Cœur d’Alène, ID – These days, automakers lookingto beforehand in the bazaar charge be present in all segments. And while Hyundai has developed to become a aloft amateur in the industry over the accomplished few years, its calendar still showed a few holes.
The Palisade plugs one of them, in a big way. Absolute big.
The latest accession to the Hyundai artefact ambit takes its abode at the absolute top of the range, aloft the Santa Fe, the Tucson, the Kona, and the added amateur hitting the bazaar for 2020, the accessible Venue.
And like all those added models that accept been alien or adapted by Hyundai in the aftermost few years, the new SUV is a high-quality product.
But is it a acute best for buyers in the segment? We got to accept a close-up aboriginal appointment and drive of the Palisade.
Charm offensiveThe Palisade was aboriginal credible aftermost abatement at the Los Angeles Auto Show; the best of area tells you abundant about who Hyundai is targeting with this big three-row bodies mover. Job cardinal one for the Hyundai Palisade, as able-bodied as for its accessory the new Kia Telluride by the by, is to abduct North American consumers. Its absolute apperception was handled by Hyundai’s American division, and it’s the better agent anytime produced by Korean automaker.
And ample it is. In several ways, it wins that challenge back compared with the brand of the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer.
The aftermath alms includes bristles variants, four of them configured out of the box to board eight occupants. The barring is the range-topping Luxury edition, which can booty in seven due to the captain’s chairs in the additional row.
And accurate to habit, Hyundai has abundantly abounding in the calendar agenda back it comes to the accessories included in anniversary of the variants; anniversary one comes absolute well-equipped, acknowledge you absolute much. This makes it far easier to absorb the aerial amount credibility for the model.
One distinct engineNo accident taken beneath the hood, with Hyundai calling on its accurate old 3.8L V6 to ability the Palisade. This assemblage has accurate its believability over the years, and the 291 hp it delivers is solid enough. At the caster you alike feel like you’re accepting added achievement than that. As for torque, it can get up to 262 lb-ft. This powertrain delivers honest dispatch and a 5,000-lb towing capacity, which is the baseline for admirable in this really-big-ute category.
Working with the agent is an 8-speed automated transmission, which during our day of testing managed to accomplish itself forgotten. I’ve said it before, a manual is like a acceptable calm defenceman: you apperceive it’s alive appropriately back you don’t alike apprehension it’s there.
As for the HTRAC all-wheel drive, it comes standard. As well, drive modes can be called from, three of them adherent to managing albino and addled alley conditions. On snow, for example, 50-80% of ability can be directed to the advanced wheels, and the about-face to additional accessory comes beforehand to abstain skidding. In mud, administration is 50-50 and the differentials are locked.
Prices and versionsThe brawl gets rolling with the Essential model, which comes out of the box with FWD with an advantage to add AWD ($2,000 extra). This adaptation is able with acrimonious advanced seats and council wheel, adaptive cruise, the Smart Sense assurance apartment and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Amount for the two-wheel-drive agreement is $38,499.
Next up is the Preferred starting at $45,499. Added for this adaptation are 20-inch wheels, ability sunroof, added assurance appearance such as dark atom adviser and rear angular cartage detection, adjacency lock/unlock and push—button start. Additionally befuddled in are dual-zone altitude ascendancy and second-row acrimonious seats.
Priced at $50,199, the Luxury adaptation adds a beyond 10.25-inch multimedia screen, hands-free liftgate, exceptional harmon/kardon audio system, 360-degree camera and aerial advanced seats, amid added goodies.
$500 added gets the seven-seat agreement with its captain’s chairs. At the absolute top, $53,999 gets you a abounding amalgamation of appearance that includes ambient lighting, wireless smartphone charging and second-row aerial seats.
QualityInside the affection of beheading is anon apparent, in agreement of abstracts and of finishing. The seats are comfortable, admitting they action little support. Thumbs up to the affiliation of the awning into the dashboard – I accept to actuality absolutely allergic to those tablet-style screens so in faddy in the industry lately.
And as abundant earlier, the account of accessories included is appealing comprehensive. Hyundai has added a few absorbing touches, like a arrangement that allows those in the advanced row to allege with last-row cartage via the audio system’s speakers. It’s additionally accessible to cut the audio for the additional and third row, absolute if there’s comatose activity on or if your best of music is affair with bad reviews.
Just in case you accept bent on yet, the Palisade is advised for ample families.
The driveWe shouldn’t carelessness a few words on how the Palisade absolutely drives. Hyundai has done acceptable assignment and the new SUV delivers what you could achievement for from a agent of this type. The anatomy is absolutely stiff, in actuality it’s 40.4% added adamant than that of the abandonment Santa Fe XL. The ride is awfully smooth, as is the steering. Overall, it makes for a absolute abating drive. Aloof don’t apprehend abundant in agreement of actual, honest-to-good pleasure. The Palisade’s active dynamics are aloof to the point of actuality disconcerting.
As for complete insulation, Hyundai says it put a lot time and accomplishment into this. And yes, the berth is a quiet environment. But in one of the two versions we tried, we acclaimed an acid wind babble advancing from the advanced larboard corner. Worth authoritative a brainy agenda of afore you go for a analysis drive…
ConclusionHyundai says it wants to advertise 7,000 Palisades annually in Canada, a ambition we acquisition aloof hardly ambitious. The artefact is pleasing, to be sure, but the amount point will accomplish some hesitate. Aloft all, though, the antagonism is big and ferocious, and already well-established.
Which makes for a abrupt ascend for the new Palisade. The automaker is action that consumers are added accommodating to carapace out cogent bucks for its cartage than they were a decade ago. Remember the Veracruz?
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