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2020 Hyundai Palisade Overview

Hyundai should have a big 2020, based on the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show reveal of the all-new Palisade. This midsize, 3-row SUV seats up to 8 passengers and will serve as the new flagship for the Hyundai brand, thanks to its premium look and feel.

The Palisade looks like a Hyundai, but nicer. Part of that is due to its sheer size, which makes it look more elegant than most Hyundai models to reach American shores. Its elegance is further established by a bold front end, muscular yet graceful fenders, and large windows, which convey a sense of airiness and spaciousness. If the Palisade’s exterior design is a sign of things to come from Hyundai, it’s a good sign for the brand.

The Palisade will launch with just one powertrain, a 3.8-liter V6 with estimated specs of 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai says these figures will make the Palisade a class leader in terms of power. An 8-speed automatic transmission comes standard, and there’s a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

Inside, the Palisade offers plenty of space for every passenger. Hyundai’s attempt to go upmarket results in a serene yet functional space, with large windows and a panoramic roof. Options include premium Nappa leather with quilted stitching, woodgrain trim, and a one-touch sliding second row. If you opt for the second-row captain’s chairs, which reduce seating capacity to 7, you can add seat ventilation. The third row can be equipped with power folding, unfolding, and reclining. The cabin offers 16 cupholders, so every passenger can bring at least two beverages, and the never-before-seen roof diffuser provides a fresh stream of air to rear occupants.

Hyundai will equip the Palisade with a 12.3-inch customizable digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, capable of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, and pairing for two Bluetooth devices. Upgrades include wireless device charging and a premium Infinity audio system.

Standard safety features include a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and Safe Exit Assist, which will warn about-to-exit occupants if another vehicle is approaching from the rear. Options include a blind-spot monitor, head-up display, and backseat monitoring. The optional Hyundai Blue Link telematic system includes three years of service, including features such as roadside assistance and stolen-vehicle tracking.

Consumers who have been waiting for Hyundai’s best effort should take note. The brand has steadily improved its reputation and positioning over the years, but the all-new Palisade represents a definite shift in attitude and ambition, without apologies.


Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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