The Hyundai Entourage has been a safe, reliable family mover for several years now, so to up the ante for 2009, Hyundai decided to simplify. For 2009, only two Entourage models are available, the base GLS and the top-level Limited. This is good news for buyers, because instead of cutting options along with the trim levels, Hyundai just made a lot of package options standard, giving the Entourage even more value for the money.

In addition to standardizing many options, the Entourage gets some new goodies for 2009 as well. Standard on all Entourages is a new stereo with what Hyundai says is an improved display and better controls. The new stereo gets XM Satellite Radio standard with three months of service included, as well as USB and iPod connectivity. iPods plugged into the stereo will be controlled by the stereo and have their batteries charged at the same time.

All 2009 Entourages come with a bundle of safety features standard. In addition to driver and passenger front airbags, the Hyundai minivan has side impact airbags for front seat passengers as well as side curtain airbags for all passengers. The Entourage also gets electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, a tire-pressure-monitoring system and electronic brake-force distribution, which works with the ABS to maximize braking force in emergency stops. All seats get three-point seatbelts and the front seats get active head restraints to minimize whiplash during an accident. Second and third row seats get LATCH anchor points for securing child seats. All of these features work together to net the 2009 Entourage five-star front, side, rear, and rollover ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and "Top Pick" distinction from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Moving the Entourage down the road is the now familiar 3.8L V-6 engine found in many Hyundais that puts out 250 hp and 253 lb-ft. Even with all the oomph, the engine burns clean, qualifying as an Ultra Low Emissions vehicle and gets 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. A five-speed automatic gearbox with Shiftronic does the shifting, allowing the driver to manually select gears if they so desire. Smoothing out the ride is a fully independent suspension with MacPherson struts up front and a multilink setup riding on coil springs in the back. The Entourage can tow 1000 lb standard and up to 3000 lb when equipped with trailer brakes.

The base-model Entourage comes nicely equipped, featuring power windows, mirrors and doors as well as keyless remote entry. Entertainment comes from an Infinity six-speaker, 172-watt stereo with XM Satellite Radio and USB and iPod connectivity. Other features include 16-in. wheels, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, front armrests, a fold-away tray table with four cupholders between the front seats, dual vanity mirrors, roof racks, windshield wiper deicers and the Hyundai Hideaway third-row seat. Passengers stay comfortable with front and rear AC, with roof-mounted vents for the second and third rows. Opt for the Popular Equipment Package and the GLS picks up power sliding doors, power rear pop-out windows, a backup warning system, power driver's seat, and steering wheel audio controls. Add the Rear Seat Entertainment Package and you can get a DVD entertainment system with 8-in. LCD screen for the rear-seat passengers.

Buyers who pick up the Entourage Limited will get everything found on a Popular Equipment Package-equipped GLS as well as a compass, trip computer, 17-in. wheels, an Infinity Logic 7 660-watt surround-sound audio system with six-CD changer, leather seats all around, heated front seats, dual-zone front automatic climate control, a tilting and sliding sun roof, adjustable pedals, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, power front passengers seat, a memory system for the drivers seat, adjustable pedals and outside mirrors, automatic headlights, foglights, heated mirrors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear selector, a power liftgate, lights for both vanity mirrors and chrome door handles inside and out. The Rear Seta Entertainment Package is also standard on the Limited model.

All Entourages are backed up by multiple warranties. Hyundai offers a five-year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty, seven-year/unlimited mileage anti-perforation coverage and five-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance.

Hyundai hasn't released pricing for the 2009 Entourage yet, but expect it to be similar to 2008 pricing. In all, Hyundai continues to be a value leader with the Entourage, providing a well-equipped people mover with lots of space, plenty of comfort and spectacular safety.


2009 Hyundai Entourage
Vehicle layout Front engine, FWD, 5-7-pass, 4-door Mini-van
Engine 3.8L/250-hp/253-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6
Transmission 5-speed automatic
Curb weight (dist f/r) 4400-4659 lbs (mfr)
Wheelbase 118.9 in
Length x width x height 202.0 x 78.1 x 75.1 in
Headroom, f/m/r 41.0/39.8/38.3 in
Legroom, f/m/r 41.7/40.9/38.3 in
Shoulder room, f/m/r 63.2/65.4/60.5 in
Cargo vol behind f/m/r 141.5/80.2/32.2 cu.ft
EPA City/Hwy Econ 16/23 mpg
CO2 Emissions 1.05 lb/mile

Below is the official press release from Hyundai for the 2009 Hyundai Entourage.

