2023 Hyundai Palisade Review: Driving Impressions (2023)

Jack R. Nerad, Independent Expert | Aug 15, 2022

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WhenHyundaifirst introduced thePalisadecrossover SUVfor the 2020 model year, it entered one of the hottest and most competitive segments in the American market. Filled with well-known names likeFord Explorer,Honda Pilot, andToyota Highlander, the segment presented a challenging climate for a new entrant. But the Hyundai formula of value, extra equipment, and excellent build quality immediately resonated with family vehicle buyers. So, for the refreshed 2023 Palisade, Hyundai is applying more of the same—more interior conveniences, tech, and safety—to improve the family appeal of its already very appealing family-hauler.

The 2023 Hyundai Palisade is smack in the middle of the second most popular segment in the U.S. market, with more than one in 10 new-vehicle sales. As such, having a credible competitor is essential to Hyundai's overall strategy emphasizing crossovers, including theSanta Fe,Tucson,Venue, and theIoniq 5—Hyundai's first dedicatedelectric vehicle.

In designing the Palisade, Hyundai product planners and engineers concentrated on creating a vehicle that would fulfill the needs of family buyers. Married Millennials with multiple children are the predominant purchasers of the Palisade. Hyundai put a bullseye on hitting their hot buttons.

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Production of the new 2023 Hyundai Palisade began at Hyundai's Ulsan, Korea, manufacturing plant in May 2022, and vehicles are currently in American showrooms. The lineup extends across five trim levels for 2023. The base SE trim has a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of slightly less than $35,000 before adding the destination charge, taxes, and fees, while the top-of-the-line Calligraphy trim has an MSRP of right around $50,000.

For the 2023 model year, Hyundai added the XRT trim. It includes special dark-toned 20-inch alloy wheels plus a dark-toned grille and black leatherette seats. The SEL is one of the highest-value trims with a hands-free liftgate, heated power front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, wireless phone charger, and Digital Key 2. Pricing for the SEL trim starts at about $38,000.

The subject of this review was a 2023 Palisade Calligraphy that Hyundai product planner Melvyn Bautista described as the best value in the lineup. Hyundai fills the Calligraphy with upscale features like an Ergo Motion massaging driver's seat, Nappa leather seating, video full-display rearview mirror, and reverse parking collision-avoidance assist. The only added equipment on the luxuriously fitted Calligraphy trim test vehicle was carpeted floor mats ($215.) With the $1,295 destination charge, the total price before taxes and fees was $52,310.

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2023 Hyundai Palisade Review: Driving Impressions (1)

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The industry slang for the type of change the Hyundai Palisade experienced for the 2023 model year is "facelift." That aptly describes the exterior modifications meant to endow the vehicle with an even more "premium" presence. To accomplish this, Hyundai designers gave the vehicle a more prominent "cascading" grille, new 18- and 20-inch wheels, and a revised and somewhat tidier rear end. Dimensionally, the grille added a tiny bit of length ahead of the front wheels, while the rear-end "bob" subtracted a bit less. Neither front nor rear change affected the interior space at all.

Two individual exterior features do add value. The rear of the vehicle now features a faux skid plate design that includes an integrated hitch cover. After all, who wants their hitch hanging out all the time? Even more important is the addition of auto-dimming side mirrors. That's a genuine plus since the Palisade's large side mirrors would otherwise throw off big-time headlight reflections at night.

Inside, Hyundai spruced up what was already a comfortable and convenient cabin. Nappa leather is standard on the Calligraphy trim, but even lesser trims get nicer soft-touch materials—either leatherette or genuine leather. The air vents are slimmer, and Hyundai upgraded the controls and switches for easier operation. No need to wade into the infotainment screen to lower the temperature or switch on the heated seats, either. The center console has an updated "floating" design that holds a lot of miscellaneous items. New expanded ambient lighting sets a mood.

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The Ergo Motion driver's seat on the Calligraphy trim is an obvious bow to luxury crossovers. It has internal bladders that alternately inflate and deflate, offering a massaging motion on the lumbar spine and pelvic areas. Second-row passengers will appreciate the "wing-out" headrests with moveable extensions reminiscent of airline headrests. Heated and ventilated second-row seats are available, as are heated third-row seats.

