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2021 Hyundai Palisade Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 13, 2020

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The 2021 Palisade is a mid-size SUV from the Korean Marque automaker Hyundai and a spiritual successor to the Hyundai Santa Fe XL. Although as seen with the other Hyundai's, the Palisade is completely a value for money based proportion. It nevertheless bridges the gap for us common folks to enter into the luxury segment. It has far more room than its predecessor, with an accommodating third row and a larger cargo area. The 2021 Hyundai Palisade shares its platform with the Kia Telluride, including the potent powertrain, and the sumptuous quilted leather interior setup that pampers you all day long.

2021 Hyundai Palisade lineup wallpaper

For the year 2021, the Hyundai Palisade gets a brand new Calligraphy model that will be placed atop the Limited trim, also for an affordable price-tag of $47,750. It takes the luxury quotient further up with a set of opulent features. Now having said that, this might be the only major change being brought in for 2021, as the rest of the Palisade is carried forward from 2020 untarnished. Prices for the 2021 Hyundai Palisade start at $32,525 for the base trim, whereas the top-of-the-line Limited trim sets you back by $46,825. Each and every trim gets a 3.8-liter V6 that delivers an exceptional grunt throughout although ironically taking care of the fuel-economy part too simultaneously.


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Pros

Spacious interior

Generous amount of standard features

Competitive pricing

Eye-catching Calligraphy trim

Cons

Rivals have quicker acceleration

Wind noise at freeway speeds

Below average reliability score

What's New?

New Calligraphy model

Wireless smartphone integration standard 

SEL trim gains a sunroof and LED interior lighting

Trailer pre-wiring goes from 4-pin to 7-pin


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2021 Hyundai Palisade in Burgundy Metallic color
Burgundy Metallic

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Ratings

Features

9.0

Maintenance, Reliability And Warranty

7.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Hyundai Palisade SE

SE

power
291 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$31,775 - $33,475


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $31,775 MSRP (19/21/26) 291 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 8
SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $33,475 MSRP (19/21/24) 291 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 8

2021 Hyundai Palisade SEL

SEL

power
291 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$33,725 - $35,425


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $33,725 MSRP (19/21/26) 291 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
SEL 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $35,425 MSRP (19/21/24) 291 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

2021 Hyundai Palisade Limited

Limited

power
291 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$44,925 - $46,625


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $44,925 MSRP (19/21/26) 291 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $46,625 MSRP (19/21/24) 291 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

Expert Review

7.7

Overall Rating


The 2021 Hyundai Palisade is a midsize 3-row SUV with seating for eight occupants, or seven in the higher trims. The 2021 Palisade is so uber-lusciously set up, that it may even cater to the minds of those in the glamour industry. Palisade whole-heartedly carries forward the reigns of the previously known Santa Fe, also a crossover icon fortuitously. The 2021 Palisade brings the outright luxury quotient closer to the performance aspect, all the while keeping in the agile and dynamic ride quality at bay.

The 2021 Palisade comes with 3 different trims with all the bells and whistles you could think of, and also an even posher Calligraphy trim, which takes it one step further, into the unattainable zone. All these trims are different in their hearts and minds, but identical in terms of their attire. Plunged against heavyweights like the Honda Pilot, Volkswagen Atlas, Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, and its cousin, Kia Telluride that won the world car of the year for 2020, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade still remains a convincing challenger. 

2021 Hyundai Palisade front view
2021 Hyundai Palisade rear view

9.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior


2021 Hyundai Palisade Features

9.0/10

Hyundai is planning to carry forward all the three trim levels viz. SE, SEL, and Limited trim unscathed. The new Calligraphy trim will make the already luxurious SUV even more costly and upscale with the addition of unique exterior lighting elements, bold 20” alloy wheels, along with a unique chrome finish to the grille. The Calligraphy model is the only one amongst the Palisade lineup that comes with an AWD setup as standard. On the inside, the new trim will get a faux-suede headliner, quilted-leather upholstery on the doors and seats, and a perforated leather wrap on the steering wheel, amongst other features.

2021 Hyundai Palisade's Calligraphy trim

For 2021, as we've mentioned previously, the Palisade is carried forward unscathed, although Hyundai have found in themselves to at least streamline and repackage the feature-list across the trims. Every 2021 Palisade trim comes with a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter Naturally Aspirated V6 engine and a slick 8-Speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and the HTRAC all-wheel-drive system is available for $1,700. For the 2021 model, however, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard on all trims along with LED headlamps and HD Radio. Furthermore, the features of the Drive Guidance Package have been divided and added to the Premium package and above.

