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2020 Hyundai Palisade Review

The all-new 2020 Hyundai Palisade makes a splash near the top of our competitive midsize SUV rankings. It has an abundance of cool technology, plenty of seating space, and a comfortable ride. Additionally, the Palisade's safety and predicted reliability ratings are above average for the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Long list of standard, high-tech safety features
  • Upscale interior styling and options
  • Sleek ride
  • Three rows of comfortable seats
  • Some rivals have quicker acceleration




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.8
Safety: 10.0
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Is the Hyundai Palisade a Good SUV?

Yes, the Palisade is a good midsize SUV. It has seating for up to eight people with lots of legroom in each row. There’s tons of cupholders and USB ports to appease everyone on board, as well as ample cargo space for your whole crew. We named the Palisade a finalist for our 2020 Best 3-Row SUV for Families award because it has a solid combination of cargo and passenger space, safety and reliability ratings, positive reviews from automotive journalists, and available family-friendly features. All models have an elegant interior, and a balanced, plush ride keeps passengers comfortable. The Palisade's standard V6 engine moves this big Hyundai SUV with ease.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Palisade?

Anybody looking for a well-rounded three-row SUV should check out the Palisade. Its base price is about average for the class, and you get a lot for the money, including a long list of standard features. Techies will appreciate the user-friendly infotainment system, and the larger optional screen is sure to wow. Standard safety technology includes forward automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian monitoring.

However, Hyundai's brand-new flagship SUV goes up against some stiff competition that's also worth your consideration, including the Honda Pilot and the Ford Explorer, as well as the Palisade's corporate cousin, the Kia Telluride.   

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Should I Buy a New or Used Hyundai Palisade?

As this is an all-new vehicle for the 2020 model year, used models are not yet available. One option for used-car shoppers is to consider one of Hyundai's other midsize SUVs, the two-row Santa Fe or the three-row Santa Fe XL.

Compare the Palisade and the Santa Fe »

We Did the Research for You: 20 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Hyundai Palisade in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 20 professional Hyundai Palisade reviews.

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How Much Does the Hyundai Palisade Cost?

Prices for the Hyundai Palisade start at $31,775, which is a little above average for the class. Models with all-wheel drive start at $33,475. The top-of-the-line Palisade Limited will set you back around $45,000.

See our Which Hyundai Palisade Model Is Right for Me? section below for full details on pricing, trim levels, standard features, and options.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Hyundai dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Hyundai deals page.

Hyundai Palisade Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Hyundai Palisade or Kia Telluride?

Like the Palisade, the Kia Telluride is an all-new midsize SUV. These are both products of Hyundai Motor Company, so there are a lot of similarities. And since they both rank near the top of the class, it's worth parsing out the details. You'll find the same powertrain and lengthy new-car warranty, as well as similar lists of safety technology and infotainment features. However, the Palisade has things you can't get in the Kia, such as power-folding third-row seats and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The Telluride has a slightly higher predicted reliability rating, a more upscale cabin, and a little more cargo space. For these reasons, the Kia is the slightly better SUV in this comparison. Also, the Telluride beat out the Palisade for our 2020 Best 3-Row SUV for Families award.

Which Is Better: Hyundai Palisade or Honda Pilot?

The Honda Pilot is one of the roomiest midsize SUVs available, but it’s not quite as good as the Palisade. The Pilot's cabin design feels a little outdated compared to that of the Hyundai, and the base model is short on infotainment features for the class. The Palisade also has a much longer list of available driver assistance features. In addition, the Hyundai has the edge when it comes to safety and predicted reliability ratings.

Which Is Better: Hyundai Palisade or Ford Explorer?

The Ford Explorer is newly redesigned for 2020, but it sits lower in our rankings than the Palisade. The Explorer has some standout offerings, including its 400-horsepower ST trim and the fuel-sipping Explorer Hybrid. However, this Ford's other strengths, including a huge cargo hold and long list of standard features, are matched by the Palisade. Plus, the Hyundai has a richer cabin design and user-friendly technology.

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Palisade Interior

How Many People Does the Palisade Seat?

The Palisade can seat seven or eight people. Depending on the trim, the second row comes with a bench seat or a set of captain's chairs. If you need a three-row SUV that actually offers three sets of usable seats, this is an excellent pick. The first two rows are very spacious for the midsize SUV class.