Second-row side-impact airbags are new, as are theremote smart parking assistand rear parking collision-avoidance assist. The remote parking assist allows you to back the Palisade into and out of tight parking spots from outside the vehicle using the key fob to control its motion. The system doesn't allow steering of the crossover, just forward and backward motion at a very slow speed.

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2023 Hyundai Palisade Review: Driving Impressions (2)

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For years, Hyundai vehicles have been known for their easy-to-use infotainment systems. The 2023 Palisade continues in that tradition with several enhancements. Perhaps the most important is the introduction of an in-carWi-Fihotspot, which, up to now, was an area where the Palisade fell short. The 2023 Palisade features a Verizon hotspot in which you can connect up to five devices.

Hyundai added multiple USB-C charge ports and power outlets throughout the interior—including on each side of the third row—to keep things powered up.

The 2023 Palisade also features improvements to Hyundai's Bluelink connectivity. The Gen 2.5 system in the new Palisade synchronizes settings for two drivers tied to Bluelink anddigital key. It offersremote engine startcapability that also pulls in climate control and seat settings. When starting the car using Bluelink, the system automatically uploads the driver's personal settings. The Bluelink system will also transmit messages from the onboardrear-seat reminder systemif it detects movement in the vehicle after you park it and the doors are locked. The alert system will also sound the horn.

The 2023 Palisade is the first Hyundai model to have Digital Key 2. Compatible with iPhones and Samsung smartphones, it allows iPhones, Apple watches, and Samsung phones to lock and unlock the vehicle using near-field communications (NFC). You can share the virtual "keys" to the Palisade via iMessage and Samsung Pass, and the driver can put limits on time of access and remove access at any time. Hyundai also provides a wallet-friendly NFC card giving access to the vehicle.

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The width and depth of the advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) are impressive. The 2023 Palisade offers forward-collision warning,blind-spot warning,safe-exit system, rear cross-traffic warning, reverse parking collision-avoidance assist, and remote smart parking assist. ADAS that are especially helpful on the highway include driver monitoring, automatic high-beam headlights, navigation-basedadaptive cries control,lane-keeping assistance, andHighway Driving Assist.

The full-displayrearview camera mirroruses a spoiler-mounted camera to send video to the mirror. Because of the camera's location, passengers or cargo don't block the view as a traditional rearview mirror might. You can turn off the camera function by flipping a lever that turns the unit into a conventional rearview mirror.

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The 2023 Hyundai Palisade provides the type of driving (and riding) experience that the typical family buyer seeks. Hyundai skewed thesuspensionsettings and ride feel toward comfort and quiet. The 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine and 8-speedautomatic transmissionprovide more-than-adequate acceleration. Steering is reasonably communicative but certainly not quick. Braking feels strong and controllable.

As part of the testing process, we piloted a Calligraphy model with the HTRAC all-wheel-drive (AWD) system over an off-road course. The Palisade encountered no problems, but its street tires and 7.9-inch ground clearance don't tab it as a true off-roader. And that likely makes no difference at all to the typical Palisade buyer.

In front-drive form, the 2023 Hyundai Palisade has EPA fuel-economy ratings of 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway/22 mpg combined. The EPA rates the Palisade at 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway/21 mpg combined in AWD form. Cargo space is praiseworthy—18 cubic feet behind the third row and 86.4 cubic feet with second and third rows folded.

The Palisade will transport up to eight passengers, seven with second-row captain's chairs. First- and second-row accommodations are cushy. The third row is better than some competitors and offers power-folding.

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The Hyundai Palisade made a place for itself in a crowded market by delivering good value and the availability of luxury features families could appreciate. The formula works as well today with the 2023 Palisade as it did when Hyundai first introduced it.

Undoubtedly, all the changes made to the vehicle are improvements. While individually they aren't major improvements, the sum-total of the changes make the 2023 Palisade an even better value than before for consumers who desperately need some. Being a Millennial parent with multiple children is a challenging task right now. The 2023 Hyundai Palisade makes the job that much easier.

