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#11 of 20 Re: Entourage Test Drive [jeffreid]
May 03, 2006 (7:21 am)
Thank you, and thanks for the clarification, too. My salesman gave us bad info. Sorry...
#12 of 20 Re: Entourage Test Drive [jeffreid]
May 03, 2006 (7:30 am)
I went on www.hyundaiusa.com and there was nothing listed for any specials. Where can I verify?
#13 of 20 Impressions
Jun 12, 2006 (6:27 am)
Visited yesterday the local dealer in my area - they were closed (Sunday) but one Entourage has been unlocked, so I took a look.
Overall, the outside of the van is very plain and blend, styling isn't bold at all - but inside the van, it feels really upscale and well assembled. Door closes with a good "thump"?, the leather-wrapped steering wheel has a quality feel - though the leather seats is not the best leather I've seen.
Power seat controls are on the door - gotta get used to it; every outboard passenger have access to manually open/close his/her own window by power switches placed in all 3 rows - something you will not find on any other minivan.
Some other minor details:
- The sun visors feel good, and Entourage is perhaps the only minivan who still provides a visor extender, and large visor mirrors.
- The middle seats can't be put together to form a bench as in the Odyssey (or as Sienna which is difficult).
- No storage under front passengers seat, even though the seat is not powered even on the high-end model.
- But 2 roomy glove boxes, plus additional bins inside, provide you with organized storage room, as is at the bottom of the dashboard. In overall, the interior mimic the Sienna, with the dash shifter (alto not gated, which I prefer), the bins around the shifter, cup holders - they're missing the door armrest storage of the Sienna, though. (Hyundai did smarter by placing the A/C vents on the 2 sides of the dashboard, so the audio system is not placed as high as in Sienna, and the climate controls are not as low as in Sienna, which is usually blocked by the shifter in the Sienna.)
- I also don't like the way the armrest on the door is designed (and many Hyundais, for that matter). The curve down makes it uncomfortable to use as a good armrest, and it's not too easy to close the door (the Azera do have better design).
- The rear seats fold into floor very similar to Sienna - which is not the most practical way. The Odyssey and DCX vans are more logical and comfy.
Bottom line: it looks like a winner.
#14 of 20 Loud exhaust?
Oct 21, 2006 (6:44 pm)
We test drove the Entourage last weekend and noticed quite a bit of noise coming from the exhaust. When we brought this to the dealer's attention, he said Hyundai purposely made the muffler loud to give the van a "sportier feel". Has anyone else experienced this? We found the noise rather intrusive, NOT sporty. The only times I have ever heard the muffler was when it was rusty and about to fall off in the middle of the road!
#15 of 20 Re: Loud exhaust? [ziana]
Oct 25, 2006 (5:33 am)
I don't know about that, especially since Kia is supposed to be the sportier of the two nameplates. That explanation sounds a little suspect to me.
#16 of 20 Re: Loud exhaust? [ziana]
Oct 25, 2006 (6:45 am)
A couple of days after taking delivery of our Entourage I noticed that the exhaust was a bit loud in the cabin. However, it has become much less noticeable. Not sure if we are use to it or what. My wife drives it everyday and has not mentioned it.
#17 of 20 Re: Loud exhaust? [ziana]
Oct 25, 2006 (1:14 pm)
I did test drive on the Kia Sedona and heard the same exhaust note you describe. It was clearly supposed to be that way to give a sporty sound on acceleration. Maybe you view it as intrusive, but Hyundai (parent of Kia) intended it to be sporty. Once under way and after you lift out of the throttle it goes away. I found the Kia to be a rather quiet cruiser and did not find the exhaust note on acceleration to be that offensive.
#18 of 20 Re: Loud exhaust? [ziana]
Oct 25, 2006 (4:59 pm)
I have the SE version and yes the exaust does hum with the 3.8 engine.
#19 of 20 Re: Loud exhaust? [ziana]
Oct 28, 2006 (7:43 am)
Thanks for the replies! Well I am glad to hear that the salesman wasn't yanking our chain. I guess we could get used to the sporty noise. I think we heard it, then tried to ignore it, which just made it even more noticable. Other than the exhaust, we found the cabin to be incredibly quiet and comfortable. We need a minivan, and the Entourage is definitely our top choice (safety and price). I wish the mpg was better, but I wish that were the case on every vehicle.
#20 of 20 Re: Quiet Cabin
Jul 07, 2007 (6:19 pm)
Probably due to active noise cancellation. Most high end vehicles use it. RG