2021 Hyundai Palisade

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2021 Hyundai Palisade
2021 Hyundai Palisade

Key specs

Base trim shown.


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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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Hyundai Palisade trim comparison will help you decide.

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

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 5.0
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.9
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


The best Hyundai I have ever had

The ride is amazing The 3.8 lambda is plenty of power The gas mileage has been over 20 3rd row seating Family size luxury for under 50k


Almost Great

Love the look, smooth ride, interior roominess. A couple of issues. With less than 3,000 miles a plastic seat belt restraint broke off with only mild pressure. Also, paint we paid extra for is coming off an edge of a door (without being hit or anything).


Best suv hands down

This car meets all my needs it has a charging ports in The seats a self charger in the Center counsel a sunroof a moonroof leather seats enough leg room and space for the kids this car is perfect

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