2020 Hyundai Palisade

Performance


#3 out of 23 in Midsize SUVs

MSRP
$31,550
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2020 Hyundai Palisade Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 7.4

Shoppers in search of a three-row SUV that's comfortable and easy to drive will enjoy the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. It accelerates and handles without drama, though it certainly won't get your heart pumping. Fuel economy is average for the class.

  • "The Palisade soaked up the miles with ease, remaining composed over rough surfaces and cruising nicely when the roads got twisty." -- Autotrader
  • "Much like the Kia Telluride that shares its mechanical underpinnings, the Hyundai Palisade offers a well-rounded driving experience free from bad habits but also bereft of anything particularly memorable. Effectively, it reaches the bar set by the vast majority of buyers in this segment. The V6 engine produces plenty of power, but ultimately produces acceleration on-par with most other vehicles in the segment." -- Autoblog
  • "Take the 3.8-liter V6. It delivers competitive, if not stellar, thrust, but it operates with commendable refinement. Predictable responses from the accelerator blend with smooth and timely shifts from the 8-speed automatic transmission to inspire confidence." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The Palisade comes with a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine. It has plenty of power for most driving situations, but it can be a bit slow to accelerate compared to some rivals. It comes with a well-mannered eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include paddle shifters and five drive modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport, Snow (in all-wheel-drive models only), and Smart.

Fuel economy is about average for a midsize SUV. The front-wheel-drive Palisade gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. All-wheel-drive models have the same city mileage, but the highway rating drops to 24 mpg.

  • "The engine and transmission combination is smooth, with predictable power delivery and plenty of power in reserve. The engine never sounds harsh, even when revved." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Turbochargers are all the rage these days, but these two models show that a naturally aspirated V-6 with enough displacement, when well-connected to the rest of the drivetrain, can still get the job done. It's an engine that goes about its job moving the Palisade without drama, and while it doesn't necessarily feel very quick off the line, you can easily jump 20 mph by rolling your foot onto the accelerator pedal." -- Cars.com
  • "The 3.8-liter, naturally aspirated V6 might not be as modern as smaller-displacement, turbocharged engines, but I never feel like the Palisade lacks power. From highway merging to passing, or just accelerating away from a light, the SUV has ample grunt." -- CNET

Handling and Braking

The Palisade pampers travelers with a smooth ride and only slight body roll. It comes standard with front-wheel drive. An auto-leveling rear suspension is available in upper trim levels, and Hyundai's HTRAC all-wheel drive can be added to any model for $1,700.

  • The ride is mostly controlled with a hint of firmness, especially with the 20-inch tires that come on most versions. It's a big, tall vehicle, so it's not particularly nimble. But at least there's only limited body roll through turns." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The Palisade handles nicely for a big crossover, with good body control so you're never thrown around inside. The ride is a fine balance between comfort over broken pavement and response in a corner. It's an easy car to drive, through and through." -- Motor Trend
  • The steering is precise and gains a little extra effort when in Sport mode, but it also doesn't keep you particularly engaged in the driving experience. Similarly, the suspension capably controls body motions and the stock tires do a good job of gripping pavement (or even loose gravel), but again, those looking for more zest should visit their local Mazda store for a CX-9. During our first drive in northern Idaho, the suspension sopped up poor pavement well despite our test vehicle riding on 20-inch wheels." -- Autoblog
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2020 Hyundai Palisade

MSRP: $31,550 - $46,400

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