2020 Hyundai Palisade


Ranked #7 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$31,775 - $46,625

Key Spec of 2020 Hyundai Palisade
fuel economy


fuel type

Naturally aspirated


291 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

2020 Hyundai Palisade Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a brand-new three-row SUV, which also happens to be the automaker's biggest SUV in the offering. Sharing its underpinnings with the Kia Telluride, the three-row Hyundai Palisade starts from an MSRP of $31,775. The SUV's competent ride and handling dynamics are also aided by the potent 291 hp 3.8L V6 engine, powering it through.

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade looks ambitious with a striking exterior design silhouette and features. Also fitted with a nice and luxurious interior, it will not exactly break your bank. With a big price range to choose from, the Palisade comes in three different trims, all tailored to suit your specific needs. The 2020 Palisade replaces the now discontinued Santa Fe XL.

2020 Hyundai Palisade Latest Updates

  • Apr' 16, 2022 : The 2023 Hyundai Palisade Updated With More Features, Tech, And More Premiums Read More »
  • Apr' 11, 2022 : Hyundai Teases New (2023) Palisade Three-Row SUV Before Its Debut Read More »
  • Feb' 20, 2022 : Hyundai Bags Five Awards At The Consumer Guide 2022 Best Buy Awards Read More »

ProsConsWhat's New

Affordable pricing

Polarizing exterior

The Palisade is a brand-new model in Hyundai's roster, introduced as the 2020 model.

Upscale and roomy interior

Only one engine option

A long list of standard features

Some cheap materials used here and there

Low fuel efficiency

Over All Rating


Out of 10

Pricing and Features7.00
Engine and Performance6.00
Fuel Economy6.70
Notable Rankings

#7 in Midsize Suv

#9 in Suv

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SE$31,775 onwards

  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Am/Fm stereo, Radio
  • Heated mirrors
  • Manual front air conditioning
  • Rear Park Assist

SEL$33,725 onwards

  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Heated Front Seats

Limited$44,925 onwards

  • 1St row Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
  • Driver and passenger Lumbar support
  • Navigation system
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Radio

Colors and Styles

2020 Hyundai Palisade in Aintree Green color
Aintree Green

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

A well-rounded package in all respects, the 2020 Palisade is a competent three-row SUV with a superior road presence. Now although it shares its underpinnings with the Telluride, the design language, Hyundai uses is quite different from what its sister brand Kia uses. This flagship SUV offers a lot of luxury features and equipment more than you would expect from a Hyundai SUV and it looks a tad outlandish but elegant. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade starts from $31,775 and continues all the way up to $46,625. It competes against the likes of Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, and Chevrolet Traverse.


The 2020 Hyundai Palisade comes in over three trims, namely SE, SEL, and Limited. The Hyundai Palisade aims at offering the best possible interior ride and experience at this price, and it does a great job. The SE trim is priced at $31,775. The SEL is priced at $33,725 and the Limited trim starts at a higher $44,925. Moreover, you can also go for their AWD derivatives for an even bigger premium. Let’s check out some of the remarkable features in the table below.













Key Features

8.0-inch infotainment screen 

Adds/Upgrades to SE

Adds/Upgrades to SEL


Second-row air-conditioning controls

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

All LED headlamps


6-way adjustable driver seat

8-way power-adjustable driver seat w/ lumbar support

Full-color heads-up display


Five USB ports

Dual-zone automatic climate control

20” aluminum wheels


Cloth seating surface

Premium cloth seats

Premium leather seating surfaces


One-touch second-row sliding seat

Heated front seats

Heated and ventilated front and rear seats


Full-range adaptive cruise control

Blind-spot detection and collision avoidance assist

10.25-inch infotainment system with navigation

Which trim should you buy?

We would recommend you buy the SEL trim unless you are looking for the utmost luxurious offering. We would have suggested the Limited trim, but it costs around $10k more, while you could just spec up the SEL trim with the available optional packages. You should definitely add the Convenience and Premium packages for the luxury feel that an SUV like this deserves. Also, you could choose to keep it as a 7-seater or an 8-seater. Avoid the base trim unless you are strictly restricted on budget and go for the Limited trim if you do not mind spending extra at all.

Engine and Performance

There is only one engine option in the entire 2020 Hyundai Palisade range. A 3.8L V6 brings the big SUV to life, producing 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque at your disposal. The engine is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission and power is usually routed to the front wheels. But you can spec it up with HRTAC electronically controlled AWD too. 

