The new flagship SUV from the Korean carmaker stands out in many ways. Of course, the first thing that you’ll notice about it is its distinctive styling. Of course, that’s not the only great thing about this large vehicle. It is also very spacious and comfortable, with a high level of comfort and plenty of features. Considering all these goodies, we don’t expect to see bigger changes for the second production year, especially if we consider that this is the introduction year in North America. Moreover, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade already debuted on the U.S. market and critics are highly positive at the moment.
Most experts praise its great balance between price and the luxury it gives in return. Also, it comes with a quite powerful V6 engine, which ensures a smooth and convenient ride. We have no doubt that the Palisade will become a strong competitor in the segment pretty soon.
2020 Hyundai Palisade Redesign
There is no doubt that the styling is the highlight of the new SUV. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is pretty distinctive in this aspect and doesn’t come with too many things in common with the rest of the lineup. Also, it is notably bigger than the three-row Santa Fe, a genuine mid-size SUV that measures almost 115 inches in wheelbase.
The design language is characterized by plenty of sharp lines, while the mechanics are actually pretty familiar. The platform is shared with the aforementioned mid-size crossover, with the exception of a little bit different suspension setup. Of course, there is a new 3.8-liter V6 engine and a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
On the inside, this model has so many things to offer. Of course, the first impression is all about the interior quality, which is at a completely different level compared to what we’ve been seeing from the Korean manufacturer so far. The dashboard looks very elegant. There is plenty of horizontal lines, while most materials are soft to the touch.
Of course, various color schemes are available, though darker tones look better. More expensive versions also utilize premium materials like chrome, wood, aluminum etc.
When it comes to comfort, there is really nothing to complain about. The ride is pretty smooth and very quiet, even at very high speeds. All three rows are pretty generous in terms of space. Of course, the first one stands out with massive and supportive seats, The third row is also quite spacious, definitely enough to accommodate adult passengers. Each row is equipped with air vents, while higher trims also offer second-row climate control, heated and ventilated rear seats, and power-folding third-row seats.
When it comes to the cargo area, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade stands pretty good. You can count on about 18 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 45.8 cubic feet behind the second row, and up to 86.4 cubic feet of overall cargo volume. For comparison, that is less than in Honda Pilot, but more than it Highlander. All in all, pretty respectable numbers.
When it comes to tech features, the thing we like most is a very intuitive infotainment system. The Palisade comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen, while a bigger 10.25-inch screen is also available. Also, the list of standard equipment includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB ports and more. In higher trims, you can also get typical upgrades like a premium audio system and similar things.
In terms of safety, every Palisade comes standard with an impressive list of safety systems. The list includes forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, a rear occupant alert, lane keep assist, lane centering assist, driver attention monitoring, Smart Cruise Control (adaptive cruise control with the stop-and-go capability), a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.
That’s pretty much on par with class-leaders like Toyota Highlander. Also, higher trims offer upgrades with systems like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, front parking sensors, an ultrasonic rear occupant alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a surround-view parking camera, a head-up display and more.
2020 Hyundai Palisade Engines
Under the hood, you can count on a familiar 3.8-liter V6 engine, which is good for about 291 horsepower, which ensures pretty decent driving dynamics. Fuel economy is typical for the class and goes around 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. On some other markets, this large crossover also comes with a 3.5-liter V6, which delivers 273 horsepower. In Europe, a diesel version is also available. It features a well-known 2.2-liter turbodiesel with around 200 horsepower.