While being marketed as a direct rival to the likes of the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander, the Hyundai Palisade also happens to stand out as a surprisingly luxurious and tech-savvy SUV.
In fact, according to Doug DeMuro, this people hauler is an actual bargain, as it comes with features that not many other carmakers offer – and that applies to premiums brands too. Of course, in order to get the best out of the Palisade, you need to make sure you get the flagship Limited version, which starts from $44,700.
What this reviewer found most amazing about Hyundai’s full-size SUV, aside from overall interior quality, was its tech features. He was particularly thrilled about the turn signal cameras, which are displayed within the digital gauge cluster, offering you a high definition view of the road as you are about to change lanes. That really is a pretty rare feature in the automotive industry right now.
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Then there’s the Active Assist feature of the Blind-Spot Safety system, which, according to Hyundai, “assists in collision avoidance by providing a warning and vehicle control when risk of blind spot collision is detected.” In other words, it doesn’t just tell you there’s something in your blind spot – it actively takes control of the vehicle so as to stop you from colliding with another car.
Still not impressed? How does Lead Vehicle Departure Alert sound? It’s a system that alerts you that the car in front has begun moving (like, say, at a red light), which can really come in handy if you’re not paying attention while stationary.
There are, however a few of quirks too, such as the buttons you have to push instead of operating a traditional shifter, or the placement of the headlights. Also, the overall aesthetic of the Palisade might not be to everyone’s liking.
As for how it drives, DeMuro found the 291 HP 3.8-liter V6 to be quite decent and the car surprisingly quiet on the move. Don’t expect anything sporty, though, since this is clearly a family-oriented product.