Trim

SE

SEL

Limited

Calligraphy

MSRP (FWD)

$32,525

$35,175

$45,125

N/A

MSRP (AWD) $34,225 $36,875 $46,825 $47,750
Engine 3.8L NA V6 3.8L NA V6 3.8L NA V6 3.8L NA V6

Key Features

Trailering Package

In addition to or replaces the SE trim features with:

In addition to or replaces the SEL trim features with:

In addition to or replaces the Limited trim features with:

 

18-inch alloy wheels painted finish

Satin chrome door handles

8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with 4-way lumbar support

HTRAC All-Wheel Drive

  Bi-LED projector headlamps w\LED position lights

Roof side rails

Body-colored wheel arches

Downhill Brake Control

 

Front variable intermittent windshield wipers

Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Quilted leather upholstery

 

6-way manually adjustable driver's seat

Second-row captain’s chairs (bench seats also available as an option)

Premium Nappa leather seating

SNOW mode

  Cargo under-floor storage

Power sunroof

12.3-inch digital instrument cluster

Exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels

  8-inch display infotainment system

Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance System

Melange headliner

Calligraphy exclusive grille

  Body-colored heated outside mirrors

Machined faced wheels

Ventilated front seats  

The base trim SE starts at $32,525 and can be also had with an AWD setup for a price-tag of $34,225. It comes with eight seats, cloth upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Standard infotainment technology includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, three first-row USB ports, two second-row USB ports, and Bluetooth. All-in-all a value-based proportion.

The SEL trim starts at $35,175 for the FWD setup, which can also be equipped with an AWD setup for a price-tag of $36,875. It comes standard with second-row captain's chairs that seat seven. A second-row bench seat that increases seating to eight is available at no cost. Apart from the additional standard features, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade SEL trim can also be had with a Convenience Package that brings in 20-inch alloys and a 7-inch high-res cluster display among other creature comforts. Then there is also the case of the Premium Package which brings in even better creature comforts to the mix.

The range-topping Limited trim starts at $45,125 with the FWD and $46,825 with the AWD setup. It builds off on the SEL trim level. It includes the Convenience, Premium, and Driver Guidance packages. This seven-seat SUV comes only with second-row captain's chairs in this trim. It has ventilated front and rear seats, and the driver's seat gets additional adjustments for lumbar support and leg cushion extensions and is by far our trim recommendation for you folks.

2021 Hyundai Palisade Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

7.0/10

Hyundai cars typically have a good build quality and tremendous reliability, and the Hyundai Palisade is no exception. The brand new, 2021 Hyundai Palisade is a three-row, crossover SUV that is built for the modern family. It features upscale style and elegance combined with uber versatility and power. Is Hyundai’s newest offering a reliable vehicle? Since 2020 is the Palisade’s first model year, there is no detailed reliability data available. However, the Hyundai brand is well known in the automotive circuits to have far and wide gained a reputation in terms of reliability.

In 1998, just a few years after it began selling cars in the United States, Hyundai turned heads with its ground-breaking warranty. The “America’s Best Warranty” blew the competition away, and Hyundai still holds its title to this date. Hyundai’s comprehensive warranty assures drivers of the vehicle’s reliability by offering a host of coverages. Moreover, Hyundai's after-sales quotient is all the more an encouraging reason that people choose to buy it.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

Although being a well-built car, when it is packed with lots of high-tech features and amenities, they are more often than not prone to develop issues and the Palisade is also not immune to that, which is evident from the one recall that the 2020 model has got along with a plethora of different complaints from the customers, which is a bit of an issue, as in 2020, it was in its first year. Unfortunately, being a newly launched SUV, the 2021 Palisade has not been rated by the J.D. Power reliability report, although we have the ratings for the 2020 MY, which is a decent 77 out of 100.

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade has had only one recall yet, which began on December 20, 2019. The problem is reported that the side curtain airbags during deployment may be damaged by the mounting bolts used to secure them. Several complaints regarding different issues show that the vehicle is prone to developing problems, which is not ordinary for a feature-packed car like the Palisade. The only piece of consolation is that Hyundai will have acted upon these issues for the 2021 Palisade.

In terms of ownership costs, the Hyundai Palisade should cost what is typical for your average mid-size SUV. On average, you will have to shell out roughly about $40,000 to $57,000 in 5 years in terms of ownership costs when you buy a brand new Hyundai Palisade depending on the trim level. This is not a surprise for a decently up-market luxury SUV. Like its predecessor, the depreciation rate of Palisade should also be quite low compared to other SUVs, solely because it holds the Hyundai badge up front. Now, as the Palisade is in its second year only, the ownership costs could not be calculated, as it requires a minimum of 5 years.

When it comes to the Hyundai Palisade's price tag across the US, the average price paid for the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is about $33,551. The people from Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Atlanta, and Delaware enjoy the lowest prices as they have exempted the sales taxes.

State

MSRP(Base Trim)

Arizona

$33,045

California

$32,085

Florida

$31,550

Michigan

$31,550

Texas

$33,145

Warranty Coverage

Hyundai offers the most-extended powertrain warranty in the business, at ten years or 100,000 miles for the original owner. This covers the repair and replacement of the original manufacturer’s parts for the engine and transmission. If the vehicle fails an EPA-approved inspection, Hyundai will replace emissions control components including:

  • Engine Control Module
  • Catalytic Converter
  • Onboard Emissions Diagnostic Device

Apart from that, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade's warranty coverage includes-

Criteria

Period

New Vehicle Limited Warranty

5 years/ 60,000 miles (whichever comes first)

Powertrain Limited Warranty

10 years/ 100,000 miles (whichever comes first)

Anti-perforation

7 years / unlimited miles (whichever comes first)

24/7 Roadside Assistance Program

5 years / unlimited miles

Hyundai Palisade owners get 24-hour roadside assistance for five years. This covers any roadside emergency, including a flat tire, running out of fuel, a jump start, or any other issue. The warranty scheme for the Hyundai Palisade is reassuring and is better than some of its competitors out there in the market.

