Editor’s note: After publishing this story, Hyundai took our Palisade in and worked to resolve the smell. Read more details in the second part of our investigation, and read more about Hyundai’s fix for the smell here.
The Cars.com Editorial team has owned a number of cars for long-term evaluation, buying them new from a local dealership and testing them for a year. At some point, all of our vehicles end up smelling pretty foul as they’re passed from staffer to staffer who does who knows what with them — but this time, in the case of our 2020 Hyundai Palisade, we who smelt it have not dealt it.
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Enjoy this very special episode of “CSI: Car Smell Investigation.”
The Scent of the Crime
There’s an occasional wretched smell coming from the beige interior of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited we bought in December 2019 that might just be the interior itself. To those of us who have gotten the more severe attack on our nostrils (and it hasn’t been everyone), it’s a sharp chemical odor with a dash of something organic like garlic or rotten produce, and it started at the arrival of 90-degree days in the Chicago area, where Cars.com is headquartered.