2020 Hyundai Palisade: The Year’s Best Vehicle Debut

Something special is arriving at our Birmingham Hyundai dealership later this summer: the all-new Palisade SUV. We briefly touched on its potential game-changing bravado last month, and now we’re back for round two to discuss all the Palisade’s packaged goodies – and why it may be the “next big thing” in a heavily saturated SUV segment. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade, ladies and gentlemen…

2020 Hyundai Palisade_Last Year’s Best Vehicle Debut

Large & Definitely In Charge

Hyundai’s largest SUV is currently the Santa Fe XL, but that’s all about to change with the arrival of the Palisade.

Perhaps the most important vehicle Hyundai has ever manufactured, the 2020 Palisade offers three rows of seating for up to eight passengers – second-row captain’s chairs scale that back to seven passengers – and is 3 inches longer and 3.6 inches wider than the outgoing Santa Fe XL. Its best-in-segment 114.2-inch-long wheelbase is the same as the Nissan Pathfinder, as well. That translates to another best-in-segment trophy for most second-row legroom (42.4 inches). Plus, that third-row seat reclines­­!

The Palisade’s storage space is equally as remarkable. Rear cargo volume comes in at a respectable 18 cubic feet, up from the Santa Fe XL’s 14 cubes; pop that reclining third row forward for 46 cubic feet of room, and even a duo of 40-year-old children will have enough room for activities. About 77.3% of all the world’s pens, juice boxes, earbuds, and smartphones can fit inside the cabin, too (don’t hold us to that claim).

Large & Definitely In Charge

Is the Palisade a Good SUV? Try Great.

With its flagship 2020 Palisade, Hyundai is on a mission to challenge the status quo. No other large SUV in Birmingham, let alone America, can match the Palisade’s utterly impeccable and unique style. Most notable is the Palisade’s cascading front grille, complete with reptilian LED eyes and fangs (vertically bracketed “lighting signature”). Sure, it’s a unique if not polarizing design, but fortune favors the bold. And chrome accents surround the panoramic windows, softening that in-your-face character just a tad.

However, the cabin is where the spotlight shines brightest. The Hyundai design crew clearly went above and beyond the call of duty in creating the Palisade’s interior. Inside you’ll find numerous soft-touch materials and high-quality trimmings, including striped faux wood accents. Driver visibility is unimpeded. The dashboard has a great balance of manual knobs and digital buttons. Seats are exceptionally supportive, leather-wrapped or otherwise. There’s even an industry-first roof vent diffuser in place to deliver a direct stream of air to the rear passengers. In all, interior styling is otherworldly.

Whatever features you think are ordinary for a large SUV, the Palisade kicks it up a notch. Every Palisade comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a total of 7 USB ports, One-Touch second row seat, fully digital instrumentation cluster, and 2 cupholders per passenger. Additional features on select Palisade trims include an in-car intercom system, Qi wireless smartphone charger, color head-up display, dual-pane sunroof, navigation, and a premium 12-speaker Infinity sound system.

Also standard on each Palisade is Hyundai SmartSense, which features Safe Exit Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, and Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist. Additional safety features include a driver-attention monitor, automatic high beams, side-view mirrors with blind-spot monitoring (Blind View Monitor) and an ultrasonic rear occupant alert system. (IIHS TSP+ list, here comes the 2020 Palisade!)

Under the Hood

How about a 3.8-liter V6 married to an 8-speed automatic transmission? The Palisade’s V6 is the strongest standard engine in its class, producing 291 horsepower and 262 pound-foot of torque at the drop of a hat. Available AWD includes torque vectoring to improve handling, and a towing package rated at 5,000 pounds is an option. The Atkinson-cycle V6 is also set to be quite the fuel-sipper, returning a projected fuel efficiency rating north of 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway.

What’s the 2020 Hyundai Palisade’s MSRP

What’s the 2020 Hyundai Palisade’s MSRP?

On sale in the summer at our Hyundai dealership in Birmingham, the new 2020 Palisade is expected to come with a sticker price over $30,000. But, like the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, the world will never know—until, of course, the SUV arrives on showroom floors. Bad analogies aside, the future is looking mega-bright for Hyundai thanks to the Palisade.

For more information about the Hyundai Palisade SUV, or to apply for auto financing in Birmingham ahead of its release, call Jim Burke Hyundai at (205) 588-6283. Located near Hoover, AL, our SUV dealership can be found at 1425 5th Ave North in Birmingham. Call. Email. Visit. Whichever way you prefer to shop, we’re here to accommodate you.

Sources & Photos:

https://www.hyundaiusa.com/palisade/index.aspx
https://www.hyundainews.com/en-us/releases/2658
https://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/TSP-List
https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2020-hyundai-palisade-preview-drive
https://autoweek.com/article/car-reviews/2020-hyundai-palisade-SUV-first-drive-review

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