Sunroof, Leather Seating, Heated 2nd-Row Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, 7-Passenger Seating with 2nd-Row Captain’s Chairs, 10.25˝ Touchscreen Navigation System, Blind View Monitor (in gauge cluster), Driver Talk In-Car Intercom, Rear Side Window Sunshades, Blind-Spot & Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assists, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, One-Touch 2nd Row Seat Slide for 3rd Row Access, 3rd-Row Power-Folding/Reclining Seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Following Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Rear Occupant Alert, Dual 3rd-Row USB ports, Hands-free Smart Liftgate, 20˝ Alloy Wheels, 291 HP 3.8L V6 Engine, 8-Speed Automatic Transmission with SHIFTRONIC Manual Shift Mode, Paddle Shifters, Push-Button Gear Selector, Drive Mode Select, HTRAC All-Wheel Drive, Balance of Factory Warranty and Only 19,349 km
Today the vehicles Hyundai produces are a winning cocktail of thoughtful engineering and intelligent design placing them at the top of their classes in many segments. Now encompassing three distinct brands (Hyundai, Kia, Genesis), they’ve cracked nuts like the German sport sedan and developed one of the largest portfolios in the business. Over the years the Korean auto giant has proven that there isn’t anything it can’t do. These aren’t small things, and Hyundai’s massive success has directly resulted in cars that keep getting better at an astonishing rate.
Normally, I don’t get excited about SUVs. I prefer well-sorted sedans and wagons, but if there’s one vehicle that could convince me to perch my butt higher off the ground, it’s this one.
The minivan is out and the three-row SUV is in. And yes, while they still aren’t as practical as the original kinder-wagon, they’re an order of magnitude cooler.
Like many Canadians, I’m a stickler for value. Show me a good deal and you’ll get my undivided attention. And Hyundai is king at packing in bells and whistles you just wouldn’t expect at the price point. The new Palisade takes that philosophy and runs with it.
NOTE: Offered in four trim levels, a base Palisade will seat eight people. Second-row captain’s chairs reduce that number to seven.
Safety features include forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, driver attention warning, and automatic high beams. There are also some unexpected items like the rear occupant warning system that can alert you if you’ve left someone behind by honking the horn and sending a message to your phone via the Hyundai BlueLink app. The Palisade even gets adaptive cruise control, a heated steering wheel, and heated seats. HTRAC all-wheel drive can be added, an option nearly everyone is sure to go for considering that this is Canada.
In order to get those captain’s chairs, you’ll need to move up to the Luxury trim; you’ll also get an auto-levelling rear suspension, a larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen with navigation, surround view cameras, and Hyundai’s innovative blind view monitor (BVM). When indicating a turn BVM brings up a live video feed of the Palisade’s blind spot right in the gauge cluster and it will do this for both the right and left sides. It works like a treat and is a feature I wish every car had.
STANDARD ONE-TOUCH SLIDING SECOND ROW – Hefty 2nd-row seat levers can confound passengers boarding the third row, which is why we love the Palisade’s solution. With two simple 2nd-row release buttons, boarding or departing the third row is so easy… well… even a child can do it.
POWER-OPERATED THIRD ROW – Sure, you could lower your SUV’s 3rd-row seats manually but wouldn’t it be easier if the car did that for you? That’s what Hyundai thought. And so, a power, reclining third row is offered on the 2020 Palisade but not on the Kia Telluride. Something to note if you’re wavering between the two.
REVIEW: A three-row SUV should have a usable third row and once again the Palisade didn’t disappoint. At six-feet tall I found it surprisingly comfortable with enough head and elbow room and cushy seats that didn’t force me into the fetal position. It was also shockingly easy to get back there with just a button push sending the second-row seat springing forward presenting a sizeable gap to climb in. If your tween isn’t a 6-footer already they’ll ride around like the little emperors that they are with their screens firmly glued to their face, powered by standard USB ports. And if you need to get their attention, there’s no need to yell, just activate driver talk and project your voice through the rear speakers like a god.
The Palisade wafts down the road with the composure and grace of an Olympic gymnast. After a busy day of parenting, it’s a mobile sanctuary; a good friend that you will help you unwind.
It even feels lighter on its feet than its proportions will have you believe.
The large family SUV might be one of the hottest and most difficult segments to break new ground in today, but Hyundai has proven that not only did they break that ground, they’re already building a skyscraper on top of it.
Late to the three-row SUV party, the new Palisade has quickly cemented itself as one of the best in the segment.