Miles Per Dollar

Considering driving the Hyundai Palisade for 15,000 miles per year, on average. Maintenance cost for the Palisade may amount up to somewhere around $250 after the first year, that is. Hence, miles per dollar for the Hyundai Palisade stands roughly in the neighborhood of 1.32 to 1.88 miles per dollar, which is generally considered as quite affordable.


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2021 Hyundai Palisade Buying Advice

The base SE trim should be adequate for most people or shoppers who want to maximize practicality and minimize cost. The SEL trim provides the sweet-spot in terms of bang for your buck value. Moving up to this trim adds about $2,000 to your Hyundai Palisade price tag and combines cabin comforts such as heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. Although, our recommendation would be to go for the Limited trim level as it features all the bells and whistles one would expect in an SUV of its caliber.

Is buying a Used Hyundai Palisade a good idea?

Since Hyundai cars are pretty well made and are quite reliable, buying a used Palisade should never be an issue, given the car has been decently well maintained and regularly serviced. But, as the Palisade is a comparatively new car and as it should also have a relatively low depreciation rate, nevertheless finding one at a low price won’t be that easy. It’s too early to know how the Hyundai Palisade’s resale values will hold up. Hyundai’s residuals have improved in recent years, but Honda and Toyota still hold their advantages.

2021 Hyundai Palisade Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Like the 2020 model, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade will be powered by the same 3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6 engine across the trim level. The engine produces a maximum of 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The transmission duties for the 2021 Hyundai Palisade are taken care of by the slick eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts smooth, and the standard paddle-shifters that also add to the fun. For usual commuting, that’s plenty of muscle. But with a full load of passengers or when towing the 2021 Palisade’s 5,000-pound maximum tow ratings, some drivers may wish for more than the 262 lb-ft of torque on offer.

But this is not where the Palisade shows off its might, it excels over its rivals when it comes to an inspiring ride and handling dynamics. The 2021 Hyundai Palisade can be had in both FWD and AWD setup. Power delivery this time around in the 2021 Palisade is more evident than it was previously. Having said that, you'd be better off with not pushing the hefty SUV to its limits, as it might struggle to cope up. What you need is to experience the Palisade at an adequate RPM figure of 4000, and sit back and relax for a pleasant drive, as that is what it was intended to do.

Models

2021 Hyundai Palisade SE

2021 Kia Telluride LX

2021 Honda Pilot LX

2021 Chevrolet Traverse LS

MSRP

$32,525

$31,990

$31,450

$29,800

Engine

3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic transmission

8-speed automatic transmission

9-speed automatic transmission

9-speed automatic transmission

Power 

291 hp @ 6000 rpm*

291 hp @ 6000 rpm

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

310 hp @ 6800 RPM

Torque 

262 lb-ft @ 5200 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 5200 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM

266 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

Although the 2021 Hyundai Palisade is not as nearly powerful as the segment-best 2021 Chevrolet Traverse in terms of outright figures, the 2021 Palisade is decently powerful enough for everyday commute and long journeys. However, acceleration isn’t as swift as in some rivals, although come to think of it that's all you can expect from 262 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Traverse' price to power ratio is the best in the segment.

2021 Hyundai Palisade's Acceleration And Braking Performance

The 3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6 engine coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission is capable of catapulting the 2021 Palisade from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 130 mph. The HTRAC AWD system uses an electronic clutch to send up to 50 percent of available torque to the rear. HTRAC has a 50/50 lock mode splitting power evenly between the front and rear axles for slippery conditions, which allows the 2021 Palisade to stick firmly to the ground while achieving insane speeds. 

The mid-range punch is the best in the 2021 Palisade when equipped with the potent 8-speed gearbox, as it allows the SUV to take on high-speed highway maneuvers quite easily. Regarding the brakes in the car, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade is equipped with ventilated discs at the front with solid plates at the back with 4-wheel ABS and Electronic Brake-force distribution. While the exact braking figures of the Palisade are not available, it is expected to be at par with the rest of the bunch.

Models

2021 Hyundai Palisade SE

2021 Kia Telluride LX

2021 Honda Pilot LX

2021 Chevrolet Traverse LS

0-60 MPH 

7.2 secs

7.2 secs

6.7 secs

6.9 secs

Quarter Mile 

15.6 secs

15.4 secs

15.3 secs

15.5 secs

Top Speed

130 MPH

141 MPH

114 MPH

130 MPH

60-0 MPH

126 ft

120 ft

129 ft

120 ft

Although not one of the quickest in the bunch, the performance figures of the 2021 Hyundai Palisade is more or less in the same ballpark with its competitors and is decent enough for your quotidian commute and long journeys as well. The 2021 Honda