With a high-class cabin, a smooth ride, and space for the whole family, it’s easy to see why the Palisade has been a hit for Hyundai. The brand’s largest SUV runs the gamut from its value-oriented base trim to the swanky Calligraphy model that does its best impression of a Genesis GV80. A 3.8-liter V-6 engine resides under the Palisade’s hood and delivers its smooth 291 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Many connectivity and technology features are standard across the range, while top models get luxuries such as a panoramic sunroof, in-dash navigation, and quilted leather upholstery. No matter which trim you choose, the Palisade’s cabin is a spacious, comfortable place for the whole family.
What’s New for 2023?
A facelift for the 2023 model year to gives the Palisade a more squared-off appearance. The new look is enhanced by updated wheel designs and the cabin has received some new features. The Palisade’s instrument panel has a higher-resolution 12.0-inch infotainment display, a redesigned steering wheel, and updated upholstery options. New features include a Wi-Fi hotspot, heated third row seats, and a massaging driver’s seat. A rugged-looking XRT model joins the lineup and comes with 20-inch wheels, blacked-out exterior trim, and other design flourishes. The Palisade’s biggest competitor has always been the mechanically similar Kia Telluride, but that model is also due for a refresh this year, which means the rivalry is sure to continue.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The XRT model is a new offering in the lineup this year, but our Palisade of choice would be the midrange SEL with the Premium package. It adds many of the SUV’s best tech and luxury features including the larger infotainment screen, in-dash navigation, and Hyundai’s most advanced driver-assistance features.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Palisade is powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 and comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine’s 291 horsepower provides adequate acceleration for a vehicle like this. The Palisade’s transmission can be manually shifted with steering-wheel-mounted paddles. The gearbox shifts smoothly on its own, but there’s some busy shuffling of the ratios when climbing hills. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional on SE, SEL, and Limited trim levels; it’s standard on the range-topping Calligraphy. All Palisade models come standard with a transmission cooler and trailer pre-wiring and sway control. It is rated to tow up to 5000 pounds when equipped with the dealer-installed trailer hitch. We tested an all-wheel-drive SEL, and it delivered unexceptional acceleration results at our test track. In our testing, the Palisade went from zero to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, and the Palisade needed 182 feet to stop from 70 mph. It proved to be slightly quicker than the Telluride but slower than the Chevrolet Traverse.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
According to the EPA, the front-wheel-drive Palisade achieves a rating of 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. When equipped with all-wheel drive, the Palisade is rated at 19 city and 24 mpg highway. In our 200-mile highway test route, our all-wheel-drive SEL model managed just 23 mpg ,compared to its 24-mpg rating. For more information about the Palisade fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The SE and SEL trims seat eight passengers, while the Limited and Calligraphy have second-row captain’s chairs that reduce passenger capacity to seven. Either way, there’s plenty of space in all three rows for occupants. The second row features a button to move the seat forward for easy access to the third row. Noise from the road is suppressed; however, a large amount of wind noise penetrates the doors. Power-folding second- and third-row seats are optional on the SEL and standard on the Limited and Calligraphy. Cargo volume with all the seats folded is 86 cubic feet, and the Palisade fit 33 carry-on suitcases in our testing. With the second row in the upright position and the third row folded, stowage totals 46 cubic feet. With the third row in use, the volume shrinks to a modest 18 cubes. There is space underneath the load floor to store muddy or wet items. The cubbies in the doors are tight, but there is reasonable storage within and below the center console.
Infotainment and Connectivity
A 12.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, in-dash navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Bluetooth connectivity is standard on all trims. Up to seven USB ports are available and you can connect two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. When equipped with Hyundai’s Blue Link app service, the Palisade can be locked, unlocked, and started remotely through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
On top of the standard safety equipment, nearly every advanced safety system can be added on higher trim levels. For more information about the Palisade’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Hyundai’s warranty is one of the best in the business, highlighted by the 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain coverage for the first owner of the vehicle. The company also now offers complimentary scheduled maintenance that bests mainstream rivals such as Toyota.
- Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles
2020 Hyundai Palisade
front-engine, front- or all-wheel-drive, 7- or 8-passenger, 4-door hatchback
SE, $32,595; SEL, $35,545; Limited, $45,745
DOHC 24-valve Atkinson-capable V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
231 cu in, 3778 cc
291 hp @ 6000 rpm
262 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm
8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Wheelbase: 114.2 in
Length: 196.1 in
Width: 77.8 in
Height: 68.9 in
Passenger volume: 154–160 cu ft
Cargo volume: 18 cu ft
Curb weight: 4200–4500 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
Zero to 60 mph: 7.2–7.4 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 17.5–17.8 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.6–15.8 sec
Top speed: 130 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 21–22/19/24–26 mpg
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