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2021 Hyundai Palisade Review

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade ranks near the top of the midsize SUV class because of its spacious and high-end interior, potent V6 engine, poised handling, and above-average predicted reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Refined ride and handling
  • Spacious, quality interior
  • Comfortable seats
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Many standard safety features
  • Mediocre fuel economy

Rankings & Research

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade's #3 ranking is based on its score within the Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Hyundai Palisade has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 16 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.7
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.8 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD
Reliability:
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Is the Hyundai Palisade a Good SUV?

Yes, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade is an excellent three-row SUV. The Palisade boasts a luxurious interior with a large cargo hold and roomy seating for up to eight passengers. It’s an enjoyable SUV to drive thanks to its surefooted handling and well-cushioned ride quality, and it packs a stout V6 engine with ample power. Better still, the Palisade is loaded with standard tech and safety features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and forward collision warning, and it’s backed by Hyundai’s lengthy 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Why You Can Trust Us: 16 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 16 Hyundai Palisade reviews, as well as data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

This 2021 Palisade review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2020.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we never accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an outside firm manages the ads on our site.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Palisade?

Sure, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade deserves consideration if you’re shopping for a midsize SUV. It offers a lot of refinement and practicality at a price that’s hard to beat. The Palisade starts at just $32,525. That said, there are a number of great three-row SUVs in this class, so you may also want to check out rivals like the Mazda CX-9, Volkswagen Atlas, and Chevrolet Traverse.

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2020 vs. 2021 Hyundai Palisade: What's the Difference?

Hyundai launched the Palisade in 2020 as an all-new SUV. There’s one main difference between the 2020 Palisade and 2021 models. For 2021, Hyundai added a luxurious Calligraphy trim level with unique exterior accents, 20-inch wheels, and quilted leather door panels.

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How Much Does the Hyundai Palisade Cost?

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade has a $32,525 starting price, which is about average for the midsize SUV class. The Palisade’s highest trim level tops out at $47,750.

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Hyundai Palisade Versus the Competition

Hyundai Palisade vs. Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride is the corporate cousin of the Hyundai Palisade. It shares the Palisade’s V6 powertrain and many of its chassis components, as well as its overall dimensions, tech and safety features, and price point. These SUVs aren’t identical twins though. The Telluride has vastly different styling inside and out. You could say it’s sleek compared to the stately Palisade.

The Telluride is also built in Georgia, whereas the Palisade is manufactured in South Korea. The Kia lacks a few luxuries that the Hyundai offers, like a digital gauge cluster and a power-folding third row. Ultimately, both of these SUVs are great options. Choosing between them is a matter of personal preference.

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Hyundai Palisade vs. Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a two-row midsize SUV that sits right below the Palisade in Hyundai’s SUV lineup. Both vehicles are similarly styled, well-trimmed, comfortable to drive, and offered with many of the same features, but that’s where the similarities end. The Santa Fe is about 8 inches shorter than the Palisade in length, which translates to 15 fewer cubic feet of cargo space.

The Santa Fe’s isn’t rated to tow as much as the Palisade either. On the other hand, its four-cylinder engine lineup does help it yield better fuel economy. One of the most important differences is pricing. The Santa Fe starts at just $26,275, which is $6,250 less than the Palisade. If you only need five seats, the Santa Fe may be the better option.

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Palisade Interior: Subtle Luxury

Palisade Cargo Space

The Hyundai Palisade has 18 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, 45.8 cubic feet with these seats folded, and 86.4 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. That’s above-average cargo space for a midsize SUV, though it’s not quite as vast as what rivals like the Chevrolet Traverse and Volkswagen Atlas offer.

How Many People Does the Palisade Seat?

The Hyundai Palisade is a three-row SUV with eight seats. A seven-seat layout is available, and it trades the second-row bench seat for a pair of captain’s chairs. The first- and second-row seats are supportive and nicely cushioned, and there’s generous head- and legroom, even for taller occupants.

The driving position is comfortable as well, and outward visibility is great to the front and sides of the SUV. The third row can seat two adults comfortably, at least on shorter outings, though the seat cushions aren’t as plush as those up front. There’s plenty of space for kids in this row.

Cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats are standard. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated seats, and a power-folding third row are available.

Palisade and Child Car Seats

The Hyundai Palisade has three complete sets of LATCH connectors, two for the second-row outboard seats and one for the third-row driver’s side seat. There’s also a tether anchor for the third-row middle seat.

Palisade Interior Quality

The Hyundai Palisade may not be a luxury SUV by name, but it could easily pass for one. The interior is graceful and cleanly styled with elements reminiscent of modern Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Many surfaces are wrapped in soft-touch plastics and, in higher trim levels, supple leather upholstery. There isn’t much wind or road noise either. It’s enough to make competitors like the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer feel downright cheap.

