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2020 Hyundai Palisade

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3.6 (Good)

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2020 SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $31,975
2020 SE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,675
2020 SEL 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,925
2020 SEL 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,625
2020 Limited 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $45,125
2020 Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $46,825


What's New

Hyundai’s been lacking a mid-size, three-row crossover for years, but that changes with the all-new 2020 Hyundai Palisade. The Palisade becomes the largest vehicle to wear a Hyundai badge, with seating for eight and a comfortable and spacious interior. While the Palisade’s three-row layout is its main selling point, it's also packed with comfort and technology features that help it stand out from the crowded field.

Choosing Your Hyundai Palisade

Hyundai offers the Palisade in three trims: SE, SEL, and Limited. Prices range from $32,645 including destination for the SE to $45,795 for the Limited.

Engine Choices

All Palisades are powered by a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is an additional $1,700 across the range. Choosing all-wheel drive brings four drive modes to choose from: Normal, Sport, Smart, and Snow.

The Palisade achieves an EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 combined with FWD, or 19/24/21 mpg (city/highway/combined) with AWD.

Passenger & Cargo Capacity

The Palisade seats up to eight; the SE is only available with an eight-passenger layout, the SEL comes standard with second-row captain's chairs and a seven-passenger capacity, but the eight-passenger layout is still available, while the Limited is only available with the seven-passenger setup.

The Palisade also has an excellent cargo capacity, offering 18.0 cubic feet behind the third row, 45.8 behind the second row, and a total of 86.4 cubic feet. These figures put the Palisade toward the front of the competition.

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Safety Features

All Palisades get adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, rear parking sensors, and a rear seat reminder system. The SEL trim and above are additionally equipped with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a safe exit assist system, while the Limited gets a more advanced adaptive cruise control system and front parking sensors.

Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA have tested the Palisade yet, but the automaker is expecting a Top Safety Pick Plus designation and a five-star overall safety rating.


All Palisades come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. An 8-inch color touchscreen is standard on the SE and SEL trims, while a 10.25-inch touchscreen complete with navigation is standard on the Limited and optional on the SEL. There are three USB ports in the first row, and two more in the second; two third-row USB ports are standard on the Limited and optional on the SEL.

The range-topping Limited reaches luxury heights with a 12.3-inch driver information display, a head-up display, wireless device charging, a surround-view monitor, an in-car intercom system, the ability to connect two devices simultaneously through Bluetooth, and Hyundai's Blue Link Connected Car System.

Blue Link brings remote start with climate control, remote lock and unlock, on-demand diagnostics and alerts, a remote car finder, and the ability to send destinations from your smartphone to your car.

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SE - From $32,645

The SE may be the most affordable Palisade, but it’s well equipped when it comes to safety and technology features.

The outside gets exterior exterior mirrors and automatic headlights, as well as LED daytime running lights. The inside is limited to cloth seating and the eight-passenger layout.

However, families will appreciate features like the one-touch second-row seat slide function to easily access the third row and the nifty underfloor storage compartment. The second-row is power folding, but the third row is not.

SEL - From $34,595

We expect more buyers will begin their consideration with the SEL, as it's equipped with more standard convenience features and opens the door to most of the available equipment. Not to mention, it's the only trim that's available with either the seven- or eight-passenger layout.

The SEL gets roof rails for buyers to put to use, as well as aesthetic touches like satin chrome on the grille and door handles. From a convenience standpoint, the trim brings proximity key entry with push button start, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver's seat, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Buyers can reach Limited-trim-levels of luxury without the Limited price tag with the Premium Package that adds leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a power-folding third row, and more for $2,400. However, ticking the box for this package requires both the optional sunroof ($900) and the Convenience Package ($2,200).

Limited - From $45,795

The Limited trim comes with more high-end features that match its price tag, making it the trim for those looking for a luxurious family cruiser.

Buyers are treated to standard equipment that includes a dual panel sunroof, leather seating surfaces, ventilated front and rear seats, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

In addition to the aforementioned long list of technology upgrades, convenience is enhanced with a hands-free liftgate, a power-folding third row, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and LED headlights and taillights.

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CarsDirect Tip

If seating eight is a must in a 2020 Hyundai Palisade, only the SE and SEL trims will do. With more standard and available comfort features, the SEL is the sweet spot that allows you to better cater the vehicle to your specific needs.

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Expert Review

  • Good value
  • Class-above interior
  • Smooth ride
  • Pricey top trim
  • Middling fuel economy
  • Menu-dense infotainment system
Expert Rating
3.6 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Spacious and comfortable. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade invites you to step in, get comfortable, and stay as long as you want. Front to back, door to door, and roof to floor, fit and finish is excellent.

The interior is awash in soft fabrics or leathers, and trim materials range from embossed metal to wood grain. It delivers a look and feel to rival luxury brands on top trims.

The dashboard is covered in a soft, leather-like material and features an all-new LCD instrument cluster, and an expansive 8- or 10.25-inch touchscreen that dominates the central portion.

The various switches and controls are silky smooth to operate, intuitive, and logically arranged. The shift-by-wire system not only frees up space for storage beneath the center console, it automatically shifts itself into park if the engine is off and the driver opens the door, helping to prevent roll-away accidents.

