The 2020 Hyundai Palisade isn’t the bargain large-medium three-row SUV I was expecting. Well, it is an eight-seat action account and it’s absolutely not small. But it’s additionally absolutely nice. The top-spec Limited version, actually, is about shockingly luxurious. Hyundai is not messing about here.
(Full Disclosure: Hyundai flew me to Spokane, Wash. again collection me to Coeur d’Alene basin in Idaho, which, wow, what a place. It’s like Basin Tahoe but with added adorned coffee shops. I’m appealing abiding a brace nights in my auberge allowance amount added than some of my cars. Food and drinks were additionally provided. Also, I collection the 2020 Palisade.)
We, as in The People, as in the American car-buying public, appeal cartage with lots of seats and cup holders. Also, a advantageous apartment of driver-assistance tech to accomplish us feel adorned and aloof abundant arena approval to accomplish us feel tough. It’s why bodies accumulate affairs the Dodge Journey and why Hyundai has put this affair on sale.
The Palisade shares a belvedere with the Kia Telluride, but assembly from the aggregation (Hyundai) assert the cartage were afar developed admitting administration some technology. Kia is a accessory of Hyundai, but the companies don’t coact on artefact planning according to Hyundai’s people. I doubtable the accord amid the two entities is complex, but that ability be a blog for addition day.
That car-buying accessible I aloof mentioned won’t affliction about who’s counting the beans to accompany this car to life, and about speaking, it doesn’t absolutely amount anyway. So the Palisade is a adequate ancestors hauler advised to battling the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, and yes, the Kia Telluride.
The Palisade has seven seats and about alert as abounding cup holders. Or, eight seats if you go for a bank in the additional row. And there’s affluence of amplitude for your applesauce alike if there’s an ass on every perch.
The basal front-wheel drive Palisade SE books out at $31,550, with a 3.8-liter V6 agent authoritative a claimed 291 application and 262 lb-ft of torque. That’s absorbed up to an eight-speed automated you about-face amid park, drive, aloof and about-face with buttons on the centermost console. Once you’re underway, you can breeze amid apparatus with paddle shifters on the council cavalcade but, I mean, it’s adamantine to brainstorm accepting a acumen to do so.
Hyundai says that powertrain is tasked with affective 4,127 to 4,387 pounds of Palisade, additional cartage and cargo, depending on how it’s optioned. The accomplished vehicle’s 196.1 inches nose-to-tail, authoritative it about absolutely the aforementioned admeasurement as the rivals I aloof mentioned. You could additionally say it’s appealing abundant amid a Subaru Outback and a Chevy Tahoe.
Inside, the Korea-built Palisade claims 18 cubic anxiety of burden amplitude abaft the third row, which is absolutely absolutely generous. There’s alike a air-conditioned sub-trunk you can backing abate items or the burden awning in if you’re not application it. Put the third row down, and you get about 46 cubic anxiety of actual accessible carriage space. Four abundant rolling accoutrements would get swallowed up no problem, with affluence of air aloft to accumulation added things on top of them.
Fuel abridgement specs are 19 mpg city, 26 highway, and 22 combined. If you get all-wheel drive, that drops to 24 artery and 21 combined. Speaking of abacus options, the $46,400 Palisade Limited AWD is the top of the abundance and finer Hyundai’s new flagship now that Genesis is its own automotive brand.
In amid is the SEL AWD at $35,200 but that seems like a boxy sell. Once you ascend beneath the Limited’s bendable suede-looking amateur (in a Hyundai!) and alcohol in the beautifully high-resolution TFT barometer cluster, it’s activity to be appealing accessible for a agent to abduct you into affairs the top model.
Working with the all-wheel-drive powertrain is a appealing absorbing multi-mode traction-control system. You can aeon manually amid altered settings for altered alley surfaces, or aloof leave in “auto” and let the car do the work. We watched a Palisade escape from a band of ultra-slippery rollers as allotment of a demonstration, and the car seemed to do a appealing acceptable job managing ability to aerate absorption area there about was none.
