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2020 Palisade Hyundai 3-Row SUV for the first time ever

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Source: AutomotorPro.com2020 Palisade Hyundai 3-Row SUV for the first time ever

Written by Marco Carvajal

Photographs by Marco Carvajal

The automotive industry keeps evolving, the market is growing on certain segments like SUVs and decreasing sales on traditional sedans.  

Hyundai smart marketing strategy is to adapt to this evolving automotive market and produce new cars according to consumer needs and new trends, this is how a new Hyundai SUV is included in their lineup.

The new baby has been born, Hyundai delivered a new 3 row midsize SUV from scratch.  Hyundais’s new baby has been baptized “Palisade”.

Hyundai is using the name Palisade, comparing this new SUV with a line of high cliffs, and with the strength of a fortress.  This strong name relates to the bold exterior and the sense of safety and security for all the family on board the new Palisade.

Hyundai’s classic Santa Fe SUV previously had a regular version and an extra large 3-row version, but Hyundai decided to keep the Santa Fe only as a regular size SUV and instead of keeping an XL Santa Fe version, the Palisade has been born to replace it.

From a marketing perspective I think this is a smart move by Hyundai, having two different SUV models instead of only one model with a large trim and regular size. It will be easier to penetrate the market and position each SUV separate with a stronger original identity, the new Palisade and the Santa Fe.

Even if the Palisade can be considered a replacement for the Santa Fe XL, the truth is that both cars are completely different. The Palisade is original with a unique design, its own interior architecture brings more luxury and premium style than the Santa Fe.  When driving a Palisade the pilot can feel the power and precision on the road merged into a great and convenient luxury SUV.

The bolt and elegant look of the palisade is enhanced with full volume over-fenders and body sides with muscular detailing. According to Hyundai, the Palisade is an expression of rugged utility with premium detailing, using a unique & distinctive “Crocodile Eye” light signature look that can impress the most demanding and stylish drivers.

The Palisade is bolt beautiful powerful and original. With the Palisade’s design, Hyundai’s inspiration wants to reflect the atmosphere of the modern serenity of yachting, with relaxing comfort and family adventure.

2020 Palisade Highlights


Lambda II 3.8L Atkinson Cycle GDI D-CVVT 24-Valve V6


291 HP @ 6000 RPM


262 lb.-ft. @ 5200 RPM

FWD Standard

AWD Optional

5,000 lbs towing capacity


19 city / 26 highway / 22 average


8-speed Automatic with SHIFTRONIC Manual Shift Mode

Body Type


7 or 8 Seats dived on 3 rows.

One-touch 2nd Row Seat Slide for 3rd Row Access Standard

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection Standard

Rear Occupant Alert Standard

LED Accents and LED Daytime Running Lights Standard

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Standard

Test Driving the Hyundai Palisade at the Biltmore off-roads in Asheville, North Carolina

Part of my test driving of the Palisade included the difficult off-roads at the Biltmore Property in Asheville, North Carolina. I was able to navigate the Palisade through great off-road obstacles and the Palisade responded great on all road conditions.

The Palisade proved its off-road skills on a set of terrain that included ditch crossings, log crossings, steep hill climbs, hard rocky descents, on several deep mud conditions in Asheville, NC.

Trims and Pricing

Model Engine Transmission Drivetrain MSRP
SE 3.8L V6 GDI 8-Speed Automatic SHIFTRONIC



SEL 3.8L V6 GD 8-Speed Automatic SHIFTRONIC



Limited 3.8L V6 GD 8-Speed Automatic SHIFTRONIC



SE 3.8L V6 GD 8-Speed Automatic SHIFTRONIC



SEL 3.8L V6 GD 8-Speed Automatic SHIFTRONIC



Limited 3.8L V6 GDI 8-Speed Automatic SHIFTRONIC



Additional $1,045 Freight Charge Applies

Stylish Interior

The interior of the Palisade has good materials and a high quality feel.

For all passengers there are intelligent storage functions, such as cubicles and shelves, a blessing for long trips. Behind the third row there are 18 cubic feet for the load that rises to almost 47 cubic feet with the third row folded flat.

The Palisade is not huge but it is large enough and the interior is very spacious.

Hyundai designers and engineers accomplished what most drivers are looking for, to have a lot of interior space without having to drive a huge car.

The front seats are among the best in the segment and the passengers in the rear seats have plenty of legroom and three rows of seats that can accommodate adults in almost any position, something unusual on 3-row SUVs.

The front seats are very spacious, the driver and the front passenger both have enough space to stretch legs, arms, bring accessories, purses or bags on board without feeling too tight.  The second row and the third row both have very comfortable space for passengers on board.

