2020 Hyundai Palisade Review

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade has elbowed its way into becoming a favorite for busy families on the go in the SUV segment.  Yes, the mid-size sport-utility crossover really is just that good. It’s a looker too. Thatlarge distinctive grille and vibrant LED running lights create a wholly intimidating “don’t mess with me” expression.


Palisade is capable of cashing that check too.  


Inside, the plush crossover is equally fabulous, decked out with high quality materials including premium Nappa leather seating surfaces. Comfort and noise suppression are exceptional too. Second-row captain's chairs are standard, which offer passengers their own space in the Plaisade’s seven-seat configuration. A second-row bench is available at no extra cost to increase seating capacity to eight. The cabin’s already airy nature is enhanced by the sunroof, which is also fitted at no additional charge.


Other standard features on the SEL trim I tested include heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity-sensitive keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and a comfortable eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with two-way lumbar adjustments. One minor quibble I have is the front passenger seat lacks lumbar support and power adjusters in the lower trim lvels.


However, infotainment features are more than adequate at every trim level. A total of five USB jacks can be found in the base Palisade SE and there were seven in my SEL tester. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay gave me a choice between the standard navigation system, or my own — which let me take advantage of additional wayfinder apps such as Waze.

Safety gear includes blindspot monitoring, automatic high-beam headlights, rear cross traffic alert and Hyundai’s Safe Exit Assist (SEA). This tech monitors rear traffic before passengers exit the vehicle to issue a warning when vehicles are approaching. SEA will also override the deactivation of the electronic child safety locks on the rear doors.  Pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, a rear occupant alert, lane keep assist, lane centering assist, rear parking sensors and driver attention monitoring complete the safety suite.


Power comes from a 291-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 with direct injection. An eight-speed automatic transmission feeds the front wheels in the standard configuration. All-wheels drive is an option. Gas mileage is fair, if not exactly stellar at 19 mpg city and 24 on highway. On the other hand, the Hyundai is happy running on regular fuel. 

The Palisade accelerated at a swift pace when merging onto Beltway traffic. I also liked sitting tall in the driver’s seat  while still feeling secure when taking tight turns. Said simply, the Palisade is smooth, steady and reassuring on the road.


Cargo capacity is another strong suit. You’ll enjoy a generous 18 cubic feet of space in the rear when the third row is deployed. This increases to 86.4 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. I easily loaded countless bags of cleaning supplies, a mop, a broom, a bucket — and a month’s worth of groceries. Even better, the rear liftgate operates hands-free.


Handsome, plush, competent, practical and safe, the 2020 Palisade demonstrates Hyundai is all about being solidly competitive in every market segment it enters.

Pricing starts at $31,975.

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