SEATTLE — Proving to be one of the most successful import brands, Hyundai has made a bold entry into the midsize SUV market with its new Palisade. Easily one of the most handsome SUVs out, the Palisade has a lot going for it in several key areas.
Hyundai lovers now have a very premium third-row SUV to choose from, offering more room for people and cargo, than ever. Now only has this vehicle made a splash with auto journalists but has, so far, resounded with customers as well.
Under the hood:
Powered by a potent 3.8-liter V6 engine that powers a very capable and efficient all-wheel-drive powertrain. With 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, the Palisade develops more than enough power to get out of its own way and delivers solid power. An eight-speed automatic transmission is your only option, regardless of opting for the front-wheel-driver or all-wheel drive model. Towing capacity to limited to 5,000 pounds.
The EPA rates the AWD model at 19 MPG around town and up to 24 MPG on the highway, for a combined average of 21 — not stellar, but somewhat average for this class of vehicle. The $1700 upgrade to all-wheel-drive seems like a no-brainer, especially for those living in areas with various weather patterns.
Check out that interior:
Where the Palisade really rewards you is in its interior. It’s as if the Hyundai design team pulled out all the stops. It’s not only very functional but one of the sleekest, cleanest designs we’ve ever seen in any SUV. There are definite hints of German design cues here, that combine in such a way to provide a sublime combination of form and function.
It’s not that the Palisade has anything unique to it, in terms of features, however, it’s the way those features are implemented in such a refined way. The broad use of high quality materials and the simple, yet sophisticated look, will make you feel as if you’re in a vehicle twice the price.
The infotainment center features both Apple Carplay and Android Auto, standard. Audio playback is excellent — something that’s been a hallmark of Hyunday’s partnership with Harman Kardon. A total of twelve speakers, powered by a 630-watt amplifier, delivers spectacular performance. All the usual sources are available, AM/FM/XM, CD, Bluetooth Audio, and auxiliary input.
Front seats are incredibly comfortable and offer a wide array of adjustability for both driver and passenger. You’ll find that even on long road trips, the seats are supportive and comfortable for the long haul. Second row captain chairs also are very comfortable, however, don’t have all the adjustments as the front seats. However, there is excellent legroom for the second row. As far as the third row goes? Let’s just say that unless you’re under the age of 12, you’ll likely not be super comfortable back there.
On the road, the Palisade is great to drive. Its suspension handles rough roads with ease while keeping excessive body roll in-check while around hard corners. Acceleration is good but nothing special when compared to the competition. Where the Palisade excels is offering a very comfortable ride, with great driver aids and doing most things very well.
Overall, Hyundai has done a superior job with its initial Palisade and we have no doubt that it’ll be a great selling vehicle for them. There’s nothing to really fault here, except that we would like to see a bit more power from the engine as well as better fuel economy would be nice. But as we pointed out in the review, it’s on-par with the competition in those areas. Where it shines is offering customers a 7-passenger SUV that provides upscale looks, form and function at competitive pricing and a 10-year powertrian warranty.
If you’re in the market for a larger SUV, then you’ll definitely want to check into the 2020 Palisade from Hyundai, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better value out there.
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