The all-new 2020 Hyundai Palisade is replacing the Santa Fe XL in Hyundai’s SUV lineup. It’s longer, taller and broader than the outgoing Santa Fe XL, and with four additional inches of wheelbase, the new Palisade offers more legroom than the Santa Fe XL in all three rows and 33 percent more cargo space behind the third-row seat.
With sales of SUVs now eclipsing those of sedans, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade was designed from the get-go as the brand’s flagship. Officially a midsize, the Palisade is sized between the current Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.
The new Palisade doesn’t look as hard-edged as its Kia Telluride corporate cousin. Sporting the largest-yet evolution of Hyundai’s octagonal SUV grille, the Palisade rolls with what Hyundai America’s design chief Chris Chapman characterizes as the eyes of an amphibian predator, vertically split LED running lamps with low-set headlamps. Robust wheel arches housing 18- or 20-inch alloy wheels and the Palisade’s wide stance give the SUV an air of confidence, while rounded body forms exude a degree of elegance.
Including the $1,045 destination charge, the base front-drive SE starts at $32,595, the volume SEL at $34,545 and the range-topping Limited at 45,745. Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel drive is a $1,700 upcharge on any Palisade trim.