The Car Connection Hyundai Palisade Overview
The Hyundai Palisade is a three-row crossover SUV that's the biggest crossover made by the automaker. It's related to Kia Telluride and both are meant to be an upper bound for the South Korean automakers' crossover lineups.
Both feature plenty of interior space and storage. The Palisade focuses on family-friendly features such as a voice-projection system that can repeat speech from the driver through the car's speakers. The Palisade was developed at Hyundai's design center in California and while it's sold in other parts of the world, it's a crossover built with American tastes in mind.
With the Palisade, Hyundai has a competitor for mega-selling crossovers such as the Honda Pilot, Chevy Traverse, Ford Explorer and others.
MORE: Read our 2021 Hyundai Palisade review
The new Hyundai Palisade
The Palisade went on sale in the U.S. in summer 2019. It's equipped with a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 adapted from luxury automaker Genesis to run on a more efficient Atkinson cycle. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available on all trim levels, which are SE, SEL, and Limited. An 8-speed automatic is the only transmission available.
Designers at Hyundai set a new course for the Palisade. It's the first among Hyundai crossovers to feature expressive style meant to look different from its smaller counterparts—the automaker's sameness with crossover design was a pain point inside the halls of its studios. The Palisade's face and body sides are different than any crossover before it: so-called "crocodile" LED daytime running lights and an upright grille are complemented by body sides with deep stamps and a chrome accent that dives toward the rear wheels to add visual weight to the roof pillars.
Inside, strong horizontal themes dominate in another play for confidence. The Palisade is equipped with a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen that can grow to more than 10 inches in top trims. Cloth, manually adjusted seats are standard fare, while heated and cooled leather seats are available in top trims.
The Palisade trades on its interior flexibility and space. The standard seating configuration accommodates up to eight within the five doors of the Palisade, but second-row captain's chairs can swap in for better rear-seat comfort. The Palisade holds up to 18 cubic feet of cargo with all three rows of seats in place, with the second row folded that space grows to 46 cubic feet.
Hyundai's value play is par for the course with the Palisade, but it offers a bevy of upscale options for well-heeled buyers. Uprated infotainment and audio are available, bigger wheels and second-row cooled seats are on the order sheet as well. What's not? Standard active safety features including automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control that come on every model.
For 2021 Hyundai added a Calligraphy edition to the top of the Palisade lineup, but made few other changes.