The rear isn't as cavernous as a minivan, but teens and adults won't have a problem accessing the third-row seats thanks in part to standard one-touch power access. And they'll be comfortable sitting back there, at least for short trips.

All rear seats have air vents, and plenty of luxurylike options are available, including second-row climate control, heated and ventilated rear seats, and power-folding third-row seats.

Palisade and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the Palisade’s second-row outboard seats, as well as an upper tether on the middle seat. The third row has one full set of LATCH connectors and two tether anchors.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Palisade's LATCH system the second highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. All of the tether anchors are easy to find. However, the lower anchors for the second row seats are set deep in the cushions, and the third-row lower anchors don't have a lot of room around them to move your hands.

Palisade Interior Quality

The Hyundai Palisade interior has elegant styling and soft-touch materials that rival some premium brands. The fit and finish is high quality, and there are a number of clever touches, such as cup holders that recess at the touch of a button to expand the center console storage area.

Palisade Cargo Space

The Palisade has lots of room. It boasts 18 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 45.8 cubic feet behind the second row, and up to 86.4 cubic feet with all rear seats folded down. That's more room than you'll get in the Mazda CX-9 or Toyota Highlander. There’s an extra storage compartment underneath the cargo floor, and a hands-free liftgate is available.

Palisade Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The contemporary styling of the Hyundai Palisade's interior complements its assortment of modern technology. The 8- and 10.25-inch touch screens are user-friendly and have crisp displays. Every model comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and USB ports are plentiful throughout the cabin.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

On upper trims, the infotainment system can connect to two phones at the same time, so you can make calls from one while controlling the audio system with the other. Additional clever options include an in-car intercom, a real-time display of the car's blind spots that’s activated by the turn signals, and a standard Quiet mode that mutes speakers for rear-seat passengers. A few reviewers say that some infotainment controls and the gear selector are a bit unintuitive and difficult to use.

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Palisade Performance

Palisade Engine: Few Complaints

The Palisade comes with a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine that's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain is polished and responsive, moving this large vehicle with relative ease. However, acceleration isn’t as swift as in some rivals.

The standard paddle shifters and the ability to switch into Sport mode can provide some thrills. In place of a gearshift knob is a series of buttons. Some professional reviewers love this space-saving feature, while others prefer a traditional shifter.

Palisade Gas Mileage: Typical

The front-wheel-drive Palisade gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is about average for a midsize SUV. Going with an all-wheel-drive version instead adds about $100 a year to the driver's average fuel costs.

Palisade Ride and Handling: Reassuring and Comfortable

The Palisade’s handling and driving dynamics are closer to those of a smaller crossover SUV. It has a comfortable ride, steering that takes little effort, and minimal body roll on curvy roads. Similar to its powertrain, this SUV's handling isn't very exciting, but then few vehicles this size are genuinely sporty. Across the lineup, front-wheel drive is standard, and Hyundai's HTRAC all-wheel-drive system is available.

Palisade Towing Capacity

A properly equipped Palisade can tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is typical for this class.

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Palisade Reliability

Is the Hyundai Palisade Reliable?

The 2020 Palisade has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Hyundai Palisade Warranty

This SUV comes with a five-year/60,000-mile warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Hyundai Palisade?

The cost of insuring a Hyundai Palisade will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Palisade Safety

Palisade Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2020 Hyundai Palisade a Top Safety Pick+, which is the highest designation given by the organization. The Palisade received the top score of Good in all six crash tests. Additionally, the SUV earned the highest rating of Superior for the effectiveness of its standard forward collision prevention features.

The Palisade's standard headlights received the second-lowest rating of Marginal for how well they illuminate the road ahead. Optional upgraded headlights earned the highest score of Good.

Palisade Safety Features

Standard safety features in the Palisade include forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, a rear occupant alert, lane keep assist, lane centering assist, driver attention monitoring, Smart Cruise Control (adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability), a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

The mid and upper trims are available with safety features not often seen outside of luxury brands. This includes Highway Drive Assist, a semiautonomous mode that combines lane centering with adaptive cruise control. The optional rear occupant alert, dubbed Safe Exit, uses motion sensors to detect if kids or pets have accidentally been left behind. Activate a turn signal, and the available Blind View Monitor camera shows what may be on that side of the car via a screen in the gauge cluster.

