With the timely release of the 2020 edition of Palisade, Hyundai has practically shaken up the market of midsize SUVs, not only by its feature count but also in terms of its utility score that leaves many of its toughest competitors lag behind. The driving mechanisms of this utility vehicle from Honda exhibits the acumen of its engineers who has built it up as one of the smoothest land cruiser in support of a quiet cabin, that serves you at all possible ways, when you are away from the comfort of your home.
At our nearby Petaluma Hyundai dealership, we saw this 2020 model year of Hyundai Palisade gathering regular crowd, that even instigated us to become a part of it, while testing out all its utility aspect through a drive.
Make and Feel
For the 2020 model year, we found Hyundai Palisade placing a bigger grille at the front that makes its front fascia a bit more aggressive but also strongly impressive. But this change is only to be observed on the Palisade Limited trim that tops the trim line.
Measured as 196 inches, the 2020 Palisade gets 3 inches longer this time than its earlier body, that gifted the 2020 Palisade with some more legroom at the front, and 3 inches more for the second row, and even a half-an inch more at the third row. The second row also gets the benefit of 3 more inches of shoulder room apart from an inch of headroom. The materials used inside got upgraded to even better quality, feeling softer and smoother on the skin than ever. Hyundai has also worked upon insulating the outside noise from entering the cabin.
The interior cabin of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade maintains a serene calm that silently speaks about the quality of ride it assures while the level of luxury is ensured with intelligent use of inexpensive materials. Take the example of the center console made of plastic that looks so elegant with that silvery carbon fiber touch.
Hyundai didn’t compromise in providing in-car conveniences as well. With a light touch of a button the first compartment opens while soft-touch slides reveal the retractable cup holders in addition to a wireless phone charger. Seven USB ports are scattered all over the cabin to provide each occupant an independent source of connection to be used for both entertainment and connectivity. Other features include power folding seats at the back, automated highway driving, off-roading, trailer towing and many more.
A Happy Performer
At the Petaluma Hyundai dealer, when we took the 2020 Hyundai Palisade for a test drive, we got to drive a powertrain that throws out 291 units of horsepower derived from a powerful 3.8-liter V6 engine that gets an 8-speed automatic transmission to shuttle its power to all the four-wheels, if you choose that option to drive.
Each 2020 Palisade made its owner proud and happy by proving its mettle as an excellent highway travel companion that can also take up the off road challenges unless you ask it to climb up the rocks.