A cut-above styling. The Hyundai Palisade is often compared with the Kia Telluride as both models share the same platform. While the Telluride is sporty and boxy, the Palisade cuts a more elegant stance. Both models have elevated their respective brands remarkably. Indeed, the Palisade pushes mighty close to luxury territory.
We give the Palisade props for its elegant lines, conservative chrome embellishments, and lovely LED lighting. Only the front end is a bit of a mystery with its busy, even angry fascia. But at least the look is unique and it won’t easily be confused with anything else on the road.
Inside, the cabin is roomy, with space for seven or eight with the middle-row captain’s chairs. The layout is open, thanks in part to the push-button transmission which frees up some room. Clean and orderly on the lower trims give way to sophistication on the top trims. Quilted hides and real wood trim on the Calligraphy make this model a strong value proposition for under $50,000.
Middling power meets strong towing. Powering every 2022 Palisade is a 3.8-liter V6 engine. This workhorse is one of the older V6s in the Hyundai arsenal, eclipsed now by the modern 3.5-liter V6 found in certain applications. Indeed, its 291 horsepower is less than the 300 horsepower found in the Genesis GV70 with the smaller engine. Competing models such as the Toyota Highlander (295 horsepower) and the Chevrolet Traverse (310 horsepower), deliver better performance with less. But as it is common to this segment, the Hyundai sends power to the wheels utilizing an 8-speed automatic transmission. Expect no better than a combined 22 mpg fuel economy (21 mpg with all-wheel drive).
Drivers have the option to use paddle-shift control and choose any one of five mode selections: smart, snow, sport, eco, and comfort. The Palisade’s strength is in its midrange punch. We appreciate the 5,000-pound towing capacity paired with load-leveling rear suspension. Overall, the Palisade supplies a composed ride and well-mannered drivability on twisty roads.
Premium features galore. The Hyundai Palisade scores big in the features department. It's a Hyundai staple to deliver vehicles with extra standard features for a reasonable cost. The Palisade delivers and combines this value with a great warranty.
Every trim comes standard with front-wheel drive, or it's available with all-wheel drive, the latter a $1,700 upgrade. The base model seats eight and comes with cloth upholstery. Hyundai outfits the standard model with LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, an 8-inch touch-screen display, and wireless smartphone compatibility.
Move up through the trim range and second-row captain’s chairs replace the bench seat. Features such as 20-inch alloy wheels, a power tailgate, leather upholstery, and a dual-pane sunroof are available. Parking sensors and a 10.3-inch touchscreen display with navigation are also on the upgraded roster. Choose the Calligraphy model and you may insist that the Palisade is a luxury model with its Nappa leather seats. Heated and cooled first- and second-row seats, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, surround-view camera, and a head-up display round out the features list.
Stellar safety features. The Palisade snagged a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also achieved a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those are the highest scores possible.
Along with the stellar safety ratings, Hyundai packs the Palisade with ample standard safety equipment. These features include blind-spot monitoring, active lane control, automatic emergency, and rear parking sensors. Most trims also offer front parking sensors along with a surround-view camera system, head-up display, and blind-spot camera system.
Final thoughts. Competition is fierce in the midsize, three-row crossover utility vehicle segment. It’s slightly weaker than average performance numbers and below-average efficiency keeps it from winning the segment, but not by much. The Hyundai Palisade does not just hold its own, but it raises the bar in elegance and value.
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