2020 Hyundai Palisade

Interior


#3 out of 23 in Midsize SUVs

MSRP
$31,550
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2020 Hyundai Palisade Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a stellar midsize SUV for the busy household. Among its family-friendly traits are three rows of spacious seats, a lengthy list of standard safety features, a large cargo area, and some clever tech options.

  • "The Palisade cabin can provide a bit of a 'wow' moment if you've just come from test driving a Honda Pilot or Subaru Ascent – both nice and well-constructed, but not stylish. The Palisade, by contrast, has a uniquely elegant cabin highlighted by a wide, Mercedes-like touchscreen panel, distinctive trim types and a center console that rises to meet the dash, leaving extra storage underneath. It's both attractive and functional. Quality is also shockingly good, grossly outclassing the three-row Santa Fe it replaces, and challenging luxury models in its Limited trim level. The top trim levels of most rival SUVs can't make the same claim." -- Autoblog
  • "Appropriately for the brand's new flagship, the Palisade feels solid, quiet, and upscale throughout." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Overall fit and finish is excellent, and everything you touch genuinely feels premium. Compared to a rival like the Ford Explorer, the loaded-up Palisade feels like stepping into the St. Regis hotel compared to the Ford's Holiday Inn feel." -- CNET

Seating

The Palisade is a three-row SUV. Its base trim has eight seats, while uplevel models come with seven seats. Every row is spacious and comfortable, and adults can happily ride in the back, though rivals such as the Volkswagen Atlas have a roomier third row. Back-seat passengers get treats such as rear air vents and USB charging ports.

Cloth upholstery and a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat are standard. All second-row seats are power-folding, with one-touch access to the third row. The third row is a bench seat with a 60/40 split.

Leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a heated steering wheel are available. Additional seating options include second-row captain's chairs, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with two-way lumbar adjustments, additional lumbar and leg cushion extension adjustments for the driver's seat, driver's seat memory settings, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front and rear seats, heated front seats, heated second-row seats, and power-folding third-row seats.

For securing child safety seats, the Palisade’s second row has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the outboard seats and an upper tether on the middle seat. Its third row has one full set of LATCH connectors and two tether anchors.

  • "Passenger space is abundant, even in the third row, where an average adult male can sit in reasonable comfort. Helping apportion passenger space are highly adjustable sliding and reclining 2nd-row seats, offered as a bench or captain's chairs." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Palisade is one of the largest three-row crossovers. Few are as long and wide, while third-row leg- and headroom are among the most generous in the segment. Even a tall adult can fit back there quite comfortably, while three pre-teens should be easily … shoehorned in. Better still, the large rear quarter windows and the wide, upright vehicle sides mean they won't feel too claustrophobic back there. Access to the third row benefits from one-press power release buttons, as well as unique grab handles integrated into the C pillars." -- Autoblog
  • "The Palisade replaces the Santa Fe XL in Hyundai's lineup and boasts a significantly larger interior than the XL does. All three rows provide generous comfort and space. A power-operated third row that's standard on Limited trims and optional on SEL models helps separate the Palisade from the Telluride." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

Every Palisade model is packed with technology features that are convenient, innovative, and easy to use. Standard features include 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.

Standard safety features include forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, 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.

Among the Palisade's options are some state-of-the-art systems not often seen at this price point and a couple of selections unique to Hyundai. These include an uplevel infotainment system that can connect two phones at the same time. The available Blind View Monitor displays a real-time image of the Palisade's blind spots in the driver's instrument screen when you activate a turn signal. There is also an in-car intercom to amplify the driver's voice for rear-seat passengers.

Additional options include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a single- or dual-pane sunroof, puddle lights, ambient lighting, a household-style power outlet, navigation, a 10.25-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, wireless device charging, third-row USB outlets, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system.

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, and a head-up display.

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  • "Every Palisade comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen, which is the upgrade unit in other Hyundais. It's easy to use, and thanks to the Palisade's design, easy to see. A new 10.25-inch widescreen unit is available on upper trim levels, much as it is in the similar Telluride from its sister brand Kia. You can devote the entire thing to one function, split it 70/30 between two (such as the navigation map and audio system information), or leave it on the home screen that shows three functions. It's similar to what you increasingly see in various luxury brands, and it's just as well-executed, if even a bit better, in the Palisade." -- Autoblog
  • The controls are clearly labeled and simple to use, a Hyundai hallmark. But it's a long reach to the screen, and the gear selector is unintuitive. Rather than being more like a traditional shifter, drivers must choose a button. The infotainment system is easy to use, as we've experienced with other Hyundai models. Our Palisade came with a wide, 10.25-inch touch screen that can display multiple functions at a time. It's easy to choose one, such as navigation or playing music." -- Consumer Reports
  • I find Blue Link to be a little unorganized in its layout and wish I had a center console-mounted dial to control it, since some of the buttons are kind of small. With Blue Link, I notice myself taking my eyes off the road for too long to make sure I'm pressing the right function. Still, Blue Link is super-functional, with dual Bluetooth device connectivity, so one of you can control the tunes while the other manages the calls." -- CNET

Cargo

The Palisade has 18 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rearmost seats. Laying down the 60/40 split third-row bench seat creates a 45.8-cubic-foot cargo area. The second-row seats come standard with a power-folding feature; when these are flat, the Palisade has 86.4 cubic feet of cargo space. These measurements are all above average for a three-row SUV. There’s also a storage compartment underneath the cargo floor.

  • "The Palisade can seat eight people in its standard configuration, or seven if you opt for second-row captain's chairs. Fold those seats flat and you'll find 86.4 cubic feet of space, which is more than what you get in the 2019 Honda Pilot and 2020 Toyota Highlander. Hyundai offers a selectable-speed rear tailgate, which can open or close in as little as 4.5 seconds. That might not sound impressive, but when you're standing in the rain with grocery bags, that lift gate can't rise soon enough." -- CNET
  • "Cargo space behind the third-row seats is relatively good for the class, and there's room under the cargo floor. This is helpful for transporting groceries or other loose items so they don't tumble out when the liftgate is opened. The Limited has a handy set of power controls for the second and third rows, so the seats can be folded from the cargo section." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Passenger space is generous in the first two rows, and there's a useful 18 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second row, as much as in a Cadillac XTS's trunk. Underfloor storage adds nearly two cubic feet of additional space." -- Automobile Magazine
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