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Hyundai Entourage
07-Hyundai-Entourage
Manufacturer Kia Motors
Also called Kia Sedona
Kia Grand Carnival
Production 2006–2009
Assembly Sohari Plant, Gwangmyeong, South Korea
Predecessor Hyundai Trajet
Class Minivan
Body style(s) 4-door minivan
Layout FF layout
Engine(s) 3.8L Lambda V6 252 hp (188 kW) petrol
Transmission(s) 5-Speed automatic
Wheelbase 118.9 in (3020 mm).
Length 202 in (5131 mm).
Width 78.1 in (1984 mm).
Height 71.5 in (1816 mm).
Fuel capacity 21.3 US gallons (80.6 L/17.7 imp gal)
Related Kia Carnival
Kia Sedona

The Hyundai Entourage (Korean: 현대 엔투리지) is a minivan marketed by Hyundai Motor Company in the North American market from model years 2007-2009.

The Entourage is a rebadged variant[1] of the second-generation Kia Sedona, manufactured at Kia's Sohari Plant. The minivan was briefly cancelled in August 2005, but resurrected in October without affecting its introduction date. The production Entourage was shown at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2006 and went on sale in April 2006.

Equipment and trim levelsEdit

The Entourage is powered by the company's 3.8 L Lambda V6. It seats seven people with optional equipment ranging from automatic climate control, leather seating, power sliding doors and tailgate, reverse sensors, and a six-disc in-dash CD changer. Unlike the Sedona, which is available in a short-wheelbase version starting in 2007, the Entourage was available in extended-length only because of the mid-size Hyundai Veracruz crossover SUV, which measures about the same length as the short-wheelbase Sedona.

The Entourage is offered in three trim levels. The (base) GLS model features 16-inch wheels, removable second-row captain's chairs, 60/40 split-folding third-row fold-in-floor seat, a six-way manual-adjustable driver seat, tri-zone air-conditioning, six-speaker CD stereo, cruise control, power windows and door locks and keyless entry. The SE level adds 17-inch alloys, dual power-sliding rear doors, a power tailgate, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls wood or metal accents and an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat. The Limited trim level includes heated leather seats and an electroluminescent instrument cluster — with optional sunroof, 13-speaker surround-sound audio system, four-way power front-passenger seat, power-adjustable pedals and seating memory system.

ReceptionEdit

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Kia Carnival Limousine (South Korea)

The American configuration of the Hyundai Entourage earned a five-star safety rating — the highest honor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bestows — for all seating positions in frontal and side-impact crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Entourage “Good” — its highest rating — in front, side and rear impacts. The IIHS, in fact, has christened the 2007 Entourage a “Gold Top Safety Pick,” making the Entourage (and the similar Kia Sedona) the safest minivan ever tested.

The 2009 Hyundai Entourage minivan was recognized as a Best Family Car for 2009 by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com in their annual list of family vehicles.[2]

The Hyundai Entourage ranked 3rd for the “20 least expensive 2009 vehicles to insure” list by Insure.com. According to research, the Entourage is the one of the least expensive vehicle to insure. Low rates tend to reflect a vehicle’s safety, and the drivers who tend to buy them.[3]

As of April 2009, the Entourage will be discontinued for the 2010 model year. However, its Kia Sedona twin will be redesigned with more features to better compete with the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and the Dodge/Chrysler twins. [1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Hyundai Entourage and Kia Sedona: American Pie From a Korean Kitchen", The New York Times, Michelle Krebs, November 12, 2006 (November 12, 2006). 
  2. HYUNDAI ENTOURAGE NAMED A BEST FAMILY CAR FOR 2009 BY PARENTS MAGAZINE AND EDMUNDS.COM 05/19/2009, hyundainews.com
  3. The Most Expensive Cars to Insure Jun. 03, 2009, U.S. News Rankings & Reviews

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