4 Things Consumer Reports Likes About the 2022 Hyundai Palisade

The 2022 Hyundai Palisade is a much-loved midsize SUV in the North American market, second only to the 2022 Kia Telluride in most regards. Of course, most critics and reviewers have already identified what they love and hate about the three-row SUV. For instance, Consumer Reports has identified these four points as the Palisade’s most likable elements.

1. The midsize SUV’s powertrain

The 2022 Hyundai Palisade midsize SUV in black parked near bushes and tropical trees as the sun sets in an orange sky
2022 Hyundai Palisade | Hyundai Motor America

According to the U.S. News, the 2022 Hyundai Palisade is fitted with a 3.8L V6 engine with 292 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Not only is this engine more powerful than the four-cylinder engines available in some of the competition, but quieter as well. Consequently, it seems to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, a time only bested by the Kia Sorento in the Consumer Reports three-row midsize SUV ratings.

Notably, this level of performance is aided by the midsize SUV’s eight-speed automatic transmission, which helps ensure timely delivery of power. The reviewer even notes that the gear shifts are pretty smooth and unobtrusive.

2. The Hyundai Palisade’s spacious interior

In addition to having a thoughtfully designed interior that even includes USB ports for rear passengers, space is a major positive for the 2022 Hyundai Palisade. It features a roomy cabin, especially in the front and second rows, providing plenty of head, elbow, and legroom. Consequently, stretching shouldn’t be a problem for passengers.

It’s worth noting that the vehicle may come in either a seven-seater or eight-seater configuration. There are two separate seats in the second row for the former, while an eight-seater arrangement features a bench. The third row may be a bit tight, but that is expected since the last row is generally meant for kids.

Notably, cargo space is also an asset as the vehicle can comfortably hold a couple of duffle bags behind the third-row seats. Furthermore, drivers can lower both the second row and third-row seats to further expand cargo space.

3. The ease of access to the cabin

Getting in and out of the Hyundai Palisade doesn’t seem to be a problem for drivers and passengers. The front door openings are pretty large, and the seats are easily reachable, allowing the driver and front-row passenger to slide in without much fuss. The same could be said of the second-row seats.

As for the third-row access, it’s typically problematic in most three-row SUVs. However, the second-row seats fold in the 2022 Palisade, making it easier to reach the third row. Passengers may have to duck and twist to get inside, but apart from that, there isn’t much to complain about.

4. The Hyundai Palisade’s quiet cabin


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If you’ve experienced the wind noise of vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler, the 2022 Hyundai Palisade will give you a totally different experience. As mentioned above, buyers needn’t worry much about engine noise as V6 engines aren’t known to be loud. You may hear a hum in the background but nothing too intrusive.

Consumer Reports even notes that this is something the Palisade shares with the Kia Telluride, which is expected since they have the same engine. The cabin also seems isolated from road and wind noise, offering a pleasantly quiet ride.

Is there anything Consumer Reports dislikes about the Palisade?

One major gripe the reviewer has with the Hyundai Palisade is the lack of agility. This isn’t to say the SUV handles poorly, but that a lack of steering feedback limits it. Furthermore, as a large car, it exhibits some body lean, although surprisingly, the tires don’t seem to lose their grip on the road.

Despite the lack of steering feedback, it provides driver confidence even when pushed, partly due to a well-tuned stability control system. Consumer Reports’ only other issue with the midsize SUV is the tricky gear selector.