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Hyundai Palisade 2024: This Week's Review

2024-05-31

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The mid-size SUV segment with three rows of seats has seen a significant surge in popularity in recent years, which has allowed Hyundai and Kia to introduce a new, larger, and more versatile model than what they had previously offered. The Palisade and the Telluride made a spectacular entry into the market.

 

As is often the case with new Hyundai models, the Palisade was an immediate success upon its arrival at dealerships. Since then, the popularity of this Korean SUV has continued to grow, prompting Hyundai to implement a major update to the model last year. As a result, the Palisade is now more modern and refined than ever. I decided to test it to see if all the improvements made over the past year made it an even more attractive model. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised.

 

Driving Experience

 

Hyundai has made significant efforts in enhancing the driving experience of its vehicles. Just a few years ago, most of the brand's models were attractive and packed with technology, but their soundproofing was mediocre, and the build quality left much to be desired. Today, things are entirely different, and the Palisade gives a strong impression of being a high-end vehicle from the very first moments. The comfort of the seats, the driving position, the screen animations, and the welcome chime all create an excellent first impression of the model.

 

The 2024 Hyundai Palisade offers only one mechanical option, a 3.8-liter V6. Most of its competitors offer at least two choices, putting it at a slight disadvantage in this regard. However, the V6 remains a very versatile engine, allowing the Palisade to deliver a fairly dynamic driving experience and good capabilities. The Korean manufacturer's SUV can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Regarding fuel consumption, Hyundai claims 12.2 L/100 km in the city and 9.7 L/100 km on the highway, with a combined average of 11.1 L/100 km. This is a bit high compared to the competition, and I obtained similar results during my week of testing. However, this high consumption is largely justified by the V6's performance.

 

The Korean manufacturer's SUV benefits from an 8-speed automatic transmission that is well-programmed. The all-wheel-drive system is also commendable, as Hyundai has done an excellent job in this area. The Palisade is very stable and easy to maneuver, even on slippery surfaces. Overall, the mechanical combination offered by the Korean manufacturer's SUV is quite impressive.

 

Highway

 

As usual, I began my weekly test on the highway, and I must say that the Palisade is a remarkably pleasant vehicle in this environment. The ride is impressively quiet, and the suspension handles road imperfections well. Additionally, there is enough power under the hood for safe overtaking.

 

City

 

As for city driving, the Hyundai Palisade is surprisingly easy to maneuver. I particularly liked the smooth operation of the transmission, which always finds the right gear. The V6 allows for smooth and linear acceleration, making city driving pleasant even when frequent stops are required.

 

Gravel

 

This type of road tests the quality of an all-wheel-drive system, and in the case of the Palisade, it passes with flying colors. The trajectory is always predictable, and traction is easy to gauge.

 

Design and Technologies

 

The Hyundai Palisade was already very stylish in its initial phase, but the Korean manufacturer has certainly raised the bar in terms of design with the model's update. In fact, at first glance, one might think it's a luxury model.

 

The interior is even more sumptuous, and I really like how the elements are arranged between the center console and the various screens. To be honest, I wasn't particularly fond of the steering wheel design in photos, but I must say it looks better in person. Additionally, the steering wheel offers a very comfortable grip.

 

Regarding technologies, all the driver assistance features are well-calibrated. The multimedia system's screen is clear, and navigation is very smooth. The layout of the controls makes everything very intuitive.

 

Price and Equipment

 

The Hyundai Palisade lineup is limited to two versions, which is perfect in my opinion. The entry-level model starts at $54,699. This version offers a comprehensive standard equipment package with a whole arsenal of technology. Hyundai understands that buyers want more in this price range. Many of the Palisade's competitors offer very stripped-down versions at similar prices. If you want a more luxurious experience, there's the Ultimate Calligraphy version, which seriously rivals many luxury SUVs. This top version starts at $58,299. For me, it's the obvious choice.

 

Author's Recommendations

 

Hyundai has pulled out all the stops with the Palisade. It's a competent, comfortable, and elegant SUV with a plethora of advanced technologies. It's a model you should seriously consider if you're looking for a family vehicle.

 

Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

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