The Hyundai Palisade is a three-row SUV that can carry up to eight people and, at 5 meters long, is considered mid-sized in the US – but large in Brazil. Still in its first generation, the model debuted in 2020 to replace the Santa Fe XL in Hyundai’s portfolio. For the 2023 line, the Korean brand has given the Palisade a major visual update and more standard equipment.
It’s designed for busy family life, with plenty of space for people and cargo, and plenty of features. This isn’t a luxury car, but the quality of the materials, especially the trim, makes it a premium offering without the hefty price tag. There are plenty of safety features available, as well as an infotainment system that makes it easy to stay connected.
For 2023, the Palisade gets a complete refresh that includes a new exterior design and updated interior materials. It also gets new features, including a third row with heated seats and a driver’s seat with Ergo Motion massage to combat fatigue on long journeys.
There are new driver assistance features and the technology gets an update with Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity – a first for Hyundai. There’s also better charging for mobile phones, improved voice recognition, a 12.3-inch high-resolution navigation and a digital rearview mirror, another first for the Korean brand. The range of offerings also expands to include the compact XRT.
There’s plenty of competition in the segment, including the platform-sharing Kia Telluride, which offers similar performance and an even more sophisticated interior, but at a lower price. There’s also the Nissan Pathfinder, which is comparable in price across its range but doesn’t quite match the interior quality and overall looks. Other strong contenders include the Honda Pilot, which is equal in price and power and with a surprisingly smooth ride, the Volkswagen Atlas, the Toyota Highlander and the Subaru Ascent. None of them are in Brazil.
The entry-level SE with front-wheel drive costs $36,245; The SEL costs $39,245. The new XRT trim costs $41,545. At the top end, the Limited is priced at $47,795 and the Calligraphy at $50,195. All options can feature all-wheel drive for an additional $1,900.
The Palisade isn’t the cheapest offering in the segment, but it stands out as an exceptional value when you consider the range of features and quality of materials. Even in the entry-level version, it’s a well-equipped and comfortable SUV that makes traveling with the family easier and less stressful for everyone.
Advanced standard safety features include Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Braking, Reverse Distance Alert, Rear Seat Occupant Alert, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning , safe exit and front emergency brake that detects pedestrians and cyclists as well as oncoming traffic. time to turn around. That’s an impressive number of standard safety features, which help make the Palisade less expensive.
All configurations are powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine, with 291 horsepower and 36.2 kgfm of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with a choice of front or all-wheel drive. It’s a powerful engine that easily takes this big car up to cruising speed without complaint. The transmission shifts evenly for power delivery under hard acceleration, with no harsh changes for passengers and little engine noise invading the cabin.
And once you reach top speed, there is still potential to save. The Kia Telluride shares the same power and offers similar performance, while the Nissan Pathfinder and Honda Pilot have less power, with 280 and 284 hp, respectively. All four are more powerful than the Volkswagen Atlas, which starts with a four-cylinder but also offers a 276-hp V6.
Although not designed for heavy off-road traction, the Palisade is still capable of handling rough terrain. The driving mode selector offers Comfort, Eco, Sport and Smart modes to adapt to driving and handling the situation at hand. Models with four-wheel drive add snow capability and a new trailer mode, with a maximum capacity of 5,000 pounds, and can be locked to all four wheels at low speeds to get out of snow or mud.
Equipped with front-wheel drive, the Palisade does 8 km/l in the city, 11.5 km/l on the highway and 9.3 km/l on the average. For all-wheel drive, consumption is 8 km / l, 10.6 km / l and 8.9 km / l, respectively.
Unfortunately, Hyundai still does not offer a hybrid version of the Palisade, unlike other competitors: the Toyota Highlander Hybrid reaches an impressive 14.9 km / l combined, and the rear drive of the Ford Explorer Hybrid reaches 11.5 km / l combined.
Security and technology
The 2023 Hyundai Palisade has not yet been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the 2022 model year was and likely will be. The model earned a five-star rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, the highest for both agencies for occupant protection.
As already seen, safety features include Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Brake, Parking Distance Warning, Rear Seat Occupant Alert, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Keeping Assist , Driver Attention Warning, Safe Exit Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Trailer Control. and Forward Emergency Braking to detect pedestrians and cyclists, as well as oncoming traffic when cornering at intersections.
Only a few extra features are reserved for the higher trims, including an ultrasonic rear occupant alert (lower trims only detect that a door is open) and a remote parking feature.
A 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard across the Palisade lineup. It’s an easy-to-use system with well-organized menus that help reduce driver distraction. Navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also standard, with the ability to connect two devices at the same time. Keeping everyone charged is easy with three USB charging ports in the first row and two in the second. Two third-row doors are standard on higher trims. All but the base trim have a wireless charger.
Optional on the SEL and standard Mini and Calligraphy trims is a 630-watt, 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and head-up display are available on higher trims. A large standard touch screen increases the usability of the system, as well as good responsiveness, so you don’t have to constantly plug the screen to make your selections.
comfort and space
The Palisade is a large SUV. It offers 108 centimeters of legroom in the second row, surpassing many competitors – especially if there are adults there. In the third row is a large 80 cm.
Eight seats are standard on the base SE and optional on the SEL; in other configurations the maximum capacity is seven occupants. In the entry-level version the upholstery is fabric, but synthetic leather and genuine leather become common as you move up the option level, and the top-of-the-line Calligraphy approaches luxury territory.
The materials used in the cabinets are attractive and attractive in variety. Among the equipment, the important things are the seats and the heating in the third and second rows that can be moved forward or backward with the touch of a button, enabling access to the last line.
The Palisade is a large SUV with plenty of room to handle all the luggage that comes with family life. There is 510 liters in the boot when the third row of seats is up; when folded, the volume increases to 1,296 liters. When only the front seats are active, 2,446 liters are available.
The Palisade’s large center console holds small items out of sight, while underfloor storage in the cargo area provides another hidden storage area. With the exception of the SE, all trims have an electric trunk opening, with adjustable height adjustment, which makes loading easier when your hands are full.
The Palisade isn’t meant to be a luxury SUV, but strip the Hyundai badge and you can be easily fooled. It has an attractive exterior design with a bold front grille that gives it a powerful presence. Cabin materials are good, and even in the base trim, nothing feels cheap or economical. It is universally charged with no premium.
The seats are comfortable, especially in the front, with features including heating and ventilation. The large infotainment screen helps give it a premium, technology-forward look. Hyundai has a reputation for creating attractive interiors with plenty of quality and comfort, and the Palisade lives up to that reputation in a vehicle that’s perfect for large families and their busy lifestyles.
The Palisade has a lot going for it with seating for seven or eight, a quiet, comfortable ride and plenty of standard features across the range, not just the top trim. There’s a great set of driver assistance safety features and a large touchscreen that’s easy to use, especially when following tricky navigation. Five finishes make it easy to find one that fits your needs and your budget.