Jack R. Nerad has been reviewing cars, trucks, vans, and sport utilities for more than three decades. He managed the editorial efforts ofMotor Trendmagazine and Kelley Blue Book and currently is the host of the SportsMap Radio Network programAmerica on the Road, which is available on Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Stitcher, and other outlets.

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What are the most common problems with Hyundai Palisade? ›

Complaints about the 2023 Hyundai Palisade are varied, but the largest number (14 out of 21) relate to hazy glass on the windows. Other complaints are about the engine, brakes, forward collision avoidance, lane departure, electrical system, and the seats of the Palisade.

Does the Hyundai Palisade have issues? ›

Most Common Problems with the 2022 Hyundai Palisade

There has been a total of 33 complaints to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) since September 26, 2021. Nearly a third of these complaints (12 in all) relate to windshields that crack for no apparent reason or from minimal impact.

What is the difference between the 2022 and 2023 Palisade? ›

From a performance perspective, the 2022 and 2023 Palisade versions are identical. Across all trim levels for these model years, the Palisade draws 291 horsepower from a V6, 3.8-liter engine. This system includes an eight-speed auto transmission with front-wheel drive. However, all-wheel drive is available.

Is the Hyundai Palisade a good buy? ›

Yes, the 2023 Palisade is a great midsize SUV. With a focus on family hauling, the Palisade comes packed with standard features that make the SUV a fantastic value. Beyond that, the Palisade impresses with an upscale cabin, a good amount of passenger space and a smooth ride.

Does Palisade need premium gas? ›

Does the Hyundai Palisade Need Special Gas? No, the Palisade will operate perfectly with 87 octane fuel.

Is the Hyundai Palisade a quiet ride? ›

The 2023 Hyundai Palisade provides the type of driving (and riding) experience that the typical family buyer seeks. Hyundai skewed the suspension settings and ride feel toward comfort and quiet. The 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission provide more-than-adequate acceleration.

Is Palisade better than Atlas? ›

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade offers plenty of bells and whistles plus a touch of luxury for a great price. It also comes with a better warranty and offers a bit more technology than the Atlas.

What is the lifespan of a Hyundai Palisade? ›

The Hyundai Palisade features a driving range of 357.2 miles in the city and 488.8 miles on the highway and gets 19/24-26 mpg city/hwy. Experts estimate that the Hyundai Palisade should last between 200,000-300,000 miles with regular maintenance.

Is Palisade good in snow? ›

The Palisade is a great vehicle in the snow, even with the factory all-season tires still on it. The Snow mode is quite useful. Turn the drive mode dial all the way clockwise, and the car adjusts its behavior to better suit slippery surfaces.

What changed on 2023 Palisade? ›

On the outside, changes to the 2023 Hyundai Palisade are relatively mild. There's a new, slightly more aggro front fascia and new wheel designs for the entire lineup, revised tech inside, and a new XRT model that's slightly more rugged (and offers slightly more ground clearance) than other trims.

Does the 2023 Palisade have WIFI? ›

The 2023 Hyundai Palisade is the first Hyundai model to launch In-Car Wi-Fi, which provides Hyundai vehicles fast, secure in-vehicle internet access. Hyundai owners no longer need to use their own smartphone for a hotspot – they can now purchase a data plan through Verizon to add in vehicle support.

Does 2023 Hyundai Palisade have heads up display? ›

2023 Hyundai Palisade Limited

A head-up display, a 360-degree surround-view camera, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster are standard.

Are Palisade engines reliable? ›

We expect the 2023 Palisade will have about average reliability when compared to the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2020, 2021 and 2022 models.

What is better traverse or Palisade? ›

The Palisade has 3.1 inches more front legroom, . 1 inches more rear headroom, 4 inches more rear legroom and . 8 inches more rear hip room than the Traverse. For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Palisade's middle and third row seats recline.

Are the Hyundai Palisade seats comfortable? ›

The 2023 Hyundai Palisade impresses with an upscale and spacious interior, comfortable seating, good cargo capacity and plenty of cutting-edge tech and comfort amenities. The third row is a bit cramped for adults on longer trips, but this is common for the segment.

Is Palisade a luxury car? ›

It's designed for busy family life with plenty of room for people and cargo, and with numerous standard features. This isn't a luxury vehicle, but the quality of the materials, especially in top trims, makes it a more premium offering without the premium price.