The engine thrives well when you push it through to the mid-to-high RPM range because the torque at low RPMs can feel a little sketchy. So, moving from a standstill can be troublesome, whereas, cruising along the highway would be a lot smoother. The engine does not offer strong off-the-line acceleration, as the V6 gets the 2020 Palisade from 0-60 MPH in around 7.1 seconds. It also does the quarter-mile in 14.9 seconds, which is average in a vehicle in this range.

While the Palisade technically offers off-roading options as a drive mode, you wouldn’t want to take it that far into the wild without expecting consequences. The Palisade is a big and heavy SUV, and it shows when you sit behind the wheel. The heft of the car is felt through the steering. Although it is generally precise, the wheels do not offer any feedback. The independent multi-link rear suspension will keep most imperfections in the road out of the way and occupants can expect a smooth and comfortable ride. You wouldn’t want to be seated in this SUV around corners at high speed, as body roll would be very evident.


2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse







3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6







8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic


291 hp @ 6,000 RPM

291 hp @ 6,000 RPM

280 hp @ 6,000 RPM

310 hp @ 6,800 RPM


262 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 2,800 RPM

0-60 MPH 

7.1 secs

7.2 secs

6.5 secs

7.1 secs

Quarter Mile

14.9 secs

15.4 secs

14.8 secs

15.5 secs

Top Speed

130 MPH

130 MPH

127 MPH

130 MPH

The Palisade comes equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel ABS. The front rotors are 13.4” in diameter and the rear rotors are 12.4”. Braking is pretty decent on the heavy SUV. The pedal will mostly feel linear and respond quite well. Despite the weight, you would come to a halt from 60 MPH in just 126 feet. The same from 70 MPH takes 182 feet. So, there is no doubt about the stopping power of the heavy SUV.

Fuel Economy

The EPA estimates for the FWD 2020 Palisade variant are 19 MPG for the city, 26 MPG for the highway, and 22 MPG for combined driving. The AWD variant shaves a little bit off that figure, with 19/24/21 MPG for city/highway/combined driving respectively. The Korean SUV has a V6 that’s always hungry for fuel. So, obviously, it will not be very pocket-friendly in its demand for power.

It features an 18.8-gallon gas tank, which can reserve fuel to push you till you go 357/488/413 miles for city/highway/combined driving (for the FWD variant). The AWD would do a little less, with figures around 357/451/394 miles for city/highway/combined driving. Even though you aren’t expected to travel too far, you can still do a little inter-state traveling.


2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

MPG (City) 





MPG (Highway) 





MPG (Combined) 





Fuel Capacity 

18.8 gallons

18.8 gallons

19.5 gallons

19.4 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

357/489/413 miles

376/489/432 miles

371/527/448 miles

349/523/407 miles

The fuel economy is almost identical on all four vehicles, with the Kia and the Pilot offering slightly more combined mileage of 23 mpg and 22 mpg respectively. The range is the best on the Pilot, thanks to its bigger fuel tank. The Telluride comes next, while the Palisade and the Traverse sit at the bottom offering a dismal range and guzzles a lot of gas.


The Palisade's dashboard and trim layout are horizontal and largely unbroken-the Great Plains sans corn - The CarConnection

One of the biggest strengths of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is that you are greeted with an upscale and premium interior. There is an abundance of quality and soft-touch materials on the surfaces. The dashboard has a pretty simplistic and ergonomic layout for ease of access, with chrome accents on higher trims. In the SE and SEL trims, you get cloth upholstery as standard, but you can appoint Nappa leather in the SEL trim as an option. The Limited trim offers Nappa leather seats, leather door panel inserts and 64-color LED ambient lighting.

You can either equip your Palisade as a 7-seater with captain’s chairs in the second row or go for a full 8-seater configuration. Leather-wrapped steering is standard from the SEL trim onwards. There is a 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat in the base trim. The Limited trim gets heated and ventilated 8-way power-adjustable front seats with seat memory and 4-way lumbar support and the captain’s chairs are also heated and ventilated captain’s seat in the second row. The first and second row has tons of space for adults. Surprisingly, even the third row can fit averagely-sized adults, which is an impressive feat.

The cargo capacity is also quite impressive on the Palisade. Behind the third row, it can fit 18 cubic feet of storage, which should be enough space for your family on a picnic or a short road trip without compromising space for seating. With the third row down, it increases to 45.8 cubic feet of storage, which is tons of space for practically anything to store. Finally, with the second row down, a massive 86.4 cubic feet of storage is revealed, enough to satisfy all your needs. In-cabin storage solutions are also very good.


