What the critics say
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade
“Hyundai had better have its plants ready to crank.” The South Korean automaker’s new, three-row flagship SUV is bound to be a best-seller, and not just because Americans love big crossovers. “There’s simply nothing objectionable about the Palisade,” which replaces the Santa Fe XL and shares many components with the excellent Kia Telluride. And don’t consider it merely a great value option. “The Palisade would be a top-tier competitor even at a higher MSRP.”
Compared with the Telluride, the Palisade “drives a hair better”—thanks to its standard self-leveling suspension. And though “a decent bit of wind noise” accompanies highway driving, we were otherwise impressed by the tranquility of the chic, roomy cabin. Highway fuel efficiency is competitive at 26 mpg, and conveniences include numerous charging options and powered third-row seats. The optional 12.3-inch digital instrument panel is the real highlight, though, and when you hit either turn signal, a screen between the gauges will display what’s in your blind spot.
Park the Hyundai next to its more muscularly styled Kia sibling, and “the Palisade may seem as unremarkable as a foil-wrapped potato.” But the solidly built Palisade is swankier inside, and as always with a Hyundai, “it’s the stuffings inside that really count.”