By KBB.com Editors
Hyundai is a late arrival to the minivan market, but its brand-new offeringwhile breaking little fresh groundbuilds upon the reputation of a well-regarded current offering. The Entourage is related to the latest Kia Sedona, which went on sale as a mid-2006 model. Hyundai is Kia's parent company; both automakers promote the high-value attributes of their vehicles, compared to the league-leading Honda Odyssey and other familiar nameplates. But Hyundai model line manager Michael Deitz considers the Entourage a "more refined" model than Sedona, thus warranting moderately higher prices. "People lean toward minivans with all the extras," Dietz said.
If you like to keep expenses down but don't want to sacrifice any helpful necessities, the Entourage may be a good common-sense choice. Shoppers who demand abundant safety features should note that the Entourage contains six airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), a tire-pressure monitor and Electronic Stability Control, and is expected to get the same five-star crash-test rating earned by Kia's Sedona.
Naturally, if you're not a fan of minivans in general, the Entourage isn't likely to appeal to you, sinceunlike a few current competitorsit doesn't try to be anything else. South Korean models also tend to trail their Japanese-brand rivals in resale value, which can be a drawback if you don't expect to keep the minivan for more than a couple of years.
Hyundai's first minivan and its Kia cousin might not quite stand above the pack, but they deliver just about everything needed by families, including a "hideaway" third-row seat that folds into the rear cargo well. Like Kia's Sedona, the Entourage comes with a long warranty: specifically, 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.
Driving Impressions Similarities to the Kia Sedona aren't limited to appearance or amenities, but also include road behavior. Considering the improved merits of the latest Sedona, that's a bonus, as it's on...par with most minivans and better than some. Solidly built and capable all around, the Entourage uses the same proficient powertrain, which delivers prompt, non-intrusive gear changes and ample power. Steering is confident and positive, with satisfying feel and feedback to maneuver neatly around town. Although the ride is generally comfortable, this minivan doesn't glide across bumps and holes quite as smoothly as some. Urban pavement yields a fair amount of motion.
"Hyundai Hideaway" Third-Row Seat
No, Hyundai isn't alone in providing a 60/40-split third-row seat that folds into the floorspecifically, into the cargo well at the rear. Even so, it's a feature that adds storage utility. Each side of the seat easily folds down into the cargo well, taking up that space as it creates an almost-flat load floor.
Somewhat fuzzy suede-like fabric in the handsome two-tone interior gives the Entourage an upscale look and promises easy care, though its durability compared to other materials is uncertain.
Inside, too, similarities to the Sedona outnumber differences. Front occupants get loads of head, leg, and elbow room. Seat bottoms are somewhat short, but thigh support is good, and grippy fabric keeps you in place. Second-row occupants also enjoy abundant space, and flip/fold seats slide forward for third-row access. The large speedometer is easy to read. High-mounted audio/climate controls are within easy reach. The gearshift is on the vertical console, with a manual-shift gate at the right. A wide glovebox sits near at hand, with a second glovebox above it. The deep cargo well holds plenty.Exterior
Styling touches follow the lead of the redesigned 2007 Santa Fe sport-utility vehicle, according to Hyundai, including dropped fenders. Integrated roof rack rails and color-keyed bodyside moldings are standard. Visually, except for details of the grille, headlamps and lower air intake up front, not much differentiates the Entourage from Kia's Sedona. Both look a lot like most minivans on the road. Considered "truly full-size" by Hyundai, this minivan measures 202 inches long overall and 78.1 inches wide, on a 118.9-inch wheelbase. External dimensions translate to 172 cubic feet of interior space, which Hyundai says beats the Honda Odyssey.
Even in the base GLS trim, the Entourage includes tri-zone climate control, power mirrors, windows and door locks, remote keyless entry and 16-inch tires. A foldaway center tray table contains four cupholders: two for front occupants and two for the second row. Twin captain's chairs are installed in the second row, along with a three-place 60/40-split back seat for seven-passenger capacity. Dual power sliding doors, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, automatic temperature control and a power driver's seat are included in the SE edition. Topping the line, the Limited adds leather seats (heated up front), a power tailgate and an electro-luminescent instrument cluster.
Only a few individual options are available, including a cargo net, carpets and mudguards. Limited models may be equipped with an Entertainment Package that includes a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with an eight-inch screen, plus an Infinity CD changer with MP3 capability and Logic7 surround sound. An Ultimate Package for the Limited also adds power-adjustable pedals, backup warning sensors, a sunroof, power front passenger seat and pedal/driver's seat memory. The sunroof is available as a separate option, but only for the Limited model.
The Entourage has a 3.8-liter V6 engine, driving a five-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual-shift capability. Kia's Sedona powertrain is similar.
242 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
251 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25
By stretch on Saturday, January 11, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,530overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "It fits a tall man and a short one also."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We are still getting comments from people on what kind is it and it still looks brand new. This is the only car that I fit in as I am 6' 7" tall. It is a dream to drive. You do not make an auto currently that I fit in. Start making this model again. We have told our dealer this every time we have it serviced."
By nlvwjc on Sunday, December 22, 2013
I owned and sold this car
Reason: gasket leak-$1500 repair, getting worn
Pros: "Roomy, great for kids/grandkids.dual sliding doors"
Cons: "repeat replace gas sensor"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"gas sensor problem 3x in 3 years. now 'gasket leak' that will cost $1500 to fix, mostly labor?? Overall, drives good, went through many a snow storm with no problems. Dents easily small bumps (i.e. wellhouse when backing up within first week...) :( Plugin for extras (i.e. phone charger or movie screens for kids in back) wore out :( loved the dual sliding doors in back, lots of room"
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By carole17 on Saturday, September 21, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have driven vans since 1987 and have had probably 6 or 7 of them. I absolutely love this one from the day it came off the lot till now, 80,000 miles later. Sorry to hear that Entourage is no longer being made."
By Bernie on Monday, September 09, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good power"
Cons: "leaks and idler pulley problems and tmng chn cove"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"problems with idler pulley, and timing chain cover will leak at about 50-60k miles. Have friend with same car and has the same issues. Other then that it has been a good van."
By lil ole me on Sunday, July 21, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Only made this model for 2 years, but we like it very much and hope to hang on to it for a few more years. Only had general maintenance ; no major problems."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Rfox0802 on Saturday, June 22, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Price, handles great, comfy, spacious"
Cons: "can't think of any"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I absolutely love this minivan. I have owned a Hyundai for over 8 yrs now, 4 of them being with this mini van. I bought it brand new. I would give it a 10/10 for quality but I had to bring it in 3 times (over four years) for the arm rests breaking. So really it's nothing major but I'm being honest. This van has never let me down, this is the longest I have ever owned a vehicle, it's super comfy and spacious and the stowing back row is awesome. I can fit my dog's kennel a cooler and chairs in the back and still have room! It handles amazingly, especially in the snow. I couldn't ask for a better vehicle. I wanted to trade it in a few years ago because of it not having some features I wanted. So I did remove the factory stereo and had a cd/bluetooth/mp3 stereo added a few years back, so a little upgrade and I was good to go. We love this van so much that when my husband went to upgrade his car we went to the Sonata Hybrid, love that too! Just a great company making a great product!"