Hyundai Motor America announced pricing today for the best minivan ever tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) -- the 2008 Hyundai Entourage (1) now on sale at Hyundai dealerships.

Hyundai's first minivan, the Entourage, which earned top safety marks when first introduced last year, picks up the pace in 2008 with even more value and equipment options to suit the needs of families on-the-go. Sporting a powerful 3.8-liter V6 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission -- all backed by Hyundai's 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty -- the Entourage is a smart buy with an entry-level price of $24,595 including freight. With standard safety features like electronic stability control (ESC), six air bags, active front-seat head restraints and a top five-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Entourage is a vehicle that continues to be a frontline contender in the minivan segment.

ENTOURAGE GLS $24,595 including $700 freight
ENTOURAGE LIMITED $30,495 including $700 freight

The Entourage's GLS Popular Equipment Package is new for 2008 and offers a high level of convenience and safety features for less than a comparably equipped 2007 Entourage SE. (The SE trim level is discontinued for 2008.) This high value package includes backup warning sensors to enhance driver awareness when the vehicle is in reverse; steering wheel audio controls to minimize driver distraction; and dual power sliding doors with power sliding windows, power rear quarter glass and power driver seat. This new optional equipment package delivers desirable safety and convenience features to make the GLS trim level a versatile alternative to the higher priced competition, the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. In fact, the Entourage equipped with the Popular Equipment Package is the lowest priced minivan offering power sliding doors and backup warning sensors.

The new GLS Premium Package for 2008 adds exterior and interior trim enhancements, along with thoughtful features, including fully automatic front-dual automatic climate controls, Infinity AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio and an eight-inch DVD rear seat entertainment system.

For 2008, the Entourage will continue to feature the popular standard equipment offered when the vehicle was introduced last year, like the Hyundai Hideaway(TM) third-row seat, a simple-to-use 60/40 split fold-into-the floor seat that offers flexibility for up to seven passengers. Entourage's flip and fold second-row seats add to the vehicle's space and versatility, providing easy access to its third-row seating.

At 202 inches long and 78.1 inches wide, the Entourage is truly full-size. In fact, these larger dimensions and efficient packaging deliver an interior volume of 172 cubic feet -- more than Honda Odyssey.

The Hyundai Entourage comes in two distinct trim levels: The well-equipped GLS and more luxurious Limited.