How often does a Palisade need an oil change? ›

Hyundai recommends getting your 2022 Hyundai Palisade oil & filter changed each 3,000-5,000 miles for conventional oil. Synthetic oil ordinarily should be changed each 7,500 - 10,000 miles. Keep in mind it's best to check your owner's manual and ask your dealer to find out the intervals that work best for your car.

What mode should I drive my Palisade in? ›

To maximize the fuel efficiency of your Palisade, switch over to Eco mode. In Eco mode, your acceleration, gearshift points and air conditioning are modified for improved fuel economy. The 2021 Palisade also comes with a Snow drive mode.

Does Palisade have automatic braking? ›

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)

After the warning, if the risk of collision increases, it automatically assists with emergency braking. Some features illustrated on this page may not be available in your market.

Is a Palisade bigger than a pilot? ›

The Palisade has 2.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Pilot (155.3 vs. 152.9). The Palisade has . 6 inches more front headroom, 3.2 inches more front legroom, 4 inches more rear legroom and .

Can the Hyundai Palisade park itself? ›

Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) allows you to move the vehicle forward and backward while remaining outside your Hyundai, using the Smart Key buttons to control it. RSPA is an innovative feature that helps drivers park their Hyundai in tight locations without having to risk vehicle damage and/or passenger safety.

Which is better Palisade or Ford Explorer? ›

Cargo and Utility. Though the Palisade is roomier for passengers, the Explorer fits a bit more cargo. Behind the third-row seat, the Explorer fits 18.2 cubic feet versus 18.0 cubic feet in the Palisade. Fold down the third rows, and you have 47.9 cubic feet in the Ford and 45.8 cubic feet in the Hyundai.

Is a Palisade comparable to Tahoe? ›

The Hyundai Palisade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1350 to 1400 pounds less than the Chevrolet Tahoe. The Palisade is 1 foot, 2.6 inches shorter than the Tahoe, making the Palisade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

What SUVs are comparable to the Hyundai Palisade? ›

8 Top Hyundai Palisade Competitors
  • Kia Telluride.
  • Ford Explorer.
  • Honda Pilot.
  • Subaru Ascent.
  • Toyota Highlander.
  • Hyundai Santa Fe.
  • Volkswagen Atlas.
  • Chevrolet Traverse.
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Is Palisade bigger than Telluride? ›

The 2022 Hyundai Palisade is 196.1 inches long and 77.8 inches wide, while the Kia Telluride is 196.9 inches long and 78.3 inches wide. In terms of cargo area, the Hyundai Palisade offers 86.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity and 155.3 cubic feet of passenger volume.

What is the safety rating of the Palisade? ›

The 2023 Hyundai Palisade has been awarded a five-star safety rating, after safety upgrades introduced for the facelifted model were re-tested – in a crash lab, and on a test course – by local crash testing authority ANCAP.

Does the 2023 Palisade have park assist? ›

New for 2023 includes Highway driving assist 2 and SEL Premium and up, Parking Collision Avoidance Assist – Reverse, and Smart Cruise Control with Curve Control.

Does Palisade 2023 have power folding mirrors? ›

The side mirrors of the new Palisade offer auto-dimming at higher trims and are heated with integrated turn signals starting at the base SE trim. Unfortunately, these mirrors do not offer a power-folding function.

What is the difference between Hyundai Palisade limited and Calligraphy 2023? ›

The Limited defines luxury with features like a dual-pane sunroof, ventilated front seats, and a 360-degree surround-view camera. The Calligraphy brings all of the luxury features of the Limited while adding 20-inch alloy wheels, unique front-end and rear-end treatments, quilted-leather door panels, and more.

Does the 2023 Hyundai Palisade have ambient lighting? ›

The instrument panel is redesigned and offers customizable ambient lighting. 2023 Hyundai Palisade interior.

Does the Hyundai Palisade have TV screens? ›

The PALISADE gains a new, 12.3-inch Full LCD cluster and a 10.25-inch screen for the infotainment system. This wide layout benefits from sharp graphics, and there is also a high, bridge-type center console that adds a futuristic and luxurious touch to the cabin.

