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8.4

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.8
Safety: 10.0
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2020 Hyundai Palisade Review

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a great choice for households in search of a three-row SUV with a comfortable ride, cool technology, and lots of cargo space. It debuts near the top of our midsize SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Long list of standard, high-tech safety features
  • Upscale interior styling and options
  • Sleek ride
  • Three rows of comfortable seats
  • So-so handling and acceleration

Is the Hyundai Palisade a Good SUV?

Yes, the Palisade is a good SUV. Like the Mary Poppins of midsize SUVs, it's practically perfect in every way. And just like Poppins' carpet bag, this Hyundai houses some unexpected treats. It has a lengthy list of clever, convenient tech features, and its expansive interior has three generous rows with plenty of cup holders and USB ports to appease everyone on board. A sizable cargo area lies behind these seats.

Lots of advanced safety features come standard, including forward automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian monitoring.

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 ultrasonic rear occupant alert uses motion sensors to detect if kids or pets have accidentally been left behind. Activate a turn signal, and the available blind spot camera shows what may be lurking behind the vehicle in the driver's display.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Palisade?

The Palisade is a well-rounded vehicle that should be on the shopping list of anybody looking for a three-row SUV. It's up against some stiff competition, however. Worthy rivals include the Honda Pilot, the Subaru Ascent, and the Kia Telluride.

Compare the Palisade, Pilot, and Ascent »

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: 11 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 11 professional Hyundai Palisade reviews.

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How Much Does the Hyundai Palisade Cost?

Prices for the Hyundai Palisade start at $31,550. Models with all-wheel drive start at $33,250.

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

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Hyundai Palisade Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Hyundai Palisade or Ford Explorer?

The Ford Explorer, which has been around for a few decades, received a redesign for 2020. This midsize SUV is a decent choice if you need a lot of room behind the third row, want a meaty 400-horsepower vehicle, or just like the idea of owning a fuel-sipping Explorer Hybrid. Otherwise, the Explorer pales in comparison to the Palisade, which has a premium interior, a roomy third row, and cutting-edge tech options.

Which Is Better: Hyundai Palisade or Kia Telluride?

Since they’re corporate cousins, it's no surprise that you'll find the same powertrain, identical new-car warranties, and similar technology in both the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade. The Telluride has a slightly higher predicted reliability rating, a more upscale cabin, and a tad more cargo space. But 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 is the slightly better SUV.

Compare the Palisade, Explorer, and Telluride »

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.

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. The all-wheel-drive model will add 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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Palisade Safety

Palisade Crash Test Results

At the time of writing, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Hyundai Palisade.

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 optional Highway Drive Assist is a semiautonomous mode that combines lane centering with adaptive cruise control. The optional Safe Exit assist system monitors rear traffic before passengers exit the vehicle.

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

Read more about safety »

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 $31,550 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 $33,500 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 $44,700 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

If ample space, a sizable cargo area, convenient technology, or lots of safety features are important to you, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade deserves a spot near the top of your midsize SUV shopping list. While the Palisade's performance may be middle of the road, this SUV is comfortable, stable, and easygoing. Some competitors have stronger engines and more athletic handling, but many households will prefer the Palisade's qualities over sport-tuned shenanigans

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." -- Cars.com
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