2020 Hyundai Palisade Expert Review
The all-new 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a midsize 3-row SUV offered in 7- and 8-passenger configurations. Sharing its structure, engine, and most features with its corporate sibling, the Kia Telluride, the 2020 Palisade nonetheless possesses a distinct persona, due in large part to its unmistakable styling inside and out.
Pitched against heavyweights like the Honda Pilot and VW Atlas plus all-new renditions of the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander, the 2020 Palisade is a surprisingly capable adversary. We say “surprising” because the Palisade is Hyundai’s first true foray into the midsize 3-row-SUV category. With a welcoming interior, pleasing road manners, robust feature list, and competitive pricing, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade deserves serious consideration by SUV shoppers.
Driving the 2020 Hyundai Palisade
Do you remember your Mac-owning friends proclaiming their computers “just worked”? That’s kind of what it’s like to drive the 2020 Palisade. Take the 3.8-liter V6. It delivers competitive, if not stellar, thrust, but it operates with commendable refinement. Predictable responses from the accelerator blend with smooth and timely shifts from the 8-speed automatic transmission to inspire confidence.
A similar feel is expressed through the suspension, which mellows road harshness without sapping the Palisade’s cornering competence. No one buys an 8-passenger SUV for spirited blasts over winding mountain passes but weary parents facing sweeping onramps will enjoy reassuring stability and a direct feedback through the steering wheel. Given Hyundai’s disconnected-steering feel in years past, we view the Palisade as a major step in the right direction.
On the freeway, cabin noise is modest while outward visibility is mostly unimpeded, aside from an outboard 2nd-row headrest that blocks much of the rear-quarter window during right-hand lane changes. Set your mirrors appropriately and you’ll manage just fine.
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