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Just as General Motors and Ford were abandoning the minivan market, Hyundai introduced the Entourage as a 2007 model. The Entourage is essentially the twin of the Kia Sedona. Following the pattern of all new Hyundai models, the Entourage is a well-equipped vehicle loaded with safety equipment and priced toward the low end of its competitive set. Hyundai offers the Entourage in two trim levels: the GLS and the decked-out Limited.
The 2009 Hyundai Entourage looks a lot like other minivans; it's your basic one-box design, simply styled with little detailing. Inside, the story is the same. The quality of the materials is more than acceptable, but Hyundai is still outclassed by competitor Honda in this regard. The gauge and control layout is simple and straightforward. You won't find Chrysler-style Stow 'n Go seats or other whiz-bang features, but the standard seating for seven works just fine as is. If you need maximum cargo room, the second row of seats is removable, but they're heavy.
The 3.8-liter V-6 that powers the 2009 Hyundai Entourage also sees duty in the Azera, Hyundai's luxury sedan, and it delivers brisk acceleration in the Entourage. It produces 250 horsepower, which makes it competitive with every major minivan on the market. The transmission is a five-speed automatic. Economy ratings are similar to those of other minivans at 16 mpg city, 23 highway. Handling is what you would expect from a box on wheels, but the standard electronic stability controls work well in emergency handling situations.Next: Interior / Exterior »