2020 Hyundai Palisade Was Made For America’s Insatiable Appetite For SUVs

With the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, the South Korean automaker is venturing into a segment of the market it’s never previously competed in. Premiering at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2018, the Palisade is a gargantuan, three-row, eight-seater SUV that will chase volume sales around the world, particularly in the U.S.

Power for the Palisade comes courtesy of an Atkinson-cycle 3.8-liter V6 direct-injected engine delivering 291 hp at 6000 rpm and an estimated 262 lb-ft (355 Nm) of torque. All of this power is sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission with a multi-plate torque converter that can be paired with both two-wheel and HTRAC four-wheel drive configurations.

The Palisade will have to compete against the very best.

When compared to rivals like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, and Ford Explorer, the Palisade slightly edges out all of them in terms of peak power and torque, albeit for the Pilot which has an identical torque figure.

To ensure a comfortable ride and good stability, Hyundai has outfitted the Palisade with 18-inch wheels and 245/60 tires as standard while offering 20-inch shoes with 245/50 rubber as an option. Parts including the front steering knuckles and rear carriers are made of aluminum while lightened front lower arms have been developed to reduce unsprung weight.

One of the key elements of the aforementioned HTRAC all-wheel drive system offering as an option, are the various different modes it offers, including Normal, Sport, and Smart. In addition, there is a Snow Mode that optimizes traction and driver control in slippery conditions. The system does so by adjusting front and rear torque distribution, left and right wheel slip control, engine torque, and shift patterns depending on the available traction levels. HTRAC also incorporates an all-wheel drive locking-differential function.

All 2020 Hyundai Palisade models come with a plethora of safety features as standard. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go.

One optional safety feature is Rear Occupant Alert which uses an ultrasonic sensor to detect movement of children and pets in the rear seats and reminds drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle. If the vehicle detects movement after the driver leaves the vehicle, it will honk the horn and send an alert to the owner’s smartphone. The Palisade also comes with seven airbags as standard and Hyundai expects it to receive a five-star NHTSA crash rating.

Who doesn’t love safety in a good-looking package?

In terms of the vehicle’s design, Hyundai has ensured that it fits in line nicely with smaller models like the Hyundai Kona and Hyundai Sante Fe. Consequently, there’s a large front grille that perfectly matches the LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and turn-signal mirrors.

Hyundai didn’t just want to give the Palisade presence when designing it and have ensured that it is also quite aerodynamic with an impressive 0.33 coefficient of drag. Elements like the A-pillar angle, rear spoiler side garnish, and an optimized front cooling area help to achieve this relatively slippery exterior.

Step inside in a selection variants and owners will find premium quilted Nappa leather. There’s also One-Touch second row seats that can be easily folded away with the press of a button. It’s the same story with the third-row. Each and every Palisade seating row incorporates numerous USB outlets.

At the front, there’s a 123-inch fully-digital TFT center instrument cluster as well as a 10.25-inch TFT infotainment screen. Also found within is Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Qi wireless charging pad, and an Infinity audio system with Clari-Fi and QuantumLogic Surround Sound technology. A Heads-Up Display has also been developed for the Palisade, capable of displaying information such as speed, Smart Cruise Control status, navigation, Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, speed limits, Lane Following Assist and audio system data.

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade will be offered in Beckets Black, White Cream, Lagoon Silver, Steel Graphite, Sierra Burgundy, Moonlight Cloud and Forest Rain. 


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  • PK

    i’m a kpop fan but i’m not gonna lie. the bts intro was kinda cringe tbh.

  • Jay

    It’s an appetite for good looking suvs though..

  • ThisDecepticonWillFU

    The Harkonnen Hyundai Palisades Dropship in Dune has just landed.

  • DetrinKD

    The interior is NICE! The HD photos definitely help it’s looks as far as the exterior, but there are some details that I’m iffy on.


    Wow! Power folding Seat? Man, it’s luxurious. I wonder what the GV80 will offer. Probably superior tech than Hyundai

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      Power folding seat? Yay! Welcome to 1987!

  • PhilMcGraw

    I thought the Palisade was supposed to be the premium SUV for Hyundai, but that interior just looks kind of cheap to me. I mean the third row looks like it has less cushioning than a Mitsubishi Outlander and that’s saying a lot. The center stack looks good though, but everything else just looks cheap and ugly.

    • WELLO

      can you even afford a Benz or Bentley since everything looks cheap to you.

      • no25

        what does that have to do with anything he said? gtfo here, troll.

        • WELLO

          oh look, it’s the triggered guy who can’t deal with facts. why is a troll calling an innocent bystander (me) a troll again? stalking much, no life. and yes my comment does relate to his. now go back and play with your action figures little boy. stop trying to get my attention.

