It is simple to understand why the Hyundai Palisade has been a success with its upscale interior, comfortable ride, and room for the entire family. The largest SUV from the manufacturer ranges from its cost-effective basic trim to the opulent Calligraphy variant that pulls the greatest Genesis GV80 impersonation. Under the Palisade’s hood is a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that generates a smooth 291 horsepower with an eight-speed automated transmission. While premium versions have niceties like a panoramic sunroof, in-dash navigation, and quilted leather upholstery, many connection and technological capabilities are standard across the range. The Palisade’s interior provides a roomy, comfortable space for the whole family, regardless of the trim you select.
What has changed for 2023?
The Palisade will receive a redesign for the 2023 model year to give it a more squared-off look. New amenities have been added to the interior, and the redesigned wheel designs accentuate the new appearance. The Palisade’s instrument panel has a 12.0-inch infotainment display with greater quality, a revised steering wheel, and modernized upholstery choices. A Wi-Fi hotspot, heated third-row seats, and a massaging driver’s seat are among the new amenities. The XRT variant, which has 20-inch wheels, blacked-out exterior trim, and other aesthetic features, is a new addition to the portfolio. The Kia Telluride, which is mechanically comparable to the Palisade but is also set for an update this year, has always been the Palisade’s strongest opponent.
Although the XRT model is a new addition to the list this year, the midrange SEL with the Premium package would be our preferred Palisade. Many of the most cutting-edge and opulent amenities of the SUV are added, including a bigger infotainment screen, in-dash navigation, and the most sophisticated driver aid technologies offered by Hyundai.
Performance – Engine, Transmission, and Other
A 3.8-liter V-6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard on the Palisade. For a car like this, the engine’s 291 horsepower is plenty for acceleration. Paddles placed on the steering wheel may be used to manually shift the Palisade’s transmission. The transmission automatically changes smoothly, however while tackling climbs, the ratios are busyly shuffled. All-wheel drive is available on the SE, SEL, and Limited trim levels but standard on the top-of-the-line Calligraphy. Front-wheel drive is the default. A transmission cooler, trailer pre-wiring, and sway control are included as standard equipment with all Palisade versions. When fitted with the trailer hitch supplied by the dealer, it is capable of towing up to 5000 pounds. An all-wheel-drive SEL that we tested on our test track had average acceleration performance. In our tests, the Palisade reached 60 mph from zero in 6.9 seconds, and it required 182 feet to come to a stop from 70 mph. It turned out to be somewhat slower than the Chevrolet Traverse but faster than the Telluride.
Fuel efficiency and actual MPG
The front-wheel-drive Palisade receives a rating of 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway from the EPA. The Palisade has an all-wheel drive option and is rated at 19 city and 24 highway mpg. Our all-wheel-drive SEL model only achieved 23 mpg on our 200-mile highway test route, falling short of its 24-mpg estimate. Visit the EPA website to learn more about the Palisade’s fuel efficiency.
Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior
Eight people can fit in the SE and SEL trims, while only seven can fit in the Limited and Calligraphy because to the second-row captain’s seats. In any case, there is plenty of room for people to sit in each of the three rows. A button in the second row allows the seat to be moved forward allowing simple access to the third row. Road noise is muffled, but a lot of wind noise may still be heard through the doors. Third-row seats with power adjustments are standard on the Limited and Calligraphy models, while they are an option on the SEL. 33 carry-on luggage fit in the Palisade during our testing, and the cargo space with all the seats folding is 86 cubic feet. Stowage measures 46 cubic feet when the third row is folded and the second row is erect. The capacity decreases to a meager 18 cubes while the third row is in use. To keep objects that are dirty or wet, look under the load floor. Although the door cubbies are small, there is adequate storage within and beneath the center console.