Happy driverness and the big little crossoverby Brian Chee
Kia Rondo – 2007 Preview: It may seem like just another smallish crossover. Or maybe a wagon. Or maybe a really small SUV. We're not sure, frankly, so we'll just call it an Optimagon. Kia calls the Rondo different, better and hipper than the competition; we think the fact that it's on the Optima platform, sharing its four-cylinder and V6 powertrains, is an excellent idea. There are also a slew of safety features, and a stylishly youthful exterior. That bodes well for Kia, as the Rondo will surely be priced in the lower range of competing utilities.