The mid-level SE trim is discontinued, with much of its content added to the GLS' optional Popular Equipment Package. The GLS now offers a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, while the Limited receives a new Infinity Logic 7 Surround Sound audio system. Both trims now offer Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.
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.
Hyundai is a late arrival to the minivan market, but its latest offering -- while breaking little fresh ground -- builds upon the reputation of a well-regarded current vehicle; the 2008 Hyundai Entourage is related to the Kia Sedona, which first went on sale as a mid-2006 model. Hyundai is Kia's parent company, and 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 "more refined" than the Sedona, thus warranting moderately higher prices. "People lean toward minivans with all the extras," Dietz said.