Review: 2020 Hyundai Palisade Luxury – Part 5

So I have come to the end of my review of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade Luxury. While I did have some minor criticisms, Hyundai has absolutely nailed this three row crossover. It drives well, it handles well, it has an interior that puts luxury cars to shame. But what impressed me the most is the reaction of anyone who saw it and assumed that was the top of the line trim level, only to then find out it was the third of four trim levels, and were then shocked at the price. That highlights the fact that Hyundai has taken a lot of content and packed it into this three row crossover at a price point that will put it at the top of a lot of shopping lists.

My final fuel economy was 11.5 L/100 KM which given that it was a mix of city and highway driving is pretty impressive. Doubly so given that there’s a V6 under the hood of a big vehicle.

Back to price. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade starts at $38,499 for the base level Essential trim level and goes as high as $53,999 for the Ultimate trim with all the toys. This Luxury trim slots in at $50,199 and I suspect that this will where most of Hyundai’s sales will come from. It’s got pretty much everything that shoppers in this segment are looking for at a great price point. If you must cross shop it against other vehicles, the Mazda CX-9 is the only vehicle that comes to mind as a competitor. Specifically in the Signature trim. The thing is that Hyundai even in the Preferred trim level beats the CX-9 at a lower price point. And if you were were to go up to the Ultimate trim level which makes the two vehicles about the same money, there are features in the Palisade that make it the clear choice. On top of that, the Palisade has a V6 engine under the hood which some buyers will prefer over the turbo 4 cylinder that comes with the CX-9. Any other competitors that I can think of are in the luxury space which shows you how upscale the Palisade is.

Mark my words, you will be seeing a lot of Palisades on the road very soon. This is a great vehicle and I suspect that they won’t be on dealers lots for very long.

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