2020 Palisade New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade three-row crossover is the South Korean carmaker's biggest vehicle, and of its most expressive designs ever. It's 196 inches long, 78 inches wide, and has a 114-inch wheelbase. It's the second-biggest car in its class, topped only by the Ford Explorer.
The Palisade shares much of its running gear with the Kia Telluride, but it's more luxurious. It has a creamy ride. It's cushy and quiet, calm and collected, on nearly every level. It's also more spacious; we actually stacked three 6-foot-3 passengers in the three rows, and even the wayback guy had reasonable leg room.
The two-ton crossover is powered by a 291-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 that's strong enough to pass at highway speeds and can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Its 8-speed automatic transmission prefers a relaxed pace.
The EPA rates front-wheel drive models at 19 mpg city, 26 highway, 22 combined. All-wheel drive drops those figures to 19/24/21 mpg.
The NHTSA has not yet crash-tested the 2020 Palisade, but it earned a Top Safety Pick+ from the insurance industry-funded IIHS although it's only those models with LED projector headlights that get the award.
All Palisades are equipped with automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, and active lane control. Blind-spot monitors (and cameras, too), GPS-based automatic speed limiters, a surround-view camera system, a head-up display, and front parking sensors are all optional.
Available in SE, SEL, and Limited models, the front-wheel-drive Palisade starts at $32,500 and reaches about $50,000 fully loaded. All-wheel drive is available for $1,700.
For about $32,500, a base SE with front-wheel drive includes 18-inch wheels, automatic emergency braking, active lane control, seats for eight, cloth upholstery, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
For less than $35,000, the SEL adds blind-spot monitors, keyless ignition, and captain's chairs if the buyer wants them. One option packages on the SEL can add 20-inch wheels, a wireless phone charger, parking sensors, a load-leveling rear suspension, power rear liftgate, and second-row USB power ports for $2,200. More options for Palisade can add leather upholstery, power folding second and third rows, a 10.3-inch touchscreen, and dual-panel sunroofs.
At the top, the Palisade Limited costs nearly $46,000 and adds a Harman Kardon audio, heated and cooled first- and second-row seats, seven USB ports for all three rows, nappa leather, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an automatic speed limiter for highways, a surround-view camera system, and a head-up display.
All Palisades are covered by Hyundai's generous 5-year/60,000-mile comprehensive warranty, and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.