2020 Hyundai Palisade Nabs Highest IIHS Safety Rating

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The 2020 Hyundai Palisade isn’t the automaker’s first attempt at a three-row SUV, but it is the South Korean brand’s largest vehicle. Despite its large stature, the Palisade still meets Hyundai’s push to offer safe vehicles, as it becomes the seventh vehicle in the lineup to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest rating.

The 2020 Palisade is a Top Safety Pick+ vehicle from the IIHS. To earn the award, the SUV had to get a rating of Good in all six of the institute’s crash tests, have a front crash prevention system that earned at least an Advanced rating (the Palisade’s was found to be Superior), and have headlights that earned a rating of Good. The Palisade met all of these requirements, but only for specific trims.

SE and SEL trims come with halogen headlights as standard. The headlights on those trims were found to be Marginal, which is the second-worst score possible. The LED projector headlights that are available on the SEL with the optional Premium Package and standard on the range-topping Limited trim earned a rating of Good.

Prices start at $32,645 including destination for the Palisade. The cheapest way to get into a Palisade that meets the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ requirements will see you wind up paying $40,095 for the SEL trim with the Premium Package. The package is an extra $2,400 but also forces you to get the Convenience Package ($2,200), a power sunroof ($900), and captain’s chairs, which are a no-cost option. High-end Limited trims start at $45,795.

Hyundai Palisade

Interestingly, the Palisade has a better safety rating than the Kia Telluride, which are corporate cousins. The IIHS named the Telluride a Top Safety Pick, as the SUV missed out on the “+” designation because of its headlights. While the Palisade has optional headlights that earned a rating of Good, the LED headlights that are standard on the SX trim only earned a rating of Acceptable.

It’s a peculiar difference, as one would assume that Hyundai and Kia would share the same components for their vehicles. But that’s clearly not the case for the headlights. Seeing as how a Palisade SEL with the necessary options that earns a Top Safety Pick+ rating is $40,095 and a Telluride SX that’s just a Top Safety Pick is $42,585, Hyundai’s option is clearly the better choice as its safer and more affordable.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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