kia. Let's check out the tech in this Rondo EX. ^M00:00:09 [ music ] ^M00:00:17 >> Now the Rondo's a little truckette type thing as I'm sure you could tell from the outside. So it's got a nice vertical space in here. Hope you enjoy the head room because there's not a whole lot else to play with. Now this is an inexpensive car so we're not gonna lean on it too hard, but even optionally, you can't get much on this in terms of tech goodies. We do have the best audio system. That's what the Infinity logo up here tells us. The Infinity branded system is a 6 disk changer, MP3 compatible, standard CD's of course, AM/FM, no satellite radio available, no iPod jack in the truest sense, no aux jack for that matter, even for the basic MP3 player. This is really a very simple audio system. It does have 10 speakers plus a sub, 315 watts of power. So it's pretty good as audio goes, but there's not a lot of good input ability here. MP3 home brewed disks are kinda where you gotta get your jollies. Similarly say goodbye to things like navigation, not available optionally and Blue Tooth hands free, also not available. And even though this thing is kind of SUV truckish, there's no rear view back up camera available. Obviously, where would you sew it? There's no LCD because there's no nav. Now even though this is a relatively limited high end audio system, be thankful it isn't the base unit. Look at this. In the manual you can see it here. It's an AM/FM single CD cassette, cassette. Rule of thumb for auto makers. Never build in an audio system in the year 2007 that uses a medium for which you can't buy media. You've probably noticed our gear shift here which goes to our 5 speed automatic with a shiftable gate down here so you can influence the gears, vaguely sporting. The engine it gets power from is a 2.7 liter, dual overhead cam V-6. Does about 182 horsepower. That is an upgraded engine. The base engine on Rondo's, depending on the trim level, is an inline 4. One thing I did notice in this car that is quazai [assumed spelling] tech is I think it may have the most best places to put a cell phone I've ever seen. Check it out. Over here for the passenger you've got this great shelf. Just about the right size and shape for cells and pda's, that's great. Down here, look at that. That's a trio holder. Down here there's another nice one. Up here you've got a flat section inside of the arm rest which is great for another phone or an iPod or two. Would have been a nice place for an aux jack but they didn't do that and over here by the driver, another great little shelf right there by the switch gear. So if you've got a bunch of portables, this is kinda your car. Pricing our Rondo is pretty simple. This EX, V-6, top of the line, is 20,795. On top of that we added the premium package, that got us the sunroof and that upgraded Infinity, 6 disk audio system. By the way, if you want the fold flat seats in the rear, that's 500 more. ^M00:03:00 [ music ]