The Hyundai Palisade is the bigger brother of the Hyundai Santa Fe. It is a three-row SUV with some serious chops against rivals such as the Chevy Traverse and Nissan Pathfinder. Autotrader has awarded the Hyundai Palisade the best SUV of 2020. So, let’s see what’s so great about it.
Why Is the Hyundai Palisade Award-Winning?
The Hyundai Palisade has a pretty fair price. It starts around $31k, while the Kia Sorento starts around $25k, and the Chevy Traverse starts around $29k. Even the Dodge Durango starts around $30k, so what makes the Hyundai Palisade worth paying a little extra for?
It’s not the fuel economy. The Hyundai Santa Fe only gets 19 mpg in the city and up to 26 mpg on the highway. But this is to be expected with a powerful three-row SUV. It’s on par with the Chevy Traverse and Nissan Pathfinder.
Hyundai Palisade Performance
The Hyundai Palisade comes with only one engine option, which is a 3.8-liter V6. It produces 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. This is powerful and provides savings because you don’t have to pay for an upgrade from a four-cylinder engine.
Also, the Hyundai Palisade is built for optimal towing. It can tow up to 5,000 lb, has a heavy-duty transmission cooler, and a trailer sway control. The optional all-wheel drive is also recommended, so you will be better equipped to drive in snow and other slippery conditions. Adding AWD only costs about $1k and includes a snow mode.
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If you want a fun and sporty ride, the Hyundai Palisade can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 7.1 seconds, making it pretty speedy. The MacPherson strut suspension with coil springs in the front and an independent multi-link suspension in the rear will also provide a smooth ride.
Hyundai Palisade Features
The Hyundai Palisade sports a luxurious interior with quilted Nappa leather seats. You can have seven seats with captain seats in the second row or eight seats. There is more than enough room for your entire family to enjoy. There is wireless charging for smartphones and USB ports in the second row so everyone can stay connected and charged.
Behind the third row of seats, you can access 18.3 cubic feet of cargo space. There is also access 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 2nd row of seats and up to 86.4 cubic feet of cargo space total. The seats fold down flat, making it easy to load up your Palisade with cargo.
The 10.25” infotainment center is smart with the ability to connect to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto. The 12.3” digital display cluster also displays crucial vehicle information behind the steering wheel.
As a 2020 IIHS top safety pick, the Hyundai Palisade comes with multiple standard safety features including, rear occupant alert, forward collision prevention, smart cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, driver attention warning, and more.
Plus, as a highly reliable option, the Hyundai Palisade comes with Hyundai complimentary maintenance. All factory standard maintenance will be covered by Hyundai for three years of ownership or the first 36k miles, depending on which comes first.