One of the design details I can highlight is that the distance between the second and third row is larger than in most 3-rows. There is enough space for adults to seat in the 3rd row. Also the trunk has a very good size compared to most 3-rows. Hyundai did its homework by finding the right interior measurements to please everyone on board. I can give an A+ grade to the Palisade’s interior design.

For those who love premium audio quality, the Limited Trim model includes Harman Kardon premium audio.


The Palisade is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine with 291 horsepower and 262 foot-pounds of torque coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission with standard front-wheel drive, or you can go for All-Wheel Drive for an additional $2,000 more, what in my opinion is totally worth it. The V6 engine is strong and robust, with a fairly sporty acceleration, as well as its handling and steering.

Hyundai’s smart HTRAC all-wheel drive system tracks vehicle speed and road conditions to control braking between the left and right wheels.  It balances power between the front and rear wheels to ensure safety while delivering superior cornering and driving dynamics on multiple road surfaces. Traditional 4-wheel drive systems were made for off-road conditions and generally not very fuel efficient.  Hyundai’s HTRAC is designed to combine the capabilities of a 4WD system with the performance and full efficiency of front-wheel drive. While the AWD system is always engaged drivers have the option of selecting different driving modes, like Snow mode, Smart mode, lock AWD, ECO mode.

The Palisade has enough power to tow up to 5,000 pounds, and it can be ordered with a Class III hitch and an automatic rear suspension.

The rear shocks have been pushed more vertically for a longer ride and better ride quality, along with a body that is more rigid. The MacPherson rear multi-link suspension system is robust. The 8-speed automatic transmission resolves smoothly, offering a refined feeling.

The Palisade is a family SUV that produces great performance. Driving the Palisade you can feel how efficient is the car and how it offers a superior and well-receptive driving experience

2020 Hyundai Palisade


The Palisade has some similar elements to its relative the new Kia Telluride, but both SUVs look completely different, with their own design and functions. Some of the main competitors are the Volkswagen Atlas, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Subaru Ascent, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder and the Dodge Durango.

With a low initial price around $31K, it is less expensive than all key competitors and it offers a great warranty of 5 years or 60,000 miles.  The competition for the Palisade won’t be easy, but it is equipped with all the right tools to be a successful new kid on the block.

Source: AutomotorPro.com2020 Palisade Hyundai 3-Row SUV for the first time ever

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Marco Carvajal has many years of experience in the editorial world, in the entertainment industry including events, cars, music and other fields. He also has wide experience in business, e-business and e-commerce. He is actively involved in the development of AutomotorPro.com and other affiliated car publications, from marketing and business management, to the editorial department as a contributing writer and editor for other writers. His passion for automobiles, travel and art, supports the development of AutomotorPro.com in an original and unique way, as a leader in the automobile editorial industry, nationwide in the United States and international territories. Marco graduated from the University of Miami, in addition to additional studies at other universities and institutions. In the field of business, he has created several enterprises and multinational projects related to publishing and entertainment. As a writer, the number one goal for Marco Carvajal is to be able to communicate clear information easy to understand for our subscribers, in an easy language, very detailed, about automobiles and lifestyle. He also likes to show a different perspective, with innovative style, about the information and characteristics of each car, mostly oriented to the daily life, about what each person may want learn about each car, thinking on the practical daily use of cars in real life. Marco Carvajal tiene muchísimos años de experiencia en el mundo editorial, en la industria del entretenimiento incluyendo eventos, autos, música y otros, así como gran experiencia en los negocios, e-business y e-commerce. Se envuelve activamente en el desarrollo de AutomotorPro.com, desde aspectos de mercadeo y manejo de negocios, hasta el departamento editorial donde también escribe y edita artículos de otros escritores. Su pasión por los autos, viajar y el arte, le ayudan a AutomotorPro.com a desarrollarse de una forma original y única, como un líder en la industria editorial automotriz a nivel nacional en Estados Unidos y otros territorios internacionales. Marco se graduó de la Universidad de Miami, además de haber realizado estudios y cursos en otras universidades e instituciones. En el área de negocio ha fundado varias empresas y creado varios proyectos multinacionales en el área editorial y del entretenimiento. Como escritor, la meta número uno de Marco Carvajal es lograr transmitir información sobre automóviles fácil de entender para los lectores, en un idioma sencillo, los más detallada posible. Además de lograr mostrar un lado diferente e innovador sobre la información y características de cada auto, principalmente orientado a lo cotidiano, a lo que cada persona puede aprender sobre cada automóvil, pensando en la vida diaria, en el uso de cada auto en la vida práctica.
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