Additional available safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, front parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a surround-view parking camera, and a head-up display.

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Palisade Dimensions and Weight

The Palisade is 16.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,127 to 4,387 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Hyundai Palisade Built?

Hyundai builds the 2020 Palisade in South Korea.

Which Hyundai Palisade Model Is Right for Me?

The Palisade comes in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and Limited. Every model comes with a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine and an automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and the HTRAC all-wheel-drive system is available for $1,700.

The base SE is a good choice for shoppers who want to maximize practicality and minimize cost. For those who can afford a little more, we recommend the midlevel SEL. Moving up to this trim adds about $2,000 to your Hyundai Palisade price tag and adds cabin comforts such as heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. It also comes with advanced safety features that are helpful for a vehicle this size.

Tap into one of the SEL's available packages for upgrades such as leather upholstery, power-folding third-row seats, and navigation.

Hyundai Palisade SE

The base trim starts at $31,775 and comes with eight seats, cloth upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Standard technology includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, three first-row USB ports, two second-row USB ports, and Bluetooth.

Every trim comes with forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, a rear occupant alert, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane centering assist, driver attention monitoring, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

Hyundai Palisade SEL

The SEL trim starts at $33,725 and comes standard with second-row captain's chairs for a total of seven seats. A second-row bench seat that increases seating to eight is available at no cost. Additional standard features include heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with two-way lumbar adjustments.

Also standard are blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, the Safe Exit assist system (monitors rear traffic before passengers exit the vehicle), and automatic high-beam headlights.

A few packages are available in the SEL. The Convenience package costs $2,200 and adds wireless device charging, third-row USB outlets, a household-style power outlet, rear side-window sunshades, 20-inch alloy wheels, an auto-leveling rear suspension, a hands-free liftgate, front parking sensors, and an ultrasonic rear occupant alert.

For $2,400, the Premium package adds leather seats, upgraded interior materials, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, driver's seat memory settings, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and power-folding third-row seats.

The Driver Guidance package, which costs $1,250, is a tech-focused bundle that includes navigation, a 10.25-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, the Driver Talk in-car intercom, and Highway Drive Assist (a semiautonomous mode that combines lane centering with adaptive cruise control).

Hyundai Palisade Limited

The range-topping Limited starts at $44,925 and builds off the SEL trim. It includes the Convenience, Premium, and Driver Guidance packages. This seven-seat SUV comes only with second-row captain's chairs. It has ventilated front and rear seats, and the driver's seat gets additional adjustments for lumbar support and leg cushion extensions.

The Limited also comes standard with a few goodies that aren't available in lower trims. These include a dual-pane sunroof, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, puddle lights, ambient lighting, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a surround-view parking camera, a head-up display, and a blind spot camera.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Hyundai dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Hyundai deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a formidable midsize SUV thanks to its welcoming cabin, ample cargo volume, easy-to-use technology, and great safety score. If any of those attributes are important to you, this vehicle deserves a spot on your shopping list.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "For the midsize SUV shopper, there's quite honestly nothing I don't like about the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, especially when price is factored in. Yes, there's a tremendous amount of value here, but price shouldn't be the key selling point – the Palisade would be a top-tier competitor even at a higher MSRP." -- Autoweek
  • "When Hyundai asked owners of its current three-row crossover, the Santa Fe XL, what attributes could be improved, two of the most common answers were more space and a nicer interior more befitting its elevated price. Sure enough, that vehicle's replacement, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, provides exactly that. Actually, Hyundai went above and beyond in those areas. The Palisade makes a splash by being one of the most spacious and luxurious cabins in the increasingly populated three-row SUV segment, and we think it's a must-drive. Not just because of that cabin, mind you, but also because it's very well-rounded with generous feature content, a fair price, a lengthy warranty and a generally agreeable driving experience free of overt flaws." -- Autoblog
  • "I came away from my six or so hours behind the wheel of the Palisade quite enamored with it. Everything about the design and technology feels intentional. It's loaded with features and a pretty good driving experience to boot." --
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