BEND, Ore. — In our first drive review of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, I summarized it as "a well-rounded entry that checks just about every box for would-be buyers of three-row crossovers." That included exceptional value, a high-quality and visually appealing interior, colossal space (underlined by a luggage test) and sterling safety credentials. Was it particularly memorable to drive? Not in any way, but it was seemingly vice- and irritation-free, which to be honest, is the bar most shoppers are trying to clear. Fast forward a few months and there was a new 2020 Palisade Limited sitting in my driveway ready to embark on a fall road trip to Bend, Ore., a go-to locale for family road trips here in Oregon. My wife and I would be packing it with a modest load on the way there, but once in Bend, we would be ferrying around friends to various hiking spots and a float-in point on the Deschutes River. All rows would be utilized. While the trip didn't change the overall impression of the Palisade, it did bring to light a few things not touched upon in the first drive. Most involved this new Hyundai's impressive array of technology. First, the Palisade includes more standard safety equipment than anything in the class that's not mechanically related (Kia Telluride). You get forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, lane-keeping assist, a driver inattention warning system, a safe exit assist (warns passengers of oncoming traffic when opening doors), and adaptive cruise control. This quantity of equipment is certainly noteworthy, but more important, it works very well. The adaptive cruise control accelerates and brakes as a good human driver would (unlike Honda's system), while its steering assist keeps this big SUV smartly centered in its lane even on a winding mountain road. It did a much better job in that regard than BMWs I've recently tested, and impressively, both the adaptive cruise control and steering assist elements continued to work flawlessly in heavy rain. Lexus systems have repeatedly informed me they cannot work in such conditions. It's also noteworthy that the Palisade's safety aids don't drive you nuts with constant beeping (Subaru) or false alarms (Honda). If you're so irritated that you shut these systems off, who cares if they're standard? My friends also pointed out how crystal clear the upgraded rearview camera image was and marveled at the "overhead" shot that appears alongside the normal rearview image thanks to the extra-wide screen size. "That is tripping me out, how is it doing that?" one friend asked. I explained it pieces together various camera images around the car, and although it's certainly not unique to Hyundai, the Palisade's system is definitely well executed. In terms of infotainment, I can't praise Hyundai's new wide touchscreen enough. I've already written how it would be superior in one specific way to every BMW, but compared to anything really, Hyundai's interface is user-friendly, easy to see, and looks perfectly …
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