2010 Lemon Aid People Carriers

 

PEOPLE CARRIERS

 


Dodge Journey Kia Rondo  
Ford Flex Mazda 5  

The People Carrier category is one that encompasses vehicles that are essentially passenger cars that can seat more than five people. While new to our buyers on other continents frequently pick people carriers when seeking a large family car. most makers offer in but only the ford dodge kia rondo and mazda are available canada. if trends elsewhere find root canadian sales of could grow strongly over next few years.

 

 


 

Dodge Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CHRYSLER
DODGE Journey (FWD*, AWD)

Body Style: 4PC

Engines: 2.4L-4 173 HP, 3.5L-V6* 235 HP

Transmissions: 4A/6A*

City fuel economy: 13.3L/100 km

ESC: Standard

Emissions rating: n/a

 

What’s new

Active head restraints are now standard. Revised option packages. The SXT trim level is now exclusively V6 powered. The screen for the optional DVD screen is now larger. All-wheel drive is standard on the R/T model.

 

Performance

Smooth and responsive V6/six-speed automatic transmission combination delivers effortless, flexible power. The 2.4L four has enough strength to move the Journey at a reasonable clip, but except when cruising, the engine sounds harsh and wheezy. Good ride. Handling is predictable but the underdamped front suspension floats over larger bumps. The cabin, despite a centre-stack suffering from button-glut and some cheesy materials, is also quite chic. Cabin space is ample in the first two rows, but the third row is meant for the small and agile. The second and third row seats fold to reveal a long, regularly-shaped cargo bed that is deep below the window line. Cargo space is tight when the third seat is up. In an APA road test with the Dodge Journey, Kia Rondo and the Mazda 5, the four-cylinder Journey was rated last of the three cars. Though smaller outside, the Kia Rondo had no less usable space inside, and its eager, refined four-cylinder powertrain is infinitely nicer than the Journey’s shrill four.

 

Reliability

Predicted average reliability. The Journey’s mechanical units have exhibited average reliability in other Chrysler products they are used in. Premature front brake wear expected. Three year/60,000 km bumper to bumper warranty, 5 years/100,000 km on the powertrain.

 

Comments

Built on a 125 mm (4.92 inch) longer wheelbase, and 40 mm (1.57 inches) longer, marginally wider and 205 mm (8.07 inches) taller than the Avenger on which it is based, the Journey shows just how far the Chrysler/Mitsubishi flexible platform can be stretched. With clean lines and good proportions, the Dodge Journey is one of Chrysler’s better looking cars. Powertrain choices are a 2.4L four, and a 3.5L V6. A four-speed automatic transmission is fitted to four-cylinder Journeys, but a six-speed automatic transmits the power to the wheels on V6 cars. An “on-demand” all-wheel drive system is optional with the 3.5L V6. Built in Mexico

 

Pricing

Great value SE Plus and R/T upgrades. The SXT option is priced to the value of its contents. Rapid depreciation is predicted. The Journey is a hit for Chrysler, with sales increasing 30 percent last year despite a down market and Chrysler’s bankruptcy.  

 

Safety

Standard seat-mounted side airbags and side-curtain airbags. The Journey was an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and was rated Good in the IIHS frontal, side and rear impact tests. Rated Good for Rollover. Ranked first of the 24 vehicles in its class. Standard ABS and ESC.


  Ford Flex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FORD Flex (FWD*, AWD)

LINCOLN MKT (AWD)

Body Style: 4PC

Engine: 3.5L-V6* 262 HP, 3.5L-V6T 355 HP, 3.7L-V6 268 HP (MKT only)

Transmission: 6A

City fuel Economy: 11.8L/100 km

ESC: Standard

Emissions rating: Tier 2 Bin 5

 

What’s new

Flex: New SE base trim level. New turbocharged (EcoBoost in Ford speak) engine is optional. Sway control has been added to the trailer package. The steering wheel now includes a telescoping features as well as tilt. MKT: Lincoln’s spin on the Flex has a totally bespoke cabin and unique exterior styling. 3.7L-V6 and all-wheel drive are standard. The EcoBoost engine is optional on the Lincoln.

 

Performance

The strong base V6 in the Flex is twinned with a smooth and responsive six-speed automatic transmission. Compliant suspension, stable handling and nicely weighted steering make the Flex a pretty agile bus that excels on long highway runs. The dashboard has clear gauges and is, except for a button-festooned dash centre stack, visually restrained. The rest of the cabin is very chic and nicely finished. The Flex features comfortable seats, and the legroom varies between reasonable for the third row to spectacular for the second. All who travelled in the Flex were charmed by it, with middle row passengers feeling especially pampered. Unlike many three row people carriers, cargo space is quite good with the third-row seat up, and expansive when the second and third-row seats are folded.

 

Reliability

Not rated, insufficient data. Three year/60,000 km bumper to bumper warranty, 5 years/100,000 km on the powertrain.

 

Comments

With straight sides and a so-called “floating roof” created by blacked out roof pillars, the Flex looks like a low-slung Range Rover or a MINI Maxi. The Flex is powered by either a 262 horsepower 3.5L V6 or a turbocharged 3.5L-V6 that cranks out 355 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional with the base engine and standard with the turbo. The base engine in the MKT is a 3.7L version of the Flex’s V6, with the turbo engine optional. All-wheel drive is standard on the Lincoln. The sole transmission is a six-speed automatic. Built in Canada.