Palisade Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Hyundai Palisade comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen; a 10.2-inch touch screen is available. Both displays have a simple menu structure, respond promptly to inputs, and are within easy reach. There are a number of physical buttons and knobs for the main audio and climate controls as well, so you don’t have to rely on the touch screen for every function.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, allowing users to integrate their iPhone and Android apps on the screen. Gripes are few and far between, but some critics find that the silver dashboard buttons are hard to read in direct sunlight.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and five USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: a 10.2-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, two additional USB ports, wireless device charging, and an intercom
  • Additional standard features: remote keyless entry
  • Other available features: a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, ambient interior lighting, and a hands-free power liftgate

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Palisade Performance: Easy Peasy

Palisade Engine

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade is equipped with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available. This powertrain is a good fit for the Palisade. The engine hauls the Palisade up to speed briskly, and it offers ample power for climbing hills and passing other vehicles on the highway. Throttle response is quick, and the transmission executes smooth yet prompt gear changes. The engine sounds pretty refined under hard acceleration as well.

Palisade Gas Mileage

The Hyundai Palisade gets an EPA-rated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is about average for a midsize SUV. Upgrading to all-wheel drive lowers the highway rating by 2 mpg.

Palisade Ride and Handling

The Hyundai Palisade has enjoyable driving dynamics. The suspension does an excellent job of sopping up bumps and dips in the road, resulting in a smooth and comfortable ride. The steering is quick and responsive, and the Palisade remains stable around turns with minimal body lean. Also, the brakes provide sufficient stopping power.

Palisade Off-Road Performance

The Hyundai Palisade is not an off-roader. It isn’t available with low-range gearing, and it offers just 7.9 inches of ground clearance. That said, the Palisade’s all-wheel-drive system is more than capable of whisking the SUV along snow-covered streets and down gravel roads without issue.

Palisade Towing Capacity

The Hyundai Palisade can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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Palisade Reliability

Is the Hyundai Palisade Reliable?

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

Hyundai Palisade Warranty

Hyundai covers the Palisade with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty.

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Palisade Safety

Palisade Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Hyundai Palisade an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The Palisade earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

At the time of writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2021 Palisade.

Palisade Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rear-seat alert (helps to prevent kids and pets from being left inside the car)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Front parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Head-up display

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Palisade Dimensions and Weight

The Palisade is 16.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,127 to 4,387 pounds.

Where Is the 2021 Hyundai Palisade Built?

Hyundai builds the 2021 Palisade in South Korea.

Which Hyundai Palisade Model Is Right for Me?

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade comes in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited, and Calligraphy. Each trim is outfitted with the same V6 engine and automatic transmission, so your decision will be based on feature availability instead of performance. The entry-level Palisade SE is packed with standard tech and safety features, but it doesn’t have amenities like heated seats or automatic climate control. If that’s important to you, consider upgrading to the SEL model at the least.

Hyundai Palisade SE

The base Palisade SE has a $32,525 starting price, and it’s equipped with a 291-horsepower V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available for $1,700. Standard features include an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, five USB ports, HD Radio, cloth upholstery, a manually adjustable driver’s seat, second- and third-row bench seats (eight-seat layout), and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, LED headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, driver drowsiness monitoring, and a rear-seat alert.

Hyundai Palisade SEL

The Palisade SEL trim starts at $35,175 for front-wheel-drive models and $36,875 for all-wheel-drive models. This trim adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, second-row captain’s chairs (seven-seat layout), and a sunroof. Upgrading to the eight-seat layout is a no-cost option.

Two option packages are available. The $2,400 Convenience package adds front parking sensors, a hands-free power liftgate, 20-inch wheels, a self-leveling rear suspension, two additional USB ports, wireless device charging, and rear sunshades. The $3,100 Premium package adds a 10.2-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, an intercom, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated second-row seats, and power-folding third-row seats.

Hyundai Palisade Limited

The Palisade Limited trim starts at $45,125 for front-wheel-drive models and $46,825 for all-wheel-drive models. This trim gains the contents of the Convenience and Premium packages, in addition to a surround-view parking camera system, a head-up display, ventilated first- and second-row seats, ambient interior lighting, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, and a panoramic sunroof.

Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

The Palisade Calligraphy trim costs $47,750, and it comes with all-wheel drive. It adds a unique grille and bumpers, trim-exclusive 20-inch wheels, and quilted leather door panels.

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The Final Call

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade is one of those rare vehicles with no obvious flaws. The Palisade is stylish and well-trimmed, comfortable to drive, packed with safety and convenience features, and perfectly suited for shuttling passengers and cargo. Yet it still costs about the same as its midsize SUV rivals. While it may be a relative newcomer in this class, the Palisade is already on par with the best of the best.

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

  • "With a welcoming interior, lavish feature list, pleasant road manners, top safety scores, an unsurpassed powertrain warranty, and keen pricing, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade deserves serious consideration by SUV shoppers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2020)
  • "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." -- Cars.com (2020)
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