Long Term Updates
Long Term Updates
Date: January 2020
We’d barely put the log book in our 2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited before the weather turned sloppy. Wet snow, lots of rain and mud. Well welcome to a Mid-Atlantic winter.
Still a few things already stand out about this all-wheel drive Palisade. Upright styling makes it look huge. Yet overall length is about the same as the Honda Pilot 3-row crossover. And, like a proper crossover, it drives much like a car, in this case a very tidy one.
“Tight spot maneuverability is a clearly a Palisade strong suit. And, the highway ride is very European. Luxury smooth yet only once and a while to you feel any bumps and expansion joints.”
As for the interior, everything from the cushy and supportive front seats, to the numerous convenience and tech features, signals a modern yet posh environment. Now, it’s time for some long distance I-95 travel, as we head south to our winter testing grounds in the Hyundai Palisade.
Date: February 2020
We’re just back from our annual trek south for winter testing in our 2020 Hyundai Palisade. That round trip put our 6 week driving total at just over 3,000 miles… so we’ve had plenty of time to get to know this 3-row utility along I-95.
While the 3.8-liter V6 is only rated at 291-horsepower, there is more than enough get up and go for effortless passing. Full throttle is the only time you hear the powertrain, which includes an 8-speed automatic. Shifts are nearly invisible too, but it does get confused once in a while during downshifts, if only for a moment.
The Palisade has a really nice, luxury-type ride, not too hard not too soft. And, it drives much smaller than it is. So, you actually do have to be careful not to get overly confident when switching lanes in heavy traffic.
Our Palisade also saw a dose of northeast winter while crossing a 2700-foot ridge in Pennsylvania during a snow storm. AWD traction was good on the steepest grades even with all-season tires. Our current 21 1/2 miles per gallon fuel economy is just under the EPA’s Combined rating of 22.
Date: March 2020
Even as winter’s chill subsides, we’re in no rush to leave the plush cabin of our Hyundai Palisade. We are overall quite happy with the front seat comfort, although it would be nice to have a position memory function.
Backseat passengers are enjoying the views through the large panoramic sunroof and the power-folding third row is one of those features you don’t know you want until you have it.
A more disputed amenity is Lane Following Assist, which tends to hug the right side of the lane, but that’s safer than the alternative. After another two-thousand miles, the 3.8-Liter V6’s fuel economy has improved to a combined 22.2 MPG. We’ll see if the warming temperatures provide another boost over the next few weeks.
Date: July 2020
It seems like forever since we’ve updated you on our Hyundai Palisade 3-row crossover. It’s not the Palisade’s fault; things just came to a not so virtual halt here for a while.
But, if you’ve got to shelter in place automotive-style; there’s no better place to do it than in a Palisade, as front seat comfort is here in spades.
We’ve driven 6,800 smooth and relaxed miles so far, and the 291 horsepower 3.8-liter V6 has powered us through Winter’s worst, Spring’s showers, and on to Summer’s heat; returning 22.7 miles-per-gallon along the way, quite good for any large utility.
Lots of tech here to enjoy with Limited trim; from the 10-inch touchscreen, to the highly configurable digital instrument panel that temporarily brings up the side blind spot camera when a turn signal is activated.
Engine: 3.8 liter