The three-row SUV smackdown for family buyers has heated up with redesigns of stalwart players and all-new entries from the likes of Volkswagen and Subaru. Now it adds the new 2020 Hyundai Palisade, which arrives alongside its corporate cousin, the 2020 Kia Telluride (Hyundai and Kia are affiliated automakers). And impressive newcomers they are: Each is very good in its own way.
The 2020 Palisade, which replaces the smaller Santa Fe XL in Hyundai’s lineup, shares a capable new platform with the Telluride that has excellent agility for a big SUV. Power comes from a 291-horsepower V-6 and eight-speed automatic, with front- or all-wheel drive available. The AWD features selectable drive modes and a locking center differential function for adverse conditions and modest off-pavement capability.
But the two offer very distinct personalities in terms of styling and interiors. Where the Telluride has an outdoorsy feel, the Palisade goes for the glam with a flashy exterior and understated elegance within.
Depending on trim level, the 2020 Palisade seats eight with a second-row bench seat or seven with second-row captain’s chairs. It has a lot of standard features for its base price ($32,595 with destination, plus $1,700 if you want AWD). But all-in — as was our recent Limited AWD test vehicle, including the fanciest interior trim and features, premium multimedia and a full plate of safety and semi-autonomous driving tech — the Palisade tops out at $47,605. That isn’t cheap, but it’s a helluva value and more than enough to cast shade on the prospect of spending more for a luxury brand.
We’ve been tracking the Palisade from its early looks and debut at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show to our recent First Drive, where we had some seat time to assess the driving experience. Catch up on all of it below with everything you need to know about the 2020 Hyundai Palisade:
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