The Palisade is Hyundai's largest SUV, and the only one to offer three rows with seating for up to eight. Since its debut in 2020, the Palisade has been a hot seller, along with its mechanically identical twin, the Kia Telluride. Some of the Palisade's chief competitors include the Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent, and Mazda CX-9.
There's a reason—several, actually—why the Palisade is such a hit with buyers. The packaging is fantastic, and even third-row passengers have fairly decent room (though legroom is still tight back there). A lot has been written about the Palisade's impressive interior, and for good reason: lots of high-quality materials abound, even on lower-priced trims. And speaking of price, the Palisade is a serious value play, offering a higher number of features than its competition at or below the same price point.
Still, it isn't perfect. We found the powertrain lacking in a recent comparison, and there's no uplevel engine option. Beautiful as they may look, the seats were harder than they appeared, and a brittle suspension only added to the discomfort. While the Palisade comes standard with a wide array of safety features, the performance of its lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control tech left room for improvement. And given the Palisade's wild popularity, many buyers are paying over sticker, effectively obviating that value play.
The 2022 Palisade is powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 with 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy ratings are 19/26 mpg city/highway in FWD guise and 19/24 mpg with AWD. Our FWD Palisade scooted from 0-60 in 7.1 seconds, about average for the field. A $475 hitch enables the Palisade to tow up to 5,000 pounds in both FWD and AWD versions.
The Palisade earned top scores from NHTSA with a five-star overall rating, and from the IIHS, which rated it a 2021 Top Safety Pick+ for all trims. These ratings make the Palisade one of the safest SUVs for sale today.
Standard driver assist features include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist with centering function, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear automatic emergency braking, driver attention warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. For 2022, now every Palisade trim level comes with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and safe exit assist as standard.
The Palisade exists right in the sweet spot of the midsize three-row SUV segment, offering cargo space at or near the top of its class in most respects. While the third-row experience will never rival that of a minivan's, at least the Palisade is much more spacious in back than the penalty-box Toyota Highlander.
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The Palisade's infotainment system is the latest iteration of Hyundai's user-friendly unit, featuring a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. A larger 10.3-inch unit with built-in navigation and the capability to connect to multiple devices via Bluetooth is optional on the SEL grade and standard on the Limited and Calligraphy variants. A 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and a head-up display are also standard on the Limited and Calligraphy trims.
Given that the 3.8-liter V-6 is standard on all trims, the choice really comes down to the must-have features. At first glance, the Limited trim seems to be the most ideal in terms of options, but that $45,000+ price tag can be tough to swallow—especially considering the feature/price gap from the SEL trim. That said, choosing SEL unlocks some standalone options not available on SE, such as leather seating, a larger touchscreen, and a power liftgate. A lightly optioned SEL would be our choice, delivering a comfortable Palisade experience without breaking the bank.
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