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Oooh, how the mothers would talk.
No amount of cookie dough donations would rid you – and your family – of the nasty poor family reputation in suburbia. Pretty soon there would be care packages, hand-me-downs, and job offers at “my husband’s” plant…
Things sure have changed since then. Today, pull up in a Hyundai minivan and the mothers’ tongues will still wag – this time, however, it would be about how smart you are, despite your public school education. Hyundai’s come a long way, indeed, and the debut of its new 2007 Entourage minivan at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show will serve to cement the Korean company’s reputation as a major, reputable automaker in the U.S.
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What it is
Available in GLS, SE and Limited trims, the Entourage is well-equipped no matter which one you buy. For example, a 2007 Entourage, with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), six airbags, anti-whiplash active front head restraints, a 3.8-liter V6 engine, and more will be priced at $23,795. Highlights of the GLS model include those features plus an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), 16-inch wheels, power windows, power door locks and remote keyless entry. Roof rack side rails are also standard. Inside are active front head restraints, dual front airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, and side curtain airbags. Other features include premium cloth seats, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, dual vanity mirrors, a front armrest, and a fold-flat third-row seat. Hyundai SE and Limited models add more luxury, 17-inch wheels, heated seats, and a rear seat entertainment system, among other features.
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Why it matters
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What’s under the hood
Perhaps most notable about the Entourage, however, is the long list of standard safety features. All Entourages get a bevy of passive and active safety systems, including side impact and side curtain airbags, traction control and more. Just these two safety devices – traction control and side curtain airbags – can make any car significantly safer to drive.
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What we think
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When you can buy it
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Engine Size and Type: 3.8-liter V6
Engine Horsepower: 242 at 6,000 rpm
Engine Torque: 251 lb.-ft. at 3,500 rpm
Transmission: Five-speed automatic with manual mode
Curb weight: 4,378 - 4,646 lbs.
EPA Fuel Economy: 17/27 mpg
Length: 202 inches
Width: 78.1 inches
Wheelbase: 118.9 inches
Height: 75.1 inches
Max. Seating Capacity: 7
Max. Cargo Volume: 141.5 cu.-ft. (seats removed)
Competitors: Buick Terraza, Chevrolet Uplander, Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Ford Freestar, Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona, Mazda MPV, Mercury Monterey, Nissan Quest, Pontiac Montana SV6, Saturn Relay, Toyota Sienna
Photos courtesy of Hyundai Motor America
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