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Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
According to the EPA, the front-wheel-drive Palisade achieves a rating of 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. When equipped with all-wheel drive, the Palisade is rated at 19 city and 24 mpg highway. In our 200-mile highway test route, our all-wheel-drive SEL model managed just 23 mpg ,compared to its 24-mpg rating. For more information about the Palisade fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
How big is the Palisade?
The Palisade is one of the largest three-row crossovers. Few are as long and wide, while third-row leg- and headroom are among the most generous in the segment. Even a tall adult can fit back there quite comfortably. Better still, the large rear quarter windows and the wide, upright vehicle sides means that whoever sits back there won’t feel too claustrophobic. Access to the third row benefits from one-press power release buttons, as well as unique grab handles integrated into the C pillars, but the resulting gap between that pillar and slid-forward seat is merely average. The second row offers a standard 60/40-split bench seat that results in an eight-person overall capacity, or captain’s chairs that reduce capacity to seven. Space and comfort are excellent with either, but that’s to be expected in this segment. Cargo capacity is also better than most, at 18 cubic feet behind the raised third row, which is enough to fit four sizable suitcases. Only the Palisade’s boxier Telluride sibling as well as the Volkswagen Atlas have swallowed more. There is 45.8 cubic feet when the third row is lowered, and 86.4 when both rows are lowered – both are pretty average for the segment, which is just fine. The second row features a standard power-folding release, while a fully power-operated third row is optional on the SEL and standard on the Limited. Finally, storage for small items is a standout Palisade feature. The front center console has a sizable under-armrest bin, and there’s another bin forward of that one covered by a sliding cover that houses the wireless smartphone charging pad (if so equipped) and nifty cupholders pictured below that disappear to free up extra space when not in use. Then, there’s an expansive space under the console big enough for a purse, plus decently sized door bins and lots of back seat cupholders.
What’s the Palisade like to drive?
Much like the Kia Telluride that shares its mechanical underpinnings, the Hyundai Palisade offers a well-rounded driving experience free from bad habits but also bereft of anything particularly memorable. Effectively, it reaches the bar set by the vast majority of buyers in this segment. The V6 engine produces plenty of power, but ultimately produces acceleration on-par with most other vehicles in the segment. The steering is precise and gains a little extra effort when in Sport mode, but it also doesn’t keep you particularly engaged in the driving experience. Similarly, the suspension capably controls body motions and the stock tires do a good job of gripping pavement (or even loose gravel). Those looking for more of a car-like driving experience should check out the Mazda CX-9.
The Palisade’s available all-wheel-drive system has a function that locks the front/rear power distribution at 50/50 for added traction while off-roading. We found it capable enough driving on a lengthy gravel road with plenty of tight turns. However, its 7.9 inches of ground clearance is unremarkable, and unlike several competitors, the Palisade doesn’t offer any sort of off-road driving modes. But its AWD system should provide some peace of mind in slick or snowy conditions.
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Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Hyundai’s warranty is one of the best in the business, highlighted by the 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain coverage for the first owner of the vehicle. The company also now offers complimentary scheduled maintenance that bests mainstream rivals such as Toyota.
- Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles
Specifications 2020 Hyundai Palisade VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, front- or all-wheel-drive, 7- or 8-passenger, 4-door hatchback BASE PRICES SE, $32,595; SEL, $35,545; Limited, $45,745 ENGINE TYPE DOHC 24-valve Atkinson-capable V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection Displacement 231 cu in, 3778 cc Power 291 hp @ 6000 rpm Torque 262 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 114.2 in Length: 196.1 in Width: 77.8 in Height: 68.9 in Passenger volume: 154–160 cu ft Cargo volume: 18 cu ft Curb weight: 4200–4500 lb PERFORMANCE (C/D EST) Zero to 60 mph: 7.2–7.4 sec Zero to 100 mph: 17.5–17.8 sec Standing ¼-mile: 15.6–15.8 sec Top speed: 130 mph EPA FUEL ECONOMY Combined/city/highway: 21–22/19/24–26 mpg