The Hyundai Palisade Is a Safe Alternative to a Minivan

There’s nothing wrong with getting a minivan as your next family car. Still, three-row SUVs like the Hyundai Palisade also answer the needs of modern families. We often highlight how luxurious the Palisade can be, but advanced safety is too. 

Safety is a significant aspect of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade 

A blue 2020 Hyundai Palisade parked near a bed of red roses.
2020 Hyundai Palisade | Hyundai

The all-new Palisade SUV has taken the industry by storm this year, and it’s understandable as to why. The Palisade is both attractive and practical, and its safety features won’t disappoint either. Reviewers at U.S. News consider the Palisade as one of the best alternatives to a minivan, especially if you’re looking for advanced safety. Separately, the U.S. News also recognizes the Palisade as its best three-row SUV of the year. 

“We named the Palisade a finalist for our 2020 Best 3-Row SUV for Families award because it has a solid combination of cargo and passenger space, safety and reliability ratings, positive reviews from automotive journalists, and available family-friendly features.”

U.S. News

The Palisade’s suite of standard safety features includes forward automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and lane-keep, and lane-centering assistance. Other helpful features here are rear occupant alert and driver attention monitoring. U.S. News also calls out the Palisade’s standard Smart Cruise Control, which is an adaptive cruise control feature with stop-and-go functionality. 

The Palisade’s long list of safety features has helped it earn numerous awards. It was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, the organization’s highest honor; the NHTSA gave it a five-star crash test safety rating. Additionally, MotorWeek gave the Palisade its 2020 Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Large Utility, and Autotrader named it as a Best New Car of 2020. 

More reasons to appreciate the Palisade on the inside 

2020 Hyundai Palisade interior
2020 Hyundai Palisade interior | Hyundai

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As U.S. News stated, the Palisade is a worthy alternative to a minivan because of its interior space. In its standard configuration, this SUV seats eight people; the upper-level trims seat seven. The Palisade has two sets of LATCH connectors on its second row, plus a tether anchor in the middle seat to secure child seats. On the third row, there’s one set of LATCH connectors and two tether anchors. And for a three-row SUV, the Palisade is above-average for cargo space, making family road trips a little easier. 

The Palisade’s infotainment gadgets also make family trips better. Palisades come standard with a user-friendly 8-inch touchscreen display, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Hyundai also offers an upgraded infotainment system on this SUV that can connect two phones at once. 

Can’t forget about performance 

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There is not much to complain about when it comes to the Palisade’s performance. All Palisades are equipped with a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine and a refined eight-speed automatic transmission. The Palisade also gets points for its “easy-to-drive” nature and smooth handling. Regarding fuel economy, the Palisade is average for the midsize SUV class; it gets a combined 22 mpg overall.