2022 Hyundai Palisade
Hyundai continues to serve us vehicles that offer a lot at a great value for everyone – including families who need a larger SUV.
Case in point is the Hyundai Palisade. Their three-row mid-size SUV offers high style, a high level of standard equipment, good performance and capability. While the prices follow the rest of the class, you will be surprised by how much this tester actually costs compared to similarly equipped models.
This tester is the top-of-the-line Calligraphy trim – a nod to supreme luxury in a mainstream SUV.
Before we tell you how much it cost, we should revisit the Palisade and tell you what has changed over the past few model years.
The exterior undertook a few changes since its debut in 2019 as a 2020 model. Grille textures are the biggest change, including this specific design for the Calligraphy model. New wheel designs also enhance the Palisade’s distinctive and bold design.
What has not changed is the overall character of this SUV. From the LED lighting up front to its LED taillights out back, there is a belt line that connects these points. This continues to give the Palisade the upmarket look that is unique among its competitors from both mainstream and premium brands.
The headlamp units on each side of the large grille area are crowned with a combination running light and turn signal on the top corners of the front end. The overall design is upright, which helps in creating larger doors for better cabin access to all three rows. The flip side of an upright design is determining whether your parking is perfect. That is a good reason to use the series of cameras that appear on the wide infotainment screen.
Our Palisade Calligraphy tester is as close to a Genesis model as one could get with a Hyundai badge. The quilted design on the seats and door panels are adorned with perforated leather upholstery. The front seats are specifically well bolstered for comfort and support. Across all three rows, passengers will find great comfort and space. Our tester had the two captain’s chairs in the second row for seven passengers total. Other Palisade models can seat up to eight people inside.
Third row access is made easier by a one-touch system. A single button can fold and slide the second row seat for better access in and out of the rearmost seats. This is also helpful in creating more cargo space for major shopping trips. Starting from 18.0 cubic feet behind the third row, you can load up to 86.4 cubic feet with both the second and third row folded down.
The center console is something that will shock a lot of customers – in a good way. The push-button transmission, climate controls, and vehicle systems are within your fingertips. Above the console is a 12.3-inch wide infotainment touchscreen that has a customizable three-pane home screen. It also houses the panoramic and rearview camera system. Our Calligraphy ester had the full TFT instrumentation screen that changes colors depending on which drive mode you select. The dials change to side cameras whenever the appropriate turn signal is used.
One of the best parts of the Palisade is the 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6. While delivering smooth power, it can also tow up to 5,000 pound behind it. All Palisades have an eight-speed automatic transmission standard with available all-wheel-drive. You can select the right drive mode from a knob on the center console, with a center differential lock for the all-wheel-drive system. In our care we observed an average of 20.1 MPG for fuel consumption.
The ride quality in the Palisade is very smooth. It should be perfect to keep the occupants in the second and third rows relaxed as the big SUV absorbs various road surfaces superbly. This vehicle also handles quite well, as it corners with ease devoid of a lot of roll and lean.
The steering set-up is also accurate and solid. The on-road feel at the wheel is also solid. Braking is strong giving us strong stops for a vehicle in its class, whether in normal, panic, or winter situations. The pedal feel is also very good.
Pricing for the 2022 Hyundai Palisade starts at $33,350. Our Calligraphy tester came with a sticker price of $49,830. There are four trim levels and a choice of front- or all-wheel-drive available.
As the Palisade matures in this segment, as has its competitors. Those competitors include the Kia Telluride, Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Dodge Durango, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent, Mazda CX-9, and Jeep Grand Cherokee L.
The key takeaway from the 2022 Hyundai Palisade is you still have a spacious, stylish family-sized SUV made for 7-8 people. It is also one of the strongest values in its class. If you find one on your local dealer’s lot – consider it strongly.
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