2020 Hyundai Palisade Deserves A Genesis Badge, Review Claims

The line between mainstream and premium cars is getting thinner and thinner with each passing generation, to the point where even affordable hatchbacks are packed to the brim with comfort, convenience, safety and the latest technological features.

It’s only natural that the big players in today’s market, SUVs and crossovers, offer even more. And the Hyundai Palisade is one ride that tries to pass on as a luxury alternative at a very decent price. In the Limited top spec, the Korean SUV offers premium Nappa leather, dual sunroof, second-row captain’s chairs, a 10.25-inch infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a fully-digital instrument cluster and much more, all for just $44,700.

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The all-wheel drive system is a $1,700 option, but other than that, you’re good to go. The 3.8-liter V6 that delivers 291 hp and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm) of torque and is paired to an eight-speed auto ‘box, provides sufficient power. The cabin is well insulated, the ride is smooth, handling is safe and predictable and despite being almost as big as the Audi Q7, the Palisade doesn’t feel gargantuan, partially thanks to the new architecture, which is about 25 percent stiffer than the old Santa Fe XL.

There are some minor quibbles like the push-button gear selector that takes some time getting used to, but nothing major.

In fact, CNET’s RoadShow that drove the Limited spec with AWD went as far as claiming that the Palisade should worry some more expensive alternatives, adding that it could even get away with the Genesis badge in this grade.


  • yonceous

    the Hyundai group (Hyundai, KIA, Genesis) are really making the industry pay attention

    • PK

      the koreans are turning heads that’s for sure!!!!

    • Dennis Scipio

      Agree to disagree. Although I really like the looks of the Hyundai Palisade.

  • no25

    If it has a Genesis badge, it better get a more attractive look on the exterior then.

  • 85ZingoGTR

    I saw this at the NYIAS. It was ok. I definitely would NOT give it a Genesis badge. It still has alot of plastic bits in the interior. A little more plushing up and then maybe a Genesis badge.

    • dumblikeyou2

      Yeah, but even Genesis’ looks plasticky. I was behind a brand new G70 and it most certainly didn’t look like a BMW/Audi fighter. It was lacking that certain “polish” the Germans know how to pull off.

      • bd0007

        It’s not like the design of the C Class is anything special and the base A4 has cheaper plastics in the 2nd row (something the G70 doesn’t do).

        Anyhow, the G70 is an “old design” – as it is the last model prior to the new Genesis design language.

        • Gaugabuck

          You are definitely right about that. Next design language will break away from the Hyundai genesis design that spun off the genesis brand.

    • slither16

      Everything has plastic bits, it doesn’t mean it is low quality.

      • 85ZingoGTR

        Nono. Of course not. I mean the interior still looked much better in quality than the Model X I sat in. Also, I’ve owned a Hyundai before. A 96 Accent. And despite how economy car it was, it was one of my most reliable cars I have ever had. And I bought it off an uncle that did ZERO maintenance on it. If nothing, the Hyundais quality definitely lies in its components.

  • Six_Tymes

    48 THOUSAND Dollars. Everyone has been brainwashed into thinking these prices are acceptable, and NO I am not just talking about Hyundai’s over pricing.

    • bd0007

      No one is being forced to get the loaded, top trim w/ a long list of tech and amenities.

      A comparably equipped X7 will run 6 figures.

      • Six_Tymes

        I am aware, and that’s my point. Spending 50 grand and more on almost any car or SUV is stupid, its a depreciating asset. No offence, but you and almost everyone else has accepted over pricing. Its not OK that car companies practically rip people off.

        • Bige Lee

          There are people have more money than you do.

          • drano66

            People that buy those have credit debt not hard cash money…

        • bd0007

          So is spending $1k or more on a phone.

          There are people who can well afford the top trims and sales are showing it (plus if one holds onto the vehicle for 8-10 years, depreciation really doesn’t matter).

          For example, the trim that has been in most demand for the Telluride is the top SXP trim.

          Kia actually had to stop taking orders for a while since there was a 6-7 month backlog of orders.

    • StrangerGP

      It looks like you’re not familiar with how expensive modern cars can get. Besides this is a big SUV so you can’t say that you don’t see what you’re paying for.

    • MarketAndChurch

      Ford is probably at the head of the pack in this regard.

    • dumblikeyou2

      For all the hype, this doesn’t look that unique on the road. The finishes still give an overlook of a middle grade SUV and most of them have smaller wheels than what you see in the press which make it look even more underwhelming. It ain’t fool’n anyone into thinking this is a luxury SUV.

  • Matt

    Being a Genesis model you would expect it to offer more…


      DUH that’s the whole point

  • bd0007

    The Palisade has nice interior for a mainstream 3-row – which can run w/ lower-end, FWD lux branded CUVs like the RX-L and MDX, but not really comparable to something like the GLE or X5.

    That’s where Genesis steps in – the GV80’s interior is a good bit more luxurious than the Palisade’s and should also have a good bit better driving dynamics.

    • Galaxium

      Test drove the Palisade. I was excited from initial reviews and pictures, but interior quality did let me down a bit. I was expecting more premium materials.

  • Craig

    Even though I haven’t driven it yet – I’m a BIG FAN of the Palisade. To my eyes – it is FAR more appealing than the Telluride.

  • Bash

    Yep, this can easily be a genesis. Just add that trapezoidal shield shaped grille and that emblem. Not a single other bit.

    • bd0007

      Disagree – doesn’t offer the power or driving dynamics and the interior (while very nice for a mainstream brand) is not quite up to luxury level (and not talking RX or MDX level of luxury, but more like Aviator-type).

  • SteersUright

    Great interior but terrible fog light and grille design. The silver surround is awful. Something this big should also really have gotten the turbo V6 from the Stinger or G70.

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