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Hyundai Palisade information and reviews

All Palisade Trim Levels

The official factory page for the Hyundai Palisade

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Palisade a Top Safety Pick+, their highest rating.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has safety rated the Palisade 5 Stars, their highest rating

JD Power has a study that they call the APEAL study. It stands for Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout and is meant to measure "owners' emotional attachment and level of excitement with their new vehicle". The Palisade placed first in its class, ahead of Upper Midsize SUVs such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Telluride, and others.

Autoweek feels that the Palisade may just be the standard-bearer in its class. They really liked the interior roominess and how the 6-foot journalist could sit behind himself in the second row and even in the third row. He pointed out that there is extra second-row foot room under the front seats, which apparently isn't very common in this class. He was impressed by the powerful 3.8L V6 and the 8-speed automatic it was attached to. When considering drive comfort, driving dynamics, easy-to-use controls, and then factoring in price, he said its the one to beat.

Car and Driver scores the Palisade an incredibly strong 9.5 out of 10, earning it and Editor's Choise award. They speak highly of the dash layout, class-leading feature set, and that every trim level has a ton of value built in, but you know that the Palisade is excellent when they list "tight door pockets" among the three items they didn't like. They go on to say that the top spec version is worthy of Hyundai's luxury badge, Genesis.

Car and Driver points out 10 of their favorite features about the Hyundai Palisade that proves that it was more thoughtfully designed than its competition. Among their favorites are the way the second row releases to allow access to the third row and the cord tunnel for the front center bin.

US News compiles reviews from around the web to help them provide car rankings, so think of what they do as consensus rankings of the experts. For 2022, as of this writing on 11-16-21, the Palisade is tied for #1 ranked midsize SUV. Kudos for the Palisade include a refined combinaton of ride and handling, a spacious and comfortable interior, and easy to use infotainment.

So when I choose what reviews I put onto the website, I try to choose ones that have something valuable to say. One of my criteria is I want to hear opinion from the review. You can go to Hyundai's website and see the specs and pricing. Savage Geese often does a pretty good job. They have a lot to opine about the Palisade, but they boil it down to essentially it is great in every way. They did get a couple of things wrong on this one - they undershot the fuel economy a little and they underestimate the resale value. Hyundai Group vehicles have very competitive resale values now, and they are still improving. But they do call the Palisade and the Kia Telluride the two best 3-row midsize crossovers on the market today.

This review might be a little goofy, but Kelly Blue Book speaks highly of the Palisade and shows off some of the tech in operation as well. It is roomy and comfortable and does everything well, which he says is perfect for the average family. He adds that the Palisade is one of the best options in its segment.

It's interesting. The reviewer of the Palisade was complimenting the interior saying that it could even pass for a premium brand interior. And it wasn't even the top trim of the Palisade. In this pretty practical review, I like the way she went through the car pointing out some minor details about the Palisade that show that a lot of thought went into the interior design. Overall, she liked the Palisade quite a bit.

In's 2022 rating of the Palisade, they say it is still a standout in its class, and it and the Kia Telluride occupy the top 2 spots in the class. They add that the Palisade blurs the lines between luxury and what they call near-luxury. They say quality is everywhere and, all things considered, it is likely to remain a class leader for years to come.

AutoBlog did a neat little series of photos-and-explanations to describe how much gear actually fits in the back of the Palisade, both with all seats in the upright position, and with the "40" side of the 60/40 third row folded.

In this review, an AutoBlog journalist took the Palisade on a trip with his wife and a couple of friends. He says this is where the Palisade really shined. The safety technology works flawlessly, and certainly better than other SUVs he has driven by Lexus, BMW, Subaru, and Honda. He said that his wife was comfortable in the third row and there was still room for all their gear. Additionally, all the adults were kept happy with all the USB charging ports. Taking it on a trip really helped him understand just how great the Palisade is.

In the hands of another AutoBlog journalist, on another trip, he and his wife think that they found their next 3-row SUV. See why he says it worked perfectly for him, his wife, the baby, their 4-year old, 2 dogs, and a week's worth of luggage, including all the kiddie gear. In this follow up article, he lets his readers know that after their time in the Palisade, his wife wants one.

AutoWeek tells us that for the 2023 model year, the Palisade receives some nice updates like an available Verizon WiFi hotspot via subscription, an updated Smart Cruise Control that has machine learning and can learn to mimic the acceleration and spacing of the driver. Other improvements include new exterior styling, switching all but one of the USB charging ports to a USB-C, and the availability of a lightly massaging driver's seat in order to avoid driving fatigue.

Calligraphy Trim Level

Hyundai's official walk-around video for the Palisade Calligraphy:

MotorTrend took the Palisade Calligrapy for a road trip with several other adults that do not work in the automotive world. They commented that it was helpful hearing questions and comments from people not in the industry. After input from everyone, mostly high praises, they determined that it is an excellent vehicle for a road trip and that Hyundai has made it very friendly to live with. They call it a great value, too. See why here.

Wow! CNET REALLY liked their time with the Palisade! They had it for a year and 13.500 miles. During that time it went on 2 long-distance trips: Detroit to North Carolina, and Detroit to New Orleans (and back, of course). The reviewer said it performed perfectly, and he feels it is simply the best vehicle in its class. It handled the snow very well, even with all-season tires. And the fuel economy was good. A few items of note: 

1) He had a model with heads-up display (HUD). These models have a specially treated windshield for the display. When a rock hit the windshield and cracked it, they shopped around for pricing. I would just add that if you have a vehicle with heads-up display that projects onto the windshield, be sure to mention that to the glass company to be sure that you get the correct windshield. I wonder if the one he got as a replacement had the special treatment.

2) He mentioned a smell in the interior that was from an imrpoperly manufactured headrest. That has been corrected and Hyundai has a fix for it.

3) He mentioned that his roof rack attachment reduced his fuel economy appreciably. That will happen with roof boxes, and even roof rails themselves will have an effect. The best thing to do, if you want better fuel economy, is to leave the roof racks off until you need them. You will find more information on my "Save Money" page.

4) Technically what he drove and addresses here is a "Limited" trim level, but that was the top trim before the Calligraphy came out (I placed this review in the "Calligraphy" sub-section). Essentially the Calligraphy was trim and materials as opposed to features and amenities.

Palisade vs Competition

After securing the win in their 2020 3-row SUV challenge, the crew pitted the winning Palisade against the Toyota Highlander (the 2020 Highlander did not make it to market early enough for the original comparison). It was fun listening to them list category after category where the Palisade excelled over the Highlander, making the winner obvious.

Since both are new for 2020, MotorTrend compared the Palisade to the Ford Explorer. The Ford puts out more power while providing better fuel economy. So why did the Palisade win this comparison rather easily? Because the ride comfort, quality of interior materials, value, and thoughtful daily-use touches in the Palisade are appreciably better.

Car And Driver did a comparison of 5 of the top 3-row family haulers in this well-written article. They praise the degree of comfort for adults in the third row of the Palisade and Telluride as opposed to the competition. They also praised really just about everything about the Palisade and Telluride and said that the choice between the two would really come down to personal preference, but those two were clearly the winners here.

For 2021, AutoGuide compared the top spec Palisade (Calligraphy) trim to the top spec Telluride trim. In most reviews I have seen that have compared the two, the Telluride is normally picked. The funny thing is that it almost always is due to the reviewer in question likes the exterior looks of the Telluride more. Which I think is an odd way to make a selection, as I have spoken to many people that prefer the more upscale/urban look of the Palisade. Fortunately this comparison looks beyond skin deep to try to find the real differences between the two.