First Look: 2020 Hyundai Palisade [video]
Three rows are all the rage right now. Hyundai has spent the past few years shuffling its three row crossover SUV lineup from the Santa Fe to the Veracruz to the Santa Fe XL. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade wipes away that kerfuffle with an all-new platform, new powertrain, new exterior, new interior, and an elegant, luxurious example of what a three-row crossover can be. Though it shares many mechanical and dimensional properties with its new corporate cousin Kia Telluride, the Palisade is uniquely designed and executed, and its own animal.
With the 2020 Palisade, Hyundai showcases its ability to pile on features without letting the sticker price skyrocket. There are just three trim levels: A nicely-equipped SE starting at $31,550 with FWD, $33,250 with AWD; SEL starting at $33,500 with FWD, $35,200 with AWD; and a loaded Limited starting at $44,700, $46,400 with AWD. Add $1,045 to each for freight charges. A $2,200 Convenience Package and a $2,400 Performance Package can be added to SEL models, along with some standalone options.
The Palisade is bigger than the Santa Fe XL that it replaces in just about every dimension, but especially where it counts – in the third row, and behind the third row. Hyundai has reserved an additional 4.5 cubic feet of luggage space back there, which means that when you’ve got a full load of seven passengers, you’ll have room for their stuff, too.
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a timely entry into Hyundai’s crossover SUV lineup, which now includes the Kona, Tucson and Santa Fe, as well as the Kona Electric and Nexo Fuel Cell. 2020 will bring another compact entry, the Venue. Hyundai has got the crossover field covered with some very compelling choices for a wide variety of buyers.