2023 Hyundai Palisade
The Hyundai Palisade has been a popular pick in the three-row, mid-size SUV segment since its 2019 introduction. But just a few years into its run, where are we at?
Well, we’re at a mid-cycle refresh. The 2023 model year receives a largely aesthetic shake-up, sporting a new look that’s more in line with Hyundai's modern design language. The front sees the most updates; a revised grille surrounded by vertical LED lighting. The body profile is updated thanks to changes in the lengths of the front and rear facias. And the rear sees a new integrated tow hitch cover at the bottom.
The powertrain is a carryover; a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission delivering power to the standard front- or available HTRAC all-wheel drive system.
Now, don’t let this footage fool you. Sure, the Palisade is plenty capable of some light desert duty, but that wasn’t on our docket. We stuck to the shade and tested it in the lush forest surrounding the Biltmore Estate by Asheville, North Carolina.
"So, we’re here at the beautiful Biltmore Estate off-roading in the 2023 Palisade. Now, I know you, you know it and Hyundai knows it: nobody is buying a Palisade to do any “extreme off-roading,” but that’s perfectly fine. This is a great exercise in showing what the Palisade is capable of. So, you buy it, you go commuting for the week, you take your kids to soccer practice, you go grocery shopping— that sort of thing— and then on the weekend you want to go camping. Well, the Palisade can get you through those dirt trails, the gravel paths and up some steep contours. And with Hyundai’s new design language being brought over to it, it gives it a more modern appearance. That being said, there haven’t been any drastic changes to the to the powertrain, so if you already own a Palisade, you’re more than capable of doing this already."
So, driving off-road wasn’t too strenuous, but it was certainly fun. And I felt pretty comfortable doing it in our Calligraphy-trimmed model.
Mirroring the outside, there are only a few updates to the cabin: more USB-C ports, an updated selection of materials, and a standard 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen are among the most notable. The best changes are hard to see, though; I’m talking connectivity through a supported in-car wifi hotspot, an updated Bluelink system to allow for better phone-based monitoring of your ride, and Digital Key 2 Touch. The latter allows your iPhone, Apple Watch and Samsung phones to unlock the Palisade through NFC touch. It can be shared with additional drivers, and access can be limited to certain functions only.
The final change-up is with trims. There are five available, starting at the SE retailing for around 35-thousand dollars and ending with the Calligraphy, starting just under 50-thousand dollars. A new XRT trim sits in the middle around $41K and offers slightly more rugged styling and some unique 20” wheels.
Alright, so the 2023 Palisade does offer a little more for the consumer ready to hop into Hyundai’s flagship SUV. Though it also goes to show that the previous years were not in vain; as the Palisade has been a popular pick in the segment– and for good reason.
We’ll have more on the Palisade, more mid-size SUVs, and plenty more First Drives soon— so keep your eyes on the road and your devices tuned to MotorWeek!