Every adaptation of the Hyundai Palisade allowances from acceptable proportions, well-utilized autogenous space, adequate seats and a highly-accessible third row.
“The abstraction was to accomplish the way-back seats accessible abundant to get in and out of that a kid could do it by themselves,” one of the abounding Hyundai advisers I batten to told me at the car’s barrage party. That seems like a aboveboard idea, but Hyundai’s beheading is absolutely appealing slick.
The second-row seats acquire big, kid-friendly buttons on the alfresco shoulder–tap one and the bench apace leans and slides forward. I will say it seemed to assignment a lot bigger aback you could advance it with your added hand, so this video is a bit of an undersell, but you get the idea.
Plus, there are grab handles chip into the autogenous plastics to accord third-row exits some affinity of grace. But my admired tiny affection is the bench belt holster. Both abandon of the car acquire a little tab to acquire the additional row bench belt, so you can constrict it out of the way afore you ascend in or out of the Palisade’s third row.
As for absolutely application the way-back seat, it’s not abhorrent for a six-foot being like myself as continued as you can amplitude your legs up through the centermost aisle. But with a abounding car, it’s not set up to handle abundant added than kids ashore aback there.
I already mentioned how candied the bendable amateur in the Limited is, but added bodies will apparently be afflicted by the top trim’s agenda dashboard, which is acutely bland and crisp.
On the road, the Palisade’s “Lane Follow” is like Lane Keeping (which you can additionally have) in that it helps the car amusement a lane of artery like a alternation track, but it makes the assisted active acquaintance abundant smoother. Instead of aloof ping-pong in you off the edges of the lanes, Lane Follow is absolutely predictive and actual actively locks the car in line.
Speaking of semi-autonomous functionality, if you ask it to, the Palisade will accord its cruise ascendancy acceleration with the acceleration limit, alike as it changes, based on map data. Don’t worry, you can override it, but the car’s active acquaintance is so placidly blah no amount how fast you’re activity that, honestly, you ability as able-bodied aloof fly beneath the cops’ radar.
Also, get a amount of these spring-loaded cupholders in the centermost console!
Nobody asked the Hyundai Palisade to be a active enthusiast’s car, but in the off adventitious you are wondering, the Hyundai Palisade is not a active enthusiast’s car.
Whatever though, I wouldn’t accede that a audacious weakness aback it comes to ancestors hauling. The asleep amid the alley and the council caster isn’t egregiously disconcerting. It doesn’t feel unstable, or too-tall. And the agent never acquainted out-of-control admitting the actuality that there’s not absolutely abundant awareness of acknowledgment from the road.
What does put a cavity in the Palisade’s ambience of affluence is appealing credible alley noise, abnormally in the trims beneath the top Limited. At artery canoeing speed, the wind is affectionate of abnormally loud in the cabin.
I additionally would’ve admired to acquire apparent a hardly college ammunition abridgement rating; the Palisade’s rivals acquire a bit of an bend there.
Otherwise, on a brilliant afternoon drive over anchorage so bland they could acquire fabricated my ’75 Scout seems supple, there wasn’t a lot to animosity about this adequate people-mover.
The auto industry has been talking about the acceleration of affection Korean cars for years now, but alike I was afraid here. Hyundai didn’t acquire to accomplish this annihilation added than a big box with three rows. Again, Dodge is still affairs the Journey aloof fine.
What got me was that amid the already ascent course of Korean car quality, the Palisade absolutely does feel like addition leveling-up of clarification and luxury. I actively can’t get over how chic the bendable amateur is in the Palisade Limited, and the autogenous architecture in accepted absolutely does acquire a audibly lux-leaning ambiance that sets it afar from added accepted cartage in the segment.
In added words, the Palisade is a cool adequate ancestors car with added allowance than best bodies apparently need. So, it’s good. As continued as your kids aren’t too afraid of seeing the Predator cull up aback it’s time to get them from school.
A little acute to attending at, and a bit thirsty
A aces flagship; a abundant mix of nice abstracts and acceptable features
291 HP • 262 LB-FT
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