Three Kia vehicles were commended by MSN Autos for quality, space and comfort. Spectra and Rio5 named to Top 10 Cars for Less Than $15,000 List. Rondo a top pick for Best Family Cars for Downsizing

2009 Kia Rondo

2009 Kia Rondo

(SEOUL) March, 2009 -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced the 2009 Kia Spectra, Rio5 and Rondo have been included in two MSN Autos Editors’ Top Pick lists in the USA.  Kia Spectra (LX) and Rio5 are named to the “Top 10 Cars for Less Than $15,000” list and Rondo is a top pick for “Best Family Cars for Downsizing.”  The three vehicles are lauded for offering attractive pricing on top of an impressive combination of quality, space, comfort, value and warranty.

“These days, consumers are looking for ways to make their money go further and the Kia Spectra, Rio5 and Rondo models are just a snapshot into Kia’s full line of vehicles that make economical sense,” said Michael Sprague, vice president of marketing, KMA.  “By offering high-quality vehicles with wide-ranging amenities and comprehensive safety features, Kia vehicles are continuing to be recognized by top industry automotive review sites like MSN Autos.”

Spectra, noted for its front and back passenger space, audio system and comprehensive warranty, meets the needs of consumers looking for the total package at a significant value.  While Rio5 is the “hip younger sibling” to the Kia Spectra, according to MSN Autos, it is recognized for SIRIUS Satellite Radio, standard CD/MP3 capabilities, air conditioning and 60/40 split-folding rear seats that give way to its large hatch area.

Both vehicles also achieve impressive gas mileage, Spectra with a mpg of 23/30 (when equipped with the manual transmission) and 24/32 (when equipped with the automatic transmission) (city/highway), while Rio5 offers a frugal fuel economy of 27/32 (manual transmission) and 25/35 (automatic transmission).

Recognized in the “Best Family Cars for Downsizing” category that identifies those vehicles with a starting price lower than $25,000 and offers the best mix of cargo capacity, safety, reliability, features and value, Rondo is noted for its seven-passenger seating capacity along with top safety features, solid reliability, interior space and “impressive fit and finish.”  Fuel economy for the 2.4-liter engine is 20/27 (automatic transmission) (city/highway), while the 2.7-liter V6 is 18/26 (automatic transmission).

MSN Autos developed the Editors’ Pick lists by collecting feedback from industry analysts and conducting test drives.  It is the largest global network of online automotive sites, providing consumers with comprehensive research, buying and ownership services.

Editor’s notes: Standard equipment and specifications based on U.S. model and may vary depending on country.