2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

Passenger capacity





First Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)





Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)





Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)





Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)





Some interior features include:

  • Heated and ventilated 8-way power-adjustable seats w/ 4-way lumbar support
  • Premium Nappa leather upholstery 
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated captain’s seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
  • Full simulated suede headliner

The base trim comes equipped with an 8” infotainment screen sticking out from the center of the dashboard. The highest trim gets the 10.25” infotainment screen alongside a 12” digital instrument cluster. The system is fairly intuitive and easy to use. The base trim gets a 6-speaker sound system.You also get a 630W 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with QuantumLogic surround sound and Clari-Fi music restoration for the utmost quality.

Highlights of the infotainment system include:

  • SiriusXM Radio
  • HD Radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Driver talk
  • Rear Sleep Mode
  • On-board navigation
  • 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system

Hyundai's first fully baked entry into the three-row SUV space is one of the best minivan surrogates on the market right now - Motortrend

Hyundai has taken a bold approach with the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. It no longer looks like a typical family-friendly SUV with no touch or style, like the Santa Fe. This new SUV has got plenty of stylish touches to it. Away from the boring old-school designs, Hyundai has made something not everyone might like, but those who like outright stylish designs will surely love it. The front fascia sees the headlights split into two, with the upper sleek part consisting of the turn signals and the lower part actually housing the LED headlights. 

The grille is large and has a metallic surround all over it. The bumper also describes style and aggression. The side profile makes it look long and masculine, while the rear is finished off by long rectangular LED taillights with a dual-tip exhaust at the bottom right. Lots of metallic surrounds have been used to make it look strong. It rides on 18” wheels in the base variant and 20” on the Limited trim.


2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

Curb Weight

4231 lbs

4354 lbs

4036 lbs

4362 lbs
















Ground Clearance 










The Traverse is the longest and also has the largest wheelbase, while the Pilot has the shortest wheelbase. The Korean SUVs are pretty much the same. With a weight of 4036 lbs, the Honda Pilot happens to be the lightest SUV in its segment which offers better performance and handling owing to its better power to weight ratio than the other SUVs.

Some exterior features include:

  • 20” wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Deep tinted glass
  • Rain detecting variable intermittent wipers
  • LED DRLs
  • LED brake lights
  • Roof rack rails

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a pretty safe car, as it gets all the latest active and passive safety features. In fact, NHTSA has rated it an overall 5-star safety rating, with a 5-star rating in all of the possible fields, barring the rollover rating, where it gets a 4. But even that is quite impressive considering the heft and length. The Korean SUV was also praised thoroughly by IIHS, who rated it “Good” in all the six crashworthiness tests. It also bags a “Top Safety Pick+” for 2020, which further solidifies its spot as a worry-free ride.

The standard safety features available include:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance w/ Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Parking Distance Warning front and rear parking sensors
  • Surround View Monitor
  • Dual-stage airbags

2020 Hyundai Palisade vs 2020 Kia Telluride

Both are essentially siblings as they share the same underpinnings. The Korean SUVs are pretty evenly matched. Performance-wise, both are almost equal. The Kia Telluride offers better fuel economy and standard cargo capacity, but the Palisade has better features on offer. The Telluride is more practical but the Palisade is a little more luxurious.

2020 Hyundai Palisade vs 2020 Honda Pilot

Even though the power delivered by the Honda Pilot is lesser than the Korean, it still easily outperforms it on the street. The Japanese is also more fuel-efficient and offers a spacious interior, but loses out on cargo capacity. The Pilot can also be more fun to drive. Again, the Palisade has a better array of standard features. If you want practicality and drivability, the Pilot is an easy choice but for luxury, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade will do.

Final Verdict

If you love a luxurious and premium family SUV that is not afraid to look bold and masculine at the same time, then the new 2020 Hyundai Palisade would be the right pick for you. It is practical, has a huge list of standard comfort features, safety features, and also costs right on par with the other rivals. Performance-wise too, it is decent. If you love its new look, you should definitely go for it. But if you desire better practicality and versatility, there are better options available.


vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr SUV

engine type

231 cu in

horse power

295 hp @ 6600 rpm


373 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm


8-Speed Shiftable Automatic


67.6 in


114.2 in


77.8 in

curb weight

4231 lbs


68.9 in

Ground Clearance

7.9 lbs

passenger volume

155.3 cu ft

cargo volume

86.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

19/21/24 mpg

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

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