Large 3-row SUVs like the new Hyundai Palisade continue to attract minivan shoppers, but it’s clear the 8-seater segment is still in its infancy – or was, until now. With the release of the 2020 Palisade, the dawn of a new era begins. Offering minivan-comparable flexibility, space, and convenience, the all-new Palisade is shaking up, not stirring, the SUV class. Here’s what critics reviews are saying about the biggest Hyundai SUV to date.
Palisade Interior, Specs & Dimensions
Effectively, the 2020 Palisade is a larger, significantly more spacious version of the outgoing Santa Fe XL. The Palisade is 3 inches longer and 3.5 inches wider than Hyundai’s previous full-size SUV, and it also adds 4 inches between the rear and front wheel wells. That translates to one roomy 3-row crossover with 86.4 cubic feet of cargo volume, a hidden gem of a sub-trunk, and 3rd-row shoulder room that sits at the top of the 8-seater class.
“Entry to the third row is made easy thanks to push-button access on the second-row seats; the resulting pass-through space is comparably generous. The third-row seat’s cushions sit a little higher than average, providing better leg comfort yet retaining a surprising amount of headroom.” – Edmunds
The second-row seats are something extraordinary, otherworldly even. They feature large, child-friendly buttons that activate the seats’ lean-and-slide functionality, as well as a unique seatbelt holder that ensures belt straps are never left dangling out when shutting the door.
The 2020 Palisade may be the largest SUV to come off the Hyundai conveyor belts, but its compact interior design is what makes it a contender for “best SUV of the year.” A cleverly packaged dashboard and center stack put other large SUVs on notice. For instance, the Palisade’s fancy push-button gear select technology allows for more storage space, as do the center console’s stowaway, spring-loaded cupholders (there are 16 total cupholders in the Palisade).
“Every version of the Hyundai Palisade benefits from good proportions, well-utilized interior space, comfortable seats and a highly-accessible third row.” – Jalopnik
In essence, the Palisade is so upscale, refined, and roomy, it might as well be labeled as a luxury SUV, even if its $31,550 MSRP says otherwise.
Technology: 7 USB Ports + More
For years, Hyundai has dedicated a lot of effort into designing vehicles with industry-best technology. The 2020 Palisade is the culmination of that commitment. It comes with 7 USB charge ports throughout the cabin, as well as a handful of new debuts to the Hyundai brand, such as Driver Talk, an in-cabin PA intercom system that allows parents to verbally break up those “he hit me” fights in the back two rows. This cute piece of technology is paired with another new feature, Sleep Mode, which mutes the back-row speakers.
Of course, we can’t forget about all the critical safety features available in the Palisade, like the new Blind View Monitor (BVM). BVM utilizes side-mirror cameras to spot vehicles or objects in Palisade’s blind spots, then projects that video feed directly to the driver’s instrument cluster screen. Some may compare this to Honda’s Lane Watch system, but Hyundai’s Blind View Monitor is far better: it can detect vehicles on both sides, and the video doesn’t take over the center stack’s touchscreen – two of the biggest cons of Honda’s feature.
“[Blind View Monitor] is what Honda Lane Watch could have and should have become; Lane Watch is a right-side-only camera with the output displayed on the center stack, knocking out effective access to navigation or infotainment. Honda is an engineering-centric company and when somebody out-engineers Honda, that’s worth appreciating.” – ExtremeTech
Even the Palisade’s Lane Follow system is an upgrade over standard safety features like lane-keep assistance. It’s highly effective at predicting when the vehicle will stray from its lane, then provides a smooth-as-silk adjustment to lock the SUV in place.
Hyundai Palisade vs. Kia Telluride
Although there are a dozen seemingly comparable 3-row SUVs to the Palisade, the also-new Kia Telluride is its closest match. In fact, the 2020 Palisade shares genes with the Kia Telluride – both are built on a similar platform and powered by the same 3.8L V6 plant. However, the Palisade has several differentiating features that give it an advantage in a heads-up brawl.
Case in point: Hyundai’s 12.3-inch digital information cluster. Standard on Palisade Limited models and up, this fully digital array of gauges is clean, modern, bright, and quite simply the most gorgeous instrumentation setup our Olathe Hyundai dealership has ever seen. It shows that the Palisade is the more luxurious of the two large SUVs.
“Screens like these can be overwhelming at times, either feeding you too much information or not enough. The one in the Palisade, however, is just right.” – Cars.com
The other differences? Hyundai’s Palisade comes with optional steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, which aren’t offered in the Telluride, as well as a heads-up display and a cabin packed to the sheet metal with sound-deadening materials. In the back, certain Palisade models stand out by offering power-operated third rows.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg; take the new Palisade out for a test drive in Kansas City to check out every one of its innovative features. Contact McCarthy Olathe Hyundai at 913-324-7355 to schedule an appointment and receive details about our available Hyundai Palisade incentives.
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