The front seats offer plenty of support with firm bolsters and a wide range of adjustability in all models for all-day driving comfort. SE trims offer seating for eight with a middle bench. SEL buyers are given a choice of that configuration or middle row captain's chairs, reducing the headcount by one, while the top Limited trim is only offered with captain's chairs.

All three rows feature head, shoulder, and leg room on par with both the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer. Cargo volume is also class-competitive, with 18 cubic feet behind the third row, rising to 45.8 with that row stowed, and expanding to 86.4 cubic feet with second row also folded flat. This places the Palisade squarely between the Pilot (83.8 cubic feet) and Explorer (87.8 cubic feet).

Despite the svelte looks and rich content, the largest infotainment screen with navigation is cluttered when divided into three sections, while the software, although intuitive in some respects, requires some study for users to become proficient.

Handsome design. Stately and elegant, the Palisade announces its substantial presence with a bold interpretation of Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille. It's bracketed by vertically-stacked headlights and upper LED lighting elements in what Hyundai terms a "Crocodile-Eye" light signature.

Along its flanks, chrome trim follows the A-line, dipping toward the rear wheel behind the C-pillar instead of following the beltline in the traditional manner, accentuating the long roof. In back, vertical "C"-shaped elements that mirror those in front frame the taillights.

Topping things off, flush surfacing, a treatment normally seen in luxury sedans, lends a delicate touch to the crossover’s massiveness, giving the Palisade an upscale look.

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Laden with features and safety tech. The Hyundai value proposition starts with a five-year, 60,000-mile limited warranty plus a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

The base Palisade SE embellishes that coverage with LED signature and daytime running lights, an acoustic windshield and front side glass, keyless entry, an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, a slick one-touch second row seat slide for easy third row access, and Quiet Mode, which mutes the rear speakers so rear seat passengers (read: kids) can rest.

The SEL adds to that list with roof rails, heated front seats, push button start, remote start, and the choice of either second row bench or captain's chairs. Such niceties as navigation, leather seats, Bi-LED headlights, a heated second row, a power folding/reclining third row, and a sunroof are available.

To a fully-optioned SEL, the pricey-for-a-Hyundai Limited, which starts at $45,795, adds a dual sunroof, Nappa leather seating, ventilated rear seats, a head-up display, a surround-view monitor, and more.

Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist. SEL models also receive blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, while the Limited adds a more advanced adaptive cruise control system.

Cushy ride, respectable performance. For family haulers, the ability to carve corners is easily trumped by a smooth, soft ride. This is an attribute that the Palisade offers in spades.

A rigid chassis means more compliance can be engineered into the suspension so that everything from minor road irregularities and potholes to railroad track crossings are easily absorbed and isolated from passengers. Even the larger 20-inch tires found on the Limited are forgiving.

The liberal use of insulation, a floor panel designed with anti-vibration pads, sound-deadening carpets, and an acoustically-laminated windshield are added bonuses that contribute to an extremely quiet interior, even at highway speeds.

Despite a curb weight in excess of two tons, step-off is brisk, and there’s plenty of power for merging and passing at freeway velocities. In addition, the transmission shifts smoothly, and feedback through the brake pedal is also better than average, with a nice initial bite to the pads.

Versatility is also present and accounted for, with trailer pre-wiring, a heavy-duty transmission oil cooler, a trailer sway control system that automatically engages when towing, a standard 5,000-pound towing capacity, and an auto-leveling rear suspension (optional on the SEL and standard on the Limited).

The single engine offering is a 3.8-liter V6 with 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque mated to a slick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. Front-wheel drive is standard, and Hyundai's six-mode (Eco, Comfort, Sport, Smart, Snow, AWD Lock) all-wheel-drive system is optional.

At the same time, the Palisade exhibits a fair amount of body lean in corners even on models equipped with the self-leveling rear suspension, while steering is fairly numb without much feedback to the driver.

In addition, despite the widespread use of lightweight, high-strength steel, the Palisade only scores a mid-pack EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 combined. This is thanks in part to a curb weight that ranges from 4,127 to 4,387 pounds.

Final thoughts. Hyundai continues to fill out its crossover lineup with yet another value-packed model. It's a top pick in the large crossover class thanks to its slick looks, cushy ride, spacious interior, and standard and available features. However, it is held back by a thirsty nature, pricey top trim, and menu-dense infotainment system.

As for the competition, the Explorer and Pilot offer more third row leg, head, and shoulder room, while both of the Explorer's two engine offerings – a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.0-liter V6 – generate more horsepower and torque.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.8L V-6 / 291 HP / 262 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.8L V-6 / 291 HP / 262 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
86.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
155 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
196.1 "
Exterior Width
77.8 "
Exterior Height
68.9 "
Front Headroom
40.7 "
Rear Headroom
40.1 "
Front Legroom
44.1 "
Rear Legroom
42.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
61.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
60.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,127 Lbs.
Wheel Base
114 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (fca) W/pedestrian/cyclist Detection Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist (lka) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Follow Assist (lfa) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (fca) W/pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Warning (daw) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Assist Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
12 Months / Unlimited Miles

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