THE BEST MINIVAN EVER TESTED ADDS MORE TECHNOLOGY FOR 2009

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - Hyundai's minivan, the Entourage, combines top safety ratings and new technologies to redefine value in 2009. Entourage now sports standard XM Satellite Radio and iPod(r) integration with its top five-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) - the best rating ever for a minivan.

2009 NEW EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS
• Standard XM Satellite Radio with three months of free service
• Updated audio system with improved display and controls
• Standard USB/iPod auxiliary inputs
• Popular Equipment Package plus Rear Seat Entertainment replaces Premium Package
• Entourage Limited receives more standard equipment

Music lovers will welcome the 2009 Entourage's inclusion of XM Satellite Radio and standard auxiliary input jacks (3.5 mm mini-jack and USB input) to accommodate and charge audio devices such as iPods. When an iPod or flash drive is connected through the USB port, not only does it play music through the vehicle's six-speaker audio system, but it also charges the iPod. The new display included with this system also allows both driver and passengers to easily view song/artist/title information and control the music from the audio head unit rather than only the iPod itself.

The GLS Premium Package has been deleted for 2009 and replaced with the Popular Equipment Package plus Rear Seat Entertainment, which adds a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with eight-inch LCD screen at a more affordable price. The Entourage's GLS Popular Equipment Package also 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's seat.

For 2009, equipment in the Limited Ultimate Package becomes standard on Entourage Limited. This equipment includes a rear-seat entertainment system, tilt/slide glass sunroof, power front passenger seat, power adjustable foot pedals, integrated memory system controlling the driver's seat, outside mirrors and foot pedals as well as an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink(r).

All Entourages will continue to feature popular standard equipment 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 and Chrysler Town & Country.

ADVANCED SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES
The Entourage exemplifies Hyundai's leadership in standardizing the industry's most effective safety technologies. Entourage features six standard airbags, including side air curtains for all three rows of seats. The combination of side and curtain airbags, which help protect the head and body during side impacts, can reduce fatalities by more than 45 percent, according to the IIHS.

In addition, all Entourage trim levels come standard with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), one of the industry's most effective life-saving technologies. ESC compares the driver's intended course with the vehicle's actual path, then brakes individual front or rear wheels and/or reduces engine power as needed to help correct understeer or oversteer. IIHS studies show vehicles equipped with ESC experience 56 percent fewer fatalities in single-vehicle crashes. The Entourage, Veracruz, Santa Fe, Tucson, Sonata, Genesis and Azera all have lifesaving ESC as standard equipment. In fact, 73 percent of all Hyundai vehicles in 2008 were equipped with standard ESC. Hyundai boasts a higher percentage of standard ESC installation than Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota or Honda. Ventilated front (11.7-in.) and solid rear (11.9-in.) brake rotors are standard and are coupled with a four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) that includes Brake Assist, a technology that provides maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected. The system also utilizes Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) which varies braking force at each wheel based on road conditions, speed and axle loads to enhance the capabilities of ABS.

All seating positions feature three-point seatbelts and adjustable head restraints. Convenient Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) points allow child seats to be secured in the second- and third-row seats. The active head restraints on the front-row combined with the shingle-type adjustable head restraints for all other occupants support the neck and reduce whiplash related injuries common during a rear impact. Together, these advanced features have earned Hyundai Entourage an unsurpassed rear impact performance rating of "Good" (the highest rating) along with a TOP SAFETY PICK distinction from the IIHS.

Entourage's standard safety equipment also includes a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that alerts drivers via an illuminated dash display if one or more tires are under-inflated. Additionally, included in the GLS Popular Equipment Package and Limited models are backup warning sensors that alert drivers audibly when the vehicle gets too close to an object in the rear.

EFFICIENT, FEATURE-PACKED INTERIOR
The 2009 Entourage is one of the most comfortable and convenient minivans on the market, thanks to a number of highly desired standard features. The base GLS includes manual rear sliding doors with power sliding windows, front and rear air conditioning, roof-mounted rear-seat vents for both the second- and third-row passengers, and a foldaway tray table with four cupholders mounted between the front seats. For drivers, there are power side mirrors and a tilt steering wheel. Luxurious leather seats are standard in the Limited model, as are heated front seats and a power tailgate. The Limited interior is finished with an elegant two-tone color scheme with woodgrain or metalgrain accents.