          • EL CHAPO

            Hey bro, i appreciated you defending me from this libtard at the other comment section, but for your own good, you should block this fool. He’s only trying to get you banned on purpose. People told me this guy does this to get them banned. So for your own good, just BLOCK his presence. He’s not worth your time. LOL

          • WELLO

            i’ll try to keep it civilized as possible so that no life won’t send me death threats. Ha


    Which is better? Palisade or Telluride?

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    “Was Made For America’s Insatiable Appetite For SUVs”

    …of course it is… why shouldn’t it be…?… (anyway, looks to be nice for sure, but I’m more looking forward to the Telluride)

  • Six_Tymes

    Oh please, spare me with the exaggerated “America’s Insatiable Appetite For SUVs”. Plenty of other countries have been, and are the same. Some are just starting but want them just as many do in the US. And i’m not one, in case you might be wondering.

    • Yobobjm

      I think its more of a commentary on this one in particular. It’s huge, 3-rows, probably pretty inefficient, and going to be almost exclusively sold in the US (+Canada), where the midsize SUV segment is larger than anywhere else on earth. ( In other words “Made For America’s Insatiable Appetite For SUVs”)

  • EvaH

    can you even afford a Benz or Bentley since everything looks cheap to you.



  • no25

    it’s a shame that this will sell. I’m not looking forward to seeing these awful design elements on the roads.

  • SteersUright

    Weak engine and ugly, Hyundai will soon learn Cadillac’s lesson of not understanding how to build truly desirable vehicles.

    • brn

      Funny that 291 hp is considered weak.

      • EL CHAPO

        291 is close to 300. I still don’t get these people’s unfinished thought to what their saying.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    kinda awkward design

    • WELLO

      this guy is very biased in all of the car article section

  • Love the interior. The exterior, not so much.

  • Craig

    I’m not sure why some you think this is ugly. It’s just as good looking as 90% of all other SUV’s.

    • brn

      The profile is fine, but it has a face for radio.

      • Craig

        lol. Really? I actually think the front gets ‘better looking’ the closer you get to it.


        • Bananarama

          Man, I feel completely opposite. It only gets WORSE the closer you get… The flat detailing on the chrome looks soooo dated. Like a mid-2000s Chevy truck, or the last gen Nissa Pathfinder.
          The connection of the lights to the grille… the weird fang tooth DRLs… I just can’t find anything I like about it…

          • Craig

            I guess that’s a good thing! It’s better than BOTH of us being indifferent about it.

  • Bananarama

    Hideous front end.

    • WELLO

      you have horrible taste in cars.

      • Bananarama

        Is this a troll account…

        • WELLO

          are you high

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Side view is ok. the front and rear are very unattractive. Interior is what you would expect. I just can’t see any real reason for Hyundai. they are no longer cheap vehicles and they never do anything better than the Europeans or Japanese or domestics.

  • eb110americana

    The front looks very Hyundai. I’m not sure if I like it, but at least it’s unique. The body side and greenhouse look heavily inspired by GM’s large BOF SUVs. Even the name seems designed to evoke “Escalade.”

  • Thunderbolt

    outstanding design, just stunning to look at.

  • Karl

    Unimpressed,wasted opportunity! Something is just not right about the design in totality.

  • getoffme

    Hyundai has the UGLY plague at the moment. 1st, the G90 and now this.

    • donald seymour

      Completely disagree. But I understand your perspective.

  • Christian

    Damn broteher… How can a 123″ screen fit that car?

    “123-inch fully-digital TFT center i”

    • exeptor

      Who said that it has to be in one piece!

  • MarketAndChurch

    It actually looks better than I thought it would. They need to show this in a lighter color.

  • salamOOn

    too much american, too much GM. but i dont mind. i like the interior, looks comfy, and thats what i like.
    i like that light wood decor with stripes, i like almost zero black glossy surfaces, i love that there are real buttons.

    “fully-digital TFT center instrument cluster ” – there is not a single photo of it, its weird.

    • EL CHAPO

      I’m surprised that they didn’t remove your comment since it’s seems offensive to them. A lot of these authors don’t really proof read anything after they finish typing. That’s why they have a lot of errors on their article.

      • salamOOn

        well, i like this “smaller display between two analog dials” layout, so i dont really mind. im just curious if its true information or false….

        • EL CHAPO

          Yeah, i think this site suppose to communicate with commenters instead of just removing or having comments on pending.

  • exeptor

    They probably had a good idea, but at some point they lost the right direction. This car is a small mess – front, the whole rear part, the position of the central screen on comparison with the dashboard.

  • Liam Paul

    where will it be made is my Question. I hope in the USA

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