2020 Hyundai Palisade

MSRP $31,550 - $46,400

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2020 Hyundai Palisade Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 8, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Palisade is a brand-new three-row SUV from Hyundai which also happens to be their biggest SUV in the offering. The Hyundai Palisade looks ambitious with striking design 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.

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Pros

Affordable pricing

Upscale and roomy interior

A long list of features

Cons

Polarizing exterior

Only one engine option

Some cheap materials here and there

What's New?

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


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31550

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

145 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

231 cu.in.

horsepower

291 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

262 ft-lb. @ 5200 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.4/12.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

114.2 in.

length

196.1 in.

width

77.8 in.

height

68.9 in.

curb weight

4127 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

155.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

86.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1605 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.9 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

165 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/26 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SE$31,550 onwards

SEL$33,500 onwards

Limited$44,700 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Hyundai Palisade in Aintree Green color
Aintree Green

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Exterior

7.0

7.0

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.0

Overall Rating


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 $31,975 and continues all the way up to $46,825. It competes against the likes of Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, and Chevrolet Traverse.


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Engine and Performance

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Fuel Economy

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2020 Hyundai Palisade Features

9.0/10

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 $31,975. The SEL is priced at $33,925 and the Limited trim starts at a higher $45,125. Otherwise, you can also go for their AWD derivatives for slightly more. Let’s check out some of the remarkable features in the table below.

Trim

SE

SEL

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$31,975

$33,925

$45,125

MSRP (AWD)

$33,675

$35,625

$46,825

Key Features

8.0-inch infotainment screen 

Adds/Upgrades to SE

Adds/Upgrades to SEL

 

second-row air-conditioning controls

a 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 luxury. 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 the extra bucks at all.

2020 Hyundai Palisade Engine and Performance

6.0/10

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 RPM can feel a little sketchy. Throttling and going off the line can be termed as a little lackluster, as the engine would rather keep you happily going once you actually are halfway through the tachometer. 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 SUV from 0 to 60 MPH in around 7.2 seconds. It also does the quarter-mile in 14.9 seconds, which is average in a vehicle in this range.

Model

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP

$31,975

$31,890

$31,550

$29,800

Engine

3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

Power

291 hp @ 6,000 rpm

291 hp @ 6,000 rpm

280 hp @ 6,000 rpm

310 hp @ 6,800 rpm

Torque 

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 

7.2 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

N/A

130 MPH

The Traverse easily delivers the most horses in the chart, while the Pilot falls behind the pack. However, in reality, the Pilot is the quickest, with a 0-60 time of 6.5 seconds, while the rest takes 7 seconds or more. The Pilot also finishes the quarter-mile first, recording a time of 14.8 seconds, while it is followed by the Hyundai Palisade clocking a time of 14.9 seconds. 

How well does the 2020 Hyundai Palisade handle?

While the Palisade technically offers off-roading options as a drive mode, you wouldn’t want to take this far into the wild without 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. AWD can be equipped for additional stability on the ground and off-roads. 

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. The transmission also shifts smoothly, but it can get worn out while going up hills. You wouldn’t want to chuck in this at corners at high speed, as body roll would be very evident.

2020 Hyundai Palisade Braking Performance

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.

Model

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

Brake Rotors Front

13.4

13.4

12.6

12.6

Brake Rotors Rear

12.4

12

13

12.4

Curb Weight

4127

4211

4036

4362

60-0 MPH

126

N/A

N/A

126

The Telluride and the Palisade boast the largest brakes at the front. The SUVs are also pretty equal in terms of weight, while the Pilot shaves a few pounds off. It has higher stopping power, coming to a halt in only 116 ft. The rest perform equally. However, the lightest car among the competition is the Honda Pilot.

2020 Hyundai Palisade Fuel Economy

4.0/10

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. The EPA estimates for the FWD variant are 19 for the city, 26 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.

It features an 18.8-gallon gas tank, which can store 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.

Model

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

MPG (City) 

19

20

19

18

MPG (Highway) 

26

26

27

27

MPG (Combined) 

22

23

22

21

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.

2020 Hyundai Palisade Interior

One of the biggest strengths of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is the roominess and airiness of the interior. You are also 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 seats are also quite comfortable and the high trims get beautiful trimmed leather.

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.

Model

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

Passenger capacity

7

7

8

8

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

40.7/61.2/44.1

40.9/61.6/44.1

40.1/62.0/40.9

41.3/62.1/41.0

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

40.1/60.8/42.4

40.2/61.2/42.4

40.2/62.0/38.4

40.0/62.2/38.4

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

37.8/55.2/31.4

38.1/55.3/31.4

38.9/57.6/31.9

38.2/57.5/33.5

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

18.0

21.0

16.5

23.0 

All the three SUVs are actually pretty spacious, with the second row in the Korean brothers being a tad more practical. The third row is pretty spacious in all of the SUVs, but the Palisade and Pilot fall behind in the race with their standard cargo capacity. Nevertheless, the Chevrolet Traverse vaunts a cargo space of 23 cubic feet which is sufficient to accommodate luggage for your weekend getaway. 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

What’s there to keep you entertained?

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 standard features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rearview monitor, Bluetooth, HD radio, SiriusXM Radio, USB ports, etc. The base trim gets a 6-speaker sound system. The higher trims get a wireless charging pad, heads-up display, onboard navigation, Blue Link Connected car, driver talk (in-car intercom for second and third-row communication), Rear Sleep Mode, etc. 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:

  • 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

2020 Hyundai Palisade Exterior

7.0/10

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. 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 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.

Model

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

Curb Weight

4127

4211

4036

4362

Length

196.1"

196.9"

196.5"

204.3"

Width 

77.8"

78.3"

78.6"

78.6"

Height 

68.9"

68.9"

70.6"

70.7"

Ground Clearance 

7.9"

8.0"

7.3"

N/A

Wheelbase

114.2"

114.2"

111.0"

120.9"

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

2020 Hyundai Palisade Safety

The Hyundai Palisade is a pretty safe car. 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 Competition

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 Palisade will do.

2020 Hyundai Palisade vs 2020 Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse offers similar levels of performance despite having more power than the Korean SUV. When it comes to riding and handling, the Palisade will feel better and impress more people. The Traverse is also luxurious, but also more practical than the Palisade, but it does not offer the list of standard features that Palisade does. Once again, it comes down to practicality vs luxury.

2020 Hyundai Palisade Final Verdict

If you love a luxurious and premium family SUV that is not afraid to look bold and masculine, then the new Hyundai Palisade would be the right pick for you. It is practical, has a huge list of standard 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.

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