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The 2023 Hyundai Palisade gets a ton of praise, and deservingly so. In many regards, it’s a contender for the best midsize SUV, but it has some solid rivals. Two of the biggest rivals to the newest Hyundai Palisade are the 2023 Honda Pilot and the latest model Toyota Highlander. Here’s how it stacks up to these more established nameplates from highly trusted automakers. 

The new Honda Pilot is a rival to the 2023 Hyundai Palisade

2023 Hyundai Palisade, contender for best midsize SUV
2023 Hyundai Palisade | Hyundai

The 2023 Honda Pilot is a major contender for best midsize SUV, which also makes it a rival of the latest model Hyundai Palisade. In terms of performance, the new Honda Pilot is a pretty swift vehicle. According to Edmunds, it has a 3.5-liter V6 with a maximum output of 285 hp and a torque of 262 lb-ft. 

By comparison, the 2023 Hyundai Palisade has a 3.8-liter V6 that’s a little more powerful with its 291 hp. It has the same torque rating as the Honda Pilot. The Honda SUV is a little faster than the Hyundai. 

Regarding the interior, the 2023 Hyundai Palisade comes out on top of the new Honda Pilot. While the Pilot is comfortable on the inside, it’s a bit lacking when it comes to interior technology. It has a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen, while the Hyundai SUV has a 12-inch display. The Hyundai Palisade also has more advanced features. 

2023 Toyota Highlander

2023 Toyota Highlander is one of the best midsize SUVs
2023 Toyota Highlander | Toyota

The 2023 Toyota Highlander is also often called the best midsize SUV. It earns this title for a few reasons, but mostly because it has changed with the times. The latest Toyota Highlander has a 2.4-liter inline-four engine with a maximum output of 265 hp. It’s front wheel drive on the base trim and uses an eight-speed automatic transmission. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds.

Like the 2023 Hyundai Palisade, the new Toyota Highlander is a Top Safety Plus pick from the IIHS. Unfortunately, the 2023 Honda Pilot has not been tested by the organization. Regarding the interiors, the 2023 Toyota Highlander is pretty modern. It’s spacious and also has an optional 12.3-inch display, but an eight-inch is standard.

Overall, the Highlander is more similar to the Palisade than the 2023 Honda Pilot. The main difference is that the 2023 Palisade is more modern. However, these are all three excellent choices for a new midsize SUV. The great thing is that they all bring something different to the market while keeping things interesting. Additionally, all three are reliable vehicles. 

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