All-New 2020 Hyundai Palisade

The all-new 2020 Hyundai Palisade is the automaker’s new SUV flagship with great handling, ample power and comfort throughout including thoughtful amenities. Families will love the roominess and features designed just for them.

The United States saw its first Hyundai product in 1986 with the launch of the Excel, a no-frills coupe offered in three trim lines. That first stab at the American market proved successful as the vehicle garnered success in a mostly abandoned entry-level market proving affordability still to be a driving force for consumers.

Fast forward to 2019 where the South Korea-based auto manufacturing giant has grabbed a chunk of the domestic market with loyal customers thanks to quality, reliable vehicles spanning several segments as well Hyundai’s popular 10 year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty1. From then until now, the company has steadily progressed turning out increasingly attractive, innovative vehicles that folks can’t wait to drive. And, the latest addition is the Hyundai Palisade.

The 2020 all-new Hyundai Palisade is a mid-size crossover SUV that debuted at the November 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show replacing the 2019 Santa Fe XL as the flagship SUV as well as the largest Hyundai stateside to date. Offering competition to the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander, the Palisade has three rows of seating configured for seven or eight passengers depending on preference of a second-row bench or captain’s chairs. Add to that, striking good looks, innovative tech-savvy features throughout and power under the hood, and the Palisade is a successful attempt to introduce a sophisticated participant in the SUV vehicle segment.

Eye-Catching Design

Never judge a book by its cover, but what about an automobile? The Hyundai Palisade sports a strong profile with sweeping lines and wrap around glass, a bold cascading grille, crocodile eye design (note the deeply recessed LED headlights into the front fascia), rear lighting that harmonizes beautifully with the front, wide rear stance signaling stability and oversized 20-inch alloy wheels (available).

With an improved drive quality, auto-leveling rear suspension (available) , a powerful Atkinson-cycle 3.8-liter V6 dual CVVT, direct-injected engine and remote start (get that A/C on in a hurry!), driving the Palisade will prove adventurous every single time. Tow those toys to the lake with no problem enjoying the journey as much as the destination.

Slide Inside

Interior Hyundai Palisade
Comfortable luxury is what you get inside the all-new 2020 Hyundai Palisade. Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America.

And, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, have a peek inside. The interior has so many thoughtful amenities and attention to detail that it’s hard to know where to begin. Sliding into the driver’s seat, you’ll notice a clean dashboard, a pass-through console keeping cords out of the way, storage in the center console, quilted Nappa leather (available) and a lovely woodgrain trim surrounding the instruments.

Favorite features of the Palisade as noted by consumers include USB outlets on every row, One-Touch for the second-row seat allowing for easy access to the third-row, third-row power-folding/unfolding and reclining seats as well as a conversation mirror giving the driver a clear view of rear-seated passengers.

The audio and navigation touchscreen display is a little over 10 inches for clear vision in a widescreen format and Bluetooth® devices connect simultaneously for mobile conversations and audio streaming. And, if you’ve ever wished for more cupholders, Hyundai has answered your cry for help with a whopping 16 cupholders!

The Palisade also has available Heads-Up Display (HUD), a nod to aircraft technology, which projects a virtual image onto the windshield assisting drivers with information such as speed and speed limits, cruise control status, navigation and safety features (Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist) and audio data. Incorporating cutting-edge technology into the Palisade, there is a Driver Talk in-car intercom system with rear seat conversation and sleep modes.

Comfortable seating is a plus in any vehicle and with that in mind, Hyundai was careful to create more head and leg room in the Palisade—in fact, it’s more than other segment competitors. Folks will WANT to be the passenger enjoying a luxury, roomy interior with a full exposure of modern gizmos and gadgets.

Summing It All Up

Hyundai Palisade engine
A powerful 291-horsepower engine moves this Hyundai Palisade through traffic without a hitch. Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America. 

Built in Korea, but perfect for the curves and mountainous driving in the US, the Hyundai Palisade shows off strengths in its new role of flagship SUV. Iconic Hyundai features (that front fascia for starters) mixed with value-packed options and trim levels, a 291-horsepower engine, innovative technology throughout, safety features in abundance and captivating good looks make this a fabulous family choice for vacations, carpool or just heading to the ballpark.

Fuel economy for the Palisade varies between drive trains slightly offering 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the road (combined 22) for the front-wheel drive and 19 in the city and 24 on the road (combined 21) for the all-wheel drive. Not bad at all for a large vehicle with towing capabilities.

Pricing starts at $31,550 for the SE trim, $33,500 for the SEL and $44,700 for the Limited. Optional packaging is available and includes extras like convenience (rear seat occupant alert, third-row window shades and much more) and premium packages (leather, heated steering wheel, etc.) as well as sunroof add-on.

In the market for a new SUV? Driving is believing. Check out the Hyundai Palisade at dealerships now. Comfortable luxury never felt so good.

1 See Hyundai’s warranty information online at

For this review, the manufacturer provided the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, gas and insurance. All opinions are 100% uniquely my own.

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