If the decade of crossovers began in 2010, the 2020s are set up to become the decade of 8-seater SUVs. Dozens of full-size utility vehicles have entered the arena recently, hoping to win the favor of thousands of families, but it’s the all-new Hyundai Palisade that’s asserting itself as the Alpha. It’s large, definitely in charge, and even shockingly well-appointed for such an affordable 8-person ute.
Simply put, Hyundai’s 2020 Palisade is like the world’s swankiest boat on wheels—and that’s the biggest compliment one can give a three-row SUV these days. We think it’s maritime to pop this sucker on your must-try list and visit a Hyundai dealer near you.
One Handsome & Uniquely Charming Ride
The 2020 Palisade is a sight for sore, SUV-saturated eyes. An aggressive front grille, complete with stacked headlamps, is novel yet somehow familiar. Squint your eyes just a tad and you might even confuse the Palisade for its Kia Telluride cousin. Upon closer inspection, however, the Palisade is clearly on another level, particularly when you open its doors and enter its mega-opulent cabin.
“Like the Mary Poppins of midsize SUVs, it’s practically perfect in every way. And just like Poppins’ carpet bag, this Hyundai houses some unexpected treats.” – U.S. News
At the top of the trim levels, the Palisade is every bit as deluxe as luxury SUVs like the Lexus RX or Infiniti QX models. Slide into the Palisade Limited’s Nappa leather-quilted driver’s seat and look up: that’s a seductive, pseudo-suede headliner you’re peeping. (Go ahead and pet it.) See that other thing? That’s a dual-element moonroof. (Go ahead and power it open.) Hear that bass? That’s the Harman Kardon premium sound system pleasuring your eardrums. (Go ahead and turn the volume to 11.)
Pick up your jaw and keep perusing the Palisade’s dash. A gorgeous high-def TFT cluster sits behind the also-gorgeous steering wheel. The heads-up display is clean and nonobtrusive. The floating command center features a useful storage opening at the bottom, some USB ports, and a bright 10.25-inch touchscreen. Spring-loaded cupholders can be adjusted to fit your Big Gulp or folded completely out of the way to maximize storage space.
“The Palisade’s silky ride quality and premium interior appointments teeter at the edge of luxury.” – Car and Driver
Space for Everyone & Everything
Perhaps the best reason to buy the new Palisade is its family-hauling capability. Serving as the replacement to the Santa Fe XL, Hyundai Palisade is burlier than the outgoing model, and it’s not even close. It’s 3 inches longer, 2.5 inches taller, and more than 3.5 inches wider. Whether the Palisade is configured for 7 or 8 passengers, all seats are comfy and sized for Americans, even the back row, which also features grab bars and a handy one-punch lever for easy access.
“Palisade is a super comfortable family car with more room than most people probably need…. Hyundai is not messing around here.” – Jalopnik
Better yet are the creature comforts you’ll find flowing through this Hyundai powerhouse. Front- and second-row seats come with available heating and ventilation. Rooftop vents are cleverly designed to disperse air around passengers, rather than directly on their face as if they were flying coach to Bangkok. Middle-row seats also have built-in USB ports (there are 7 total charging spots). Heck, the Palisade even has holsters for its seatbelts.
Cargo space is another excellent selling point; Palisade offers 18 cubic feet with all the rows up and a total of 86.4 cu. ft. when you fold the seats down—more than you get with rivals like the Highlander or CX-9. There’s also a convenient underfloor storage compartment.
One of the Safest Large SUVs Around
Hyundai has yet another IIHS Top Safety Pick+ in its 2020 Palisade. Nearly every advanced safety system available under the Hyundai umbrella is available or standard on the Palisade. Base Palisade SE models come standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, and lane-keeping assist.
“This isn’t just one of the best new crossovers to hit the market this year, it’s one of the best on the market, full stop.” – CNET
Optional across the Palisade lineup are safety features like a 360-degree camera, rear occupant alert, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot warning, Safe Exit Assist, Blue Link, and a blind-spot camera that feeds directly into the driver’s instrument cluster. Another level of intelligent cruise control is an option, as well, and it automatically coordinates your speed with the road’s posted limit. Talk about fancy.
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Hyundai’s new Palisade is destined to be the top 8-passenger SUV of the next decade. It’s spacious beyond belief. It has more luxurious features and safety systems than most competitors. It can even tow 5,000 pounds. What’s not to love?
“Man, this thing deserves a smooth cigar and some Frank Sinatra.” – The Fast Lane Car
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