NEW FOR 2009:

– No changes

For 2009, the Hyundai Entourage minivan is unchanged.

A cousin to the Kia Sedona, the Entourage is powered by a 3.8-litre V6, with five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. Trim lines are the L, GL, GLS and Limited.

Features on the L include 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, removable second-row captain’s chairs, 60/40 split fold-into-floor third-row seats, CD stereo, tilt wheel, cruise control, power windows, power locks with keyless entry, alarm system, heated mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, and rear washer/wiper.

The GL adds 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rack side rails, power third-row quarter windows, power sliding doors, and backup sensor.

The GLS adds 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, power liftgate, fog lamps, chrome door handles, solar control glass, heated leather seats with eight-way power driver’s adjustment, wheel-mounted audio controls, rear-seat DVD player, and leather-wrapped wheel.

The Limited adds driver’s side memory, rain-sensing wipers, power sunroof, four-way power passenger seat, door sill scuff plates, power-adjustable pedals, garage door opener, and auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The Entourage is a large minivan, with a large footprint but with corresponding interior room. It feels more "plasticky" than most of its competitors, and suffers from wind noise on the highway, but its long list of standard features at a relatively moderate price should make it popular with buyers, especially when its long warranty is factored in. Safety features in all models include stability control, anti-lock brakes and a full-length curtain airbag.

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