POWERFUL V6 ENGINEEntourage's advanced all-aluminum 3.8-liter DOHC 24-valve standard V6 engine produces 250 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque, which means Entourage has more standard horsepower and torque than Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Town and Country. The V6 engine features timing chains with no scheduled maintenance instead of the belts typically found on many V6 engines that need replacement at set intervals. Despite its impressive output, the Entourage is environmentally friendly with its Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) certification.

Complementing the powerful V6 is an equally advanced five-speed automatic transmission. Offering smooth shifts and optimized ratios, the Entourage's transmission also includes an overdrive lock-up torque converter for quiet, efficient highway cruising. A SHIFTRONIC feature allows drivers to change gears manually, on steep grade for example, by moving the gear selector into a separate gate. Pushing the selector forward or pulling it rearward will shift the transmission up or down sequentially, adding to driver control. The shift lever is mounted below the ventilator system controls for easier reach and a clear LCD readout on the instrument panel alerts the driver as to the gear in use.

BOLD DESIGN
Strong fender sculpting, a sophisticated hood crease and a dramatic side profile give Entourage a stylish, yet functional look all around. Large jeweled projector beam front headlights and optional fog lights complete the front-end styling, while providing excellent forward visibility in a variety of driving conditions. Standard integrated roof rack side rails and color-keyed bodyside moldings with chrome inserts complement the vehicle's bodylines, while a rear spoiler with integrated brake light, chrome accents and combination tail lights round out the design theme. PURPOSE-BUILT PLATFORM
The Entourage rides on a purpose-built unibody minivan platform with a 118.9-inch wheelbase and a 66.3-inch track width. This chassis was specifically designed to deliver a comfortable ride, secure handling and ample interior space by incorporating sophisticated suspension geometry and wide track.

Entourage's four-wheel independent suspension system is comprised of MacPherson struts with coil springs and a stabilizer bar in the front, while the rear suspension uses a multi-link design with coil springs and a stabilizer bar. Engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering also contributes to the Entourage's responsiveness at varying speeds.

Entourage models come with 16-inch steel wheels with full covers and 225/70 R16 tires or 17-inch alloy wheels fitted with 235/60 R17 tires.

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

ENTOURAGE GLS
Entourage GLS offers a 3.8-liter V6 engine, five-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission, ESC with traction control system, ABS, TPMS, and 16-inch wheels. Power windows, door locks and remote keyless entry put convenience at the fingertips. Safety features include active front head restraints, dual front airbags, front seat side-impact airbags plus side curtain airbags. Other features include premium cloth seats, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, dual vanity mirrors, front armrest, 172-watt Infinity AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/MP3 audio system with USB/iPod(r) auxiliary inputs and six speakers, a front wiper de-icer and the Hyundai Hideaway third-row seat. Roof rack side rails complete this well-equipped standard package.

Optional for the Entourage GLS is the Popular Equipment Package. This package offers dual power sliding doors, power rear quarter glass, backup warning sensors, power driver's seat and steering wheel audio controls. The available Popular Equipment Package plus Rear Seat Entertainment Package also includes a rear-seat entertainment system with an eight-inch LCD monitor.

ENTOURAGE LIMITED
The top of the line Entourage Limited comes standard with all of the equipment found on the GLS with Popular Equipment Package and adds a compass, trip computer, 660-watt Infinity Logic 7 surround sound audio system with CD changer, leather seating surfaces with heated front seats, solar control glass, leather steering wheel and shift knob, chrome exterior and interior door handles, automatic headlights, fog lights, chrome license garnish, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, heated side mirrors, premium scuff plates, power tailgate, dual zone front automatic temperature control, 17-inch alloy wheels and Limited badging.

The Entourage Limited also features a rear-seat entertainment system, a tilt/slide glass sunroof, power front passenger seat, power adjustable foot pedals, integrated memory system controlling the driver's seat, outside mirrors and foot pedals as well as an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink(r).

WARRANTY
The Entourage line-up is protected by the Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty. Coverage includes five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper protection, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and seven-year/unlimited mileage anti-perforation coverage. In addition, Entourage buyers receive 24-hour roadside assistance coverage at no extra charge for five years (no mileage limit), which includes emergency towing, lockout service and limited coverage for trip-interruption expenses. There is no deductible on any of this coverage.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through almost 800 dealerships nationwide.

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