 

Pricing

Flex: the AWD system is a $2000 option on the on the SEL and Limited trim levels. Upgrading from the SE to the SEL balances price and content, but the Limited package lacks value. The Limited package is priced $1000 beyond its contents. MKT: standard all-wheel drive. A base MKT is priced roughly $5000 higher than a Flex all-wheel drive Limited with similar equipment. Flex sales increased to about 6000 in its first full year on sale.  

 

Safety

Standard seat-mounted side and side-curtain airbags on both vehicles. The Flex was a rated Good in the IIHS frontal, side and rear impact tests. Not rated for Rollover. Ranked 5th of the 24 vehicles in its class. 


Kia Rondo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KIA Rondo (FWD)

Body Style: 4PC

Engines: 2.4L-4* 175 HP, 2.7L-V6 192 HP

Transmission: 4A, 5A

City Fuel Economy: 10.6L/100 km

ESC: Standard

Emissions rating: n/a

 

What’s new

Navigation is a new option for the Rondo. The EX Premium trim level is new for 2010. Bluetooth is standard on all Rondo variants this year.

 

Performance

The Kia Rondo’s 2.4L engine and four-speed automatic transmission combine to provide smooth and flexible power. Performance is little better with the 2.7L V6 than it is with the four, but refinement is even better. V6 fuel consumption is not much higher than it is with the four, especially on the highway. The Rondo is graced by an absorbent ride, confident non-sporting handling, abundant space (even the third row is habitable by small adults) in a cabin with supportive seats, clear gauges, simple, logical controls and excellent fit and finish. The Rondo’s smooth fuss-free performance impressed APA test drivers, and it handily won an APA three car test between it, the Dodge Journey and the Mazda 5. The Rondo is just as roomy as the much larger Journey. Five passengers and a mountain of luggage can be carried in the Rondo at the same time, unlike the Mazda 5, which lacks a third seating position in the second row of seats. In addition, the Rondo’s ride-handling balance and general refinement are superior to either of the other two cars.  

 

Reliability

Predicted average to above reliability, like newer Hyundai group vehicles. Five year/100,000 km bumper to bumper warranty.

 

Comments

The Rondo is built on the same platform, and uses the same power units as the Kia Magentis. Built in South Korea.

 

Pricing

The new air conditioning option for the LX makes the base model a viable proposition this year. The V6 engine is priced only $1000 higher the base 2.4L four. Boosting the seat count from five to seven costs about $950. Upgrading to the next trim level represents good value. The seven-passenger Rondo EX 2.4L is priced about $600 less than a Mazda 5 GS with the Comfort package. Monthly payments for the Kia are roughly $60 less for a lease (48 months, $0. down) and $20 less if you finance (60 months, $0. down). Rondo sales held steady last year in a down market.

 

Safety

Standard seat-mounted side airbags and side-curtain airbags. The Rondo was rated very good for the driver and front passenger in the NHTSA’s front crash test, very good for the driver in the NHTSA’s side impact test and good for an outboard rear passenger in a side impact. Not crash tested by the IIHS. Standard ABS and ESC.


 Mazda 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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MAZDA 5 (FWD)

Body Styles: 4PC

Engine: 2.3L DOHC 153 HP

Transmissions: 5M, 5A*                     

City Fuel Economy: 9.9L/100 km

ESC available: No

Emission rating: n/a

 

What’s new

Stability control in now standard on the GT and optional on the GS. New GS comfort package. 2010 is the last year for the 5 in this form.

 

Performance

The 5’s sporty handling and good body control come at the expense of ride, which verges on being too firm for some buyers. Quick, precise steering and strong brakes. The 2.3L four is smooth, quiet, pulls strongly through the gears, and is a relaxed cruiser when hooked to the optional five-speed automatic transmission. Some wheelspin on slick surfaces. Comfortable seats in all three rows, but legroom is tight for adults in the third row. The driver’s seat doesn’t slide back far enough for really tall drivers. In most markets, the 5 is offered with a retractable third seating position in the second row, but not in Canada. This hurts utility as you can’t carry five people and a lot of luggage at the same time. Cargo capacity is virtually nil with the third seat up, but ample with it folded down. The 5 was ranked second in an APA multi-car test that also included the Dodge Journey and the Kia Rondo While the 5 is sportier to drive than the Kia, the smoother and more refined Rondo, which can seat five people and carry a lot of luggage at the same time, is a better all-rounder than the 5.

 

Reliability

Predicted reliability is average, like the previous-generation Mazda 3 it is based on. Some premature rust complaints. The application of an oil or grease-based anti-rust compound is recommended. Three year/80,000 km bumper to bumper warranty, five years/100,000 km on the powertrain.

 

Comments

The 5 enters its fourth year on the market with no changes of note. One engine, a 2.3L four, can be hooked to either a five-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. Sales of the 5 increased about two percent in 2008, to about 12,000 units. Made in Japan.

 

Pricing

The GS lacks cruise control, even as an option, which may force buyers into a GT or another car altogether. The GT upgrade is overpriced, but the Luxury package available on the GT is excellent value. The Mazda 5 GS with the Comfort package is priced about $600 more than a seven-passenger Kia Rondo EX 2.4L. Monthly payments for the Mazda are roughly $60 more for a lease (48 months, $0. down) and $20 more if you finance (60 months, $0. down).

 

Safety

Seat-mounted side airbags and side-curtain airbags are standard on all models. Not tested by the IIHS. The 5 was rated very good for the driver and front passenger in the NHTSA’s frontal crash test, very good for the driver in the side impact test and good for an outboard rear passenger in the side impact test. Standard ABS. ESC is standard on the GT and optional on the GS.