Does the Hyundai Palisade have driver talk? ›

The Palisade's Driver Talk acts like an in-car intercom, allowing you to use the microphone above the driver's seat to communicate easily with rear seat passengers. To activate it, swipe left on your infotainment home screen.

Is Hyundai Palisade bigger than Subaru ascent? ›

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade and the 2021 Subaru Ascent boast plenty of room for eight and distinctive styling.
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2021 Hyundai Palisade2021 Subaru Ascent
Overall Length196.1 inches196.8 inches
Width77.8 inches76.0 inches
Height68.9 inches71.6 inches
Turning Diameter38.7 feet38.0 feet
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Does the 2023 Palisade have massage seats? ›

A comfortable, capable, and effortless driving experience characterizes the Palisade, continuing the model's reputation as a good buy within its segment. One new feature is the Ergo Motion Driver's Seat, which will automatically massage drivers during r0ad trips to reduce fatigue and increase comfort.

Where does Hyundai rank in reliability? ›

The Hyundai's RepairPal reliability rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 4th out of 32 for all car brands. This rating is based on an average across 345 unique models.

Is a Palisade bigger than a Santa Fe? ›

Comparing the Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Hyundai Palisade size, the three-row Palisade is going to be bigger. The vehicle is 196.1 inches long, compared to the 188.4 inches of the Santa Fe. The Palisade is also wider at 77.8 inches and taller at 68.9 inches.

Does the Palisade have real leather seats? ›

In all, there are four trim levels available for the 2022 Hyundai Palisade but finding the ones with leather can be a little confusing. The SE and SEL trims both come with luxurious stitched-cloth seating in both black and gray. The SEL trim is also available with leather seating if you opt for the Premium package.

Can a queen mattress fit in a Hyundai Palisade? ›

The most impressive item the Palisade fit is without a doubt a queen mattress. It required me moving the driver's seat up about an inch further than I would have preferred, but that's a small price to pay for fitting a whole mattress inside a car.

Is Palisade bigger than Armada? ›

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Armada's wheelbase is 6.9 inches longer than on the Palisade (121.1 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

Does Hyundai Palisade have any recalls? ›

2023 Hyundai Palisade Recalls

There have been no safety recalls issued from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

How long do Hyundai Palisades last? ›

The Hyundai Palisade should last between 200,000 to 250,000 miles on average with proper maintenance and good driving habits. Based on driving 15,000 miles per year, you can expect the Hyundai Palisade to last 13 to 17 years before requiring overly expensive repairs.

What are the changes for the 2023 Hyundai Palisade? ›

On the outside, changes to the 2023 Hyundai Palisade are relatively mild. There's a new, slightly more aggro front fascia and new wheel designs for the entire lineup, revised tech inside, and a new XRT model that's slightly more rugged (and offers slightly more ground clearance) than other trims.

Is Hyundai Palisade good in snow? ›

The Palisade is a great vehicle in the snow, even with the factory all-season tires still on it. The Snow mode is quite useful. Turn the drive mode dial all the way clockwise, and the car adjusts its behavior to better suit slippery surfaces.

Does Hyundai Palisade have a 10 year warranty? ›


We are committed to giving you the confidence and peace of mind that comes with knowing your Hyundai is built with the highest quality and care. That's why we cover our batteries and system components for our hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric vehicles with a 10- year/100,000-mile warranty.

Does Hyundai recommend full synthetic oil? ›

We recommend a synthetic blend oil for vehicles that carry heavy loads (like trucks) and frequently operate at a high RPM. High-mileage motor oil can also be included in this category, which is a specific blend that contains additives to meet the needs of vehicles that have racked up the miles (75,000 or more).

Does Palisade use synthetic oil? ›

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Is Palisade AWD all the time? ›

In addition to your drive mode selectors, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade also has an axle lock selector for Palisade's equipped with AWD. The axle lock allows you to shift between FWD, for maximum fuel efficiency, and AWD.

Is Santa Fe or Palisade bigger? ›

Comparing the Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Hyundai Palisade size, the three-row Palisade is going to be bigger. The vehicle is 196.1 inches long, compared to the 188.4 inches of the Santa Fe. The Palisade is also wider at 77.8 inches and taller at 68.9 inches.


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