2021 Hyundai Palisade

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2021 Hyundai Palisade
2021 Hyundai Palisade

Key specs

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Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

196.1” x 68.9”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Ride quality
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Lots of interior storage areas
  • Luxury-grade interior for non-luxury price
  • Easy-to-use technology

The bad:

  • Steering feedback
  • Third-row space
  • Larger screen doesn’t use whole display for Android Auto
  • No power-folding side mirrors
  • Push-button transmission

4 trims

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Notable features

  • Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto now standard
  • New high-end Calligraphy trim
  • Three-row SUV
  • 291-hp V-6 engine standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
See also: How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2021 Hyundai Palisade?

2021 Hyundai Palisade review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Hyundai Palisade?

Introduced last year, the Hyundai Palisade is a three-row SUV related to the Kia Telluride. Long on value and technology, the Palisade seats seven or eight, depending on whether there are captain’s chairs or a bench seat in the second row. 

Power comes from a 291-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine that works with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. Competitors include the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.

What’s New on the 2021 Hyundai Palisade?

LED headlights and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity are newly standard. Hyundai also upped the luxury ante with the addition of a top-of-the-line Calligraphy trim level that adds unique 20-inch alloy wheels, a different grille design, puddle lamps, quilted-leather door panels, a microfiber headliner and a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel.  

What Features in the 2021 Hyundai Palisade Are Most Important?

Standard features include: 

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 8-inch multimedia system
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keep assist

Available features include: 

  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Second-row captain’s chairs
  • Power-folding third row
  • 10.25-inch screen with navigation
  • Harman Kardon premium stereo
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Head-up display
  • Wireless device charging
  • Fully digital instrument panel
  • Blind spot warning

2021 Hyundai Palisade Vs. 2021 Ford Explorer: How Do They Compare?

The Hyundai Palisade and Ford Explorer are both spacious family SUVs with three rows of seats and plenty of standard safety features. The Palisade has the more luxurious interior of the two, but the Explorer offers more powertrain choices, including a 400-hp V-6 and a hybrid drivetrain.  

Should I Buy the 2021 Hyundai Palisade?

The Palisade packs a lot of value, offering plenty of technology, safety features and upscale amenities. We liked it so much we named it our Best of 2020 award winner in its debut year. Third-row space is limited, however, and we did deal with an unpleasant interior smell during our Palisade ownership.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Luxury SUV at an Affordable Price

The Hyundai Palisade is hands down the best, smoothest riding SUV I've driven. It is a luxury vehicle at an affordable price. The SEL with Premium, Convenience, and Cargo Packages provides unbeatable safety, technology, and comfort. The Hyundai Palisade continues to exceed expectations.


Buy!!! You won’t Regret it!😁

Love it!!! Helps my bad back!! Traveling is wonderful ride! Worth every penny! Best car I ever had & I loved my Kia Amanti!! So Glad a friend recommended it😊



My wife and I purchased the 2021 Hyundai, Palisade, Calligraphy and just love it. We normally purchase new vehicles and enjoy the idea of purchasing new. When we contacted our friend from a Hyundai dealership, she was able to locate the vehicle that we wanted. Since we was in Arizona due to our son had open heart surgery we decided to purchase this vehicle and drive it back to our home in Alaska which was a 4000 mile drive. We had such an amazing drive that was not only beautiful but driving the Palisade was amazing. It seemed to be able to drive itself. I have driven the Alaska Highway many times and with various vehicles but this was an amazingly smooth ride all the way. We have also owned a Hyundai Geneses but I like the Palisade much better because of the space and comfort of the Palisade. I would recommend this vehicle to all of my friends.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Hyundai
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
84 months/unlimited distance
120 months/100,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 80,000 miles; less than 7 years old (currently MY18- MY24)
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of the 5-Year/60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
10-Yr/100K-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
Dealer certification required
173-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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