First Entourage trip

Discussion in 'Hyundai Entourage' started by Eric G., Sep 12, 2006.

  1. Eric G.

    Eric G. Guest

    Actually took two long trips from September 1st until the 10th. One
    from NJ to Ocean City, MD (we were there for the entire Ernesto storm
    with wind gusts as high as 90 MPH). Then home for about 2 days, and
    another trip to Richmond, VA.

    Being a first-time minivan owner, most of my raves about the vehicle
    involve the fact that we were able to put EVERYTHING in the back of this
    thing without any problems. Traveling with a 4.5 year-old and a 6-month
    old involves bringing just about the entire house, short of the kitchen
    sink. In my previous vehicles this involved strategic packing and
    loading. In the Entourage, all I had to do was make sure the load was
    secure. It was great.

    So, to compare the driving and quality of the vehicle to others I own
    and have owned, I have to say that (as expected) there are some good
    points and bad points. First, the engine makes WAY too much noise. At
    least it has some real power to move, but I think Hyundai needs to make
    an effort to reduce the engine noise in the passenger compartment. But
    that is only under acceleration...at cruising speeds it is fairly
    silent.

    Second, the Entourage tracks as good or better than anything I have ever
    owned. On the highway it is like you are riding on rails. The turns,
    however, are another story. But it is a minivan, so maybe I am
    expecting more of a car-like ride than I should.

    In just about 1000 miles of driving, we managed to average 24 MPG, which
    is just what the EPA highway rating is. On the trip to Ocean City and
    home I averaged 51 MPH, and the trip to Richmond and back averaged 68
    MPH. I won't go in to detail too much, but we barely hit any traffic on
    either trip. The Ocean City trip ends in about 25 miles of nothing but
    lights and about a maximum of 35 MPH speed limit (except for a few small
    sections of 55 MPH). And the trip to Richmond involves traveling
    through the DC area, which can crawl, but was rather good this time.

    Overall we are getting just a hair over 17 MPG average in the 3800 miles
    we now have on the van. I was real happy to see $2.259 gas where were
    staying just northwest of Richmond, and I was told that $1.999 gas was
    only a few miles away in VA.

    Other than the above, the only real complaint I have is with the cup
    holders again (like my Sonata). These do seem to hold everything fine,
    but the problem is that on some highways with grooved or uneven
    pavement, aluminum cans and even some plastic bottles will rattle enough
    to give you a major headache. My wife spent a lot of time trying to
    find something to wedge in between the beverage and the side of the cup
    holder to kill the vibration.

    Everything else worked as designed with no complaints.

    Eric
     
    Eric G., Sep 12, 2006
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  2. Eric G.

    art.obrien Guest

    Glad to see you are enjoying your Entourage as well. I couldn't
    believe it when my wife decided she wanted a van. Once you get past
    the stereotypes it is really a very versitile roomy vehicle.

    Stop by http://p067.ezboard.com/bhyundaientourageforum to visit with
    other owners.
     
    art.obrien, Sep 13, 2006
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