The Entourage is Hyundai's first minivan. The all-new Entourage is aimed squarely at the big players in the minivan market, including the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, and Dodge Caravan. Its armaments include lots of interior space, lots of power, and lots of high-tech safety gear at a price lower than its Japanese and American competitors.
Though the minivan is a new addition to the Hyundai showroom, it isn't entirely new to parent Hyundai Motor Company. Fellow Korean automaker Kia is now a division of Hyundai Motor Company, and the new Entourage is essentially a twin to the new-for-2007 Kia Sedona. The Sedona has been on the North American minivan scene for several years, though it has not been among the segment leaders in sales. Hyundai, however, has big plans for the Entourage. It competes directly with the top sellers in this class on space, power, and safety equipment. It has seating for seven, two power sliding doors, a big V-6 engine, and a 5-speed automatic transmission, just like its competition. It even features a third-row seat that splits 60/40 and folds down to disappear into the floor.
Safety is a major concern for minivan owners; Entourage addresses it with seat-mounted side air bags for front passengers and side curtain air bags for all three rows, electronic stability control, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control, active front-seat head restraints, and a tire pressure-monitoring system, standard on all three Entourage trim levels (GLS, SE, and Limited). A 3.8L engine producing 242 hp and 251 lb.-ft. of torque is also standard across the board. The Entourage offers many minivan must-haves, such as power sliding doors and separate front and rear air conditioning systems as standard; options include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, leather seats, power-adjustable pedals, and a back-up warning sensor.
The Hyundai Entourage competes in the Midsize Van segment, which consists of 13 models. Buyers in this segment look for reliability, safety, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Dodge Caravan (211,140 units sold), Honda Odyssey (177,919), and Toyota Sienna (163,269). The Hyundai Entourage sold 12,206 units in 2006 in its first year on the market. Other models offered in the Midsize Van segment include the Chrysler Town & Country, Chevrolet Uplander, Kia Sedona, Ford Freestar, and Nissan Quest.
|GLS (A5)||5 speed automatic||$23,895||250-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl||18/25|
|SE (A5)||5 speed automatic||$26,395||250-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl||18/25|
|Limited (A5)||5 speed automatic||$28,895||250-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl||18/25|