Hyundai’s all-new midsize Palisade SUV replaces and outpaces the automaker’s Santa Fe XL by providing more headroom, legroom, and cargo volume. As the new flagship SUV, the three-row Palisade boasts a strong body structure via its advanced high strength steel (AHSS) usage in the vehicle structure and 18 suspension components. AHSS usage and hoop-type reinforcements contribute to handling stability. The vehicle’s foam-filled pillars, acoustic windshield/side glass contribute to a quiet interior. During a week-long Palisade test drive, cabin quietness and ride comfort topped a long-list of positive impressions. Palisade’s aero-smoothness -- partially attributed to front and rear wheel aero-deflectors, underside cover panels, and the A-pillar slant -- help net a 0.33 Cd.
Powering the tested Palisade Limited AWD is a 3.8-liter V6 with idle stop and go that produces 291 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 262 pounds-feet of torque at 5200 rpm. The engine mates to an 8-speed automatic. The 16.3-feet long Palisade is offered in three trims: SE, SEL, and Limited. Riders will unwind with plenty of legroom (44.1 inches front seat; 42.4 inches second row; 31.4 inches third row). Cargo volume is also plentiful at 86.4 cubic feet behind the front seats, 45.8 cubic feet behind the second row, and 18 cubic feet behind the third row. Hyundai Limited standards include 20-inch wheels, LED headlights/taillights/daytime running lights, driver talk- in-car intercom, and wireless phone charger. The tested 114.2-inch wheelbase Palisade Limited AWD collects estimated mpg of 19 city/24 highway and carries a MSRP of $46,625.