Just as the minivan once placed the scooter on the sidewalk as the family choice, the three-row SUV now pushes the minivan aside.
As it is introduced on Wapcar Automotive News, since the introduction of the Hyundai Palisade in 2020, it, along with the mechanically similar Kia Telluride, has become one of the most popular choices in its segment with its combination of excellent value, interior and exterior, luxury and a host of features that make it easy to buy the finished job. Which is to carry a cub through the American suburbs.
For 2023, Hyundai has given its three-row vehicle an upgrade and additional equipment. Our first drive of the new Palisade revealed a comfortable, spirited crossover that can even offer good off-road capability, despite being rarely used. With great functions and an affordable price, it remains to be seen the popularity of Hyundai Palisade Malaysia.
While exploring the roads around Asheville, NC, we found this Palisade to be a friendly, easy-to-drive partner like the 2020 original. That’s proven, as the 2023 update leaves mostly the mechanical part, focusing instead on exterior styling and interior features.
We’ll let you decide if the new armor-like grille and thick boomerang LED headlights are appealing, but the look is definitely more eye-catching than the previous version.
As before, the 3.8-liter V6 produces 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Palisade is still available in front- or all-wheel drive; we tried out an all-wheel drive Calligraphy model during our visit to Asheville.
The V-6 offers enough power for a vehicle of this size — the Palisade never feels sluggish in city traffic and merges onto the highway with ease. We recorded a 6.9-second to 60-mph sprint for the Palisade in a 2020 comparison test and expect a similar result with the new version.
While climbing a steep hill, it can sometimes cause the transmission to get confused, shuffling gears as it searches for the right gear, but the eight-speed generally shifts smoothly around town. Squeezing the throttle can also catch the transmission off guard, although switching to Sport mode offers more aggressive gearshifts.
The Palisade is also equipped with paddle shifters, but don’t be fooled into thinking they make this large SUV an enticing ride. Their constant change does not make stockpiling significantly faster.
The steering is precise and appropriately heavy – switching to Sport mode adds weight but no feedback. The Palisade rolls pretty well, although it can feel a bit tight on rougher roads, and roll is well controlled for such a large vehicle. The brakes, while lacking in feel, stopped the 4,500-pound SUV pretty well (pulling it from 70 mph in a class-competitive 173-footer on this 2020 comparison test). Hyundai has touted increased sound insulation for 2023, but we still heard a fair amount of wind noise blowing through the large side mirrors at highway speeds.
While the school bus route and Target parking lot are the usual haunts of the Palisade, Hyundai still wanted to show the SUV’s adventurous side. (A new level of XRT trim continues that theme but doesn’t include any significant hardware upgrades.) On soft terrain, through mud and deep, the Palisade proved to be a friend. Companions have surprising abilities.
It absorbs minor bumps well, and the super-sharp front and rear camera views and bird’s-eye helped us avoid bumps with rocks and trees. However, pavement-oriented tires struggle to grip in the mud and we do not recommend pushing the fender across two dirt tracks.
Inside, the Palisade is as pleasant as before. Hyundai offers a luxurious interior at a fairly affordable price point, with the flagship Calligraphy model starting at $50,195 (an additional $1,900 for all-wheel drive). Calligraphy’s interior is filled with soft materials, such as nappa leather, and the seats are extremely comfortable.
New for 2023 is the Ergo Motion driver’s seat, which automatically starts massaging your back and buttocks during long drives to help reduce fatigue. The seat also tightens the brace around the flanks when you activate the Sport mode, making it more comfortable when traveling on twisty roads or just needing a hug.
The Palisade now comes standard with a 12.0-inch touchscreen, which boasts crisp, modern graphics, and the refresh adds some key features to appease the crowd. In addition to the heated and ventilated seats available in the first two rows, the third-row benefits from optional heated seats, just like the new Range Rover, while the second row also features adjustable wings on the headrests to prevent overheating. fell while napping.
The Palisade becomes the first Hyundai to offer a Wi-Fi hotspot, Verizon’s 4G LTE service, and it features the latest version of the Hyundai Digital Key, allowing owners to use an iPhone, Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy to lock, unlock and start their car instead of keys. Six USB-C and one USB-A port plus a wireless charger keep everyone’s devices charged.
Parents will also be pleased to know that the 2023 Palisade adds second-row side airbags and a Parking-Collision Assist System combined with a host of other driver assistance features. There’s also a digital rearview mirror for increased visibility when the truck fence is full of passengers or cargo, an auto-dimming mirror to reduce glare, and a new towing mode (although traction is still on). 5,000 pounds).
With all these new features for around $50,000 – and many of them available on lower-priced versions – the 2023 Palisade continues to create a strong value while delivering driving dynamics. good and add a bit of freshness to the design.