Of the many choices in this class, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade has so much potential to make it a top pick. In addition to having personality, the Palisade hits all the right spots in regard to being a family-friendly SUV. There is enough space for adults in all seating, the cargo space is generous, seat and ride comfort are unmatched, and the V6 engine moves the vehicle around with ease. One of the contributing factors to it being a top family-friendly pick is the number of advanced safety features. Don't forget about the most generous warranty coverage in the industry. Furthermore, the base SE trim is highly affordable, and the Limited trim can go toe-to-toe with any luxury SUV. Read on to learn more about the 2020 Hyundai Palisade.
From a driving perspective, the 2020 Palisade is a well-rounded experience by offering a smooth and comfortable ride. The V6 3.8L V6 engine produces 291 hp with 262 lb.-ft of torque, which is plenty of power for accelerating. The steering is precise and the suspension controls model motions well on curvy roads. The stock tires grip the pavement or loose gravel well to add another bit of safety to the vehicle. The V6 engine is surprisingly quiet and road noise is kept to a minimum. The all-wheel-drive option boasts a function to lock the front/rear power distribution while off-roading, which is a nice touch. With an estimated 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined, the fuel economy is standard for its class.
Shoppers who are familiar with Hyundai will find the interior to be more upscale than previous models. The Palisade features a unique and elegant cabin with the centerpiece being the wide touchscreen panel. The center console is functionally efficient, rising to the dash with storage space underneath. The interior quality is so heightened that it rivals luxury models in the Limited trim level. The base 8-inch touchscreen is easy to use, and easy to see. The software even can split the screens 70/30 so drivers can see two applications like navigation and audio system information. The Palisade also boasts a variety of infotainment features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, five USB ports, and satellite radio. There is also a Drive Talk in-car intercom system that transmits the driver's voice to the back seat.
The safety features are plentiful with the base model offering Adaptive Cruise Control, rear parking sensors to gauge the amount of space behind the vehicle while parking, automatic high beams, a drowsy driver monitor, Lane-Keeping Assist, Automatic Emergency Breaking, Forward Collision Warning, and a rear passenger reminder. An upgrade to the SEL adds Blind-Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, as well as front parking sensors. The Limited package adds the Drive Guidance package, which boasts multiple enhanced driver-assist features for the ultimate in safe driving, a surround-view camera system, and blind-spot camera. When the driver signals to the left or right, the blind-spot camera appears on the display showing if another vehicle is in the spot, which greatly reduces the probability of a collision.
Hyundai launched the 2020 Palisade in three trims: SE, SEL, and Limited. All three versions are powered by a 3.8L V6 engine that features 291hp and 262 lb.-ft of torque which is coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is an option and front-wheel drive is standard. The maximum capacity is eight with bench seating and seven with captain's chairs. The stock SE starts at $33,000 and features include second-row climate controls, 8-inch touchscreen, three USB ports and two in the second row, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, power-folding second-row seats, and heated mirrors. The SEL trim includes roof rails, remote ignition, keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable driver's seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Limited trim adds a dual sunroof, automatic wipers, premium leather, ventilated first and second-row seating, heads-up display, 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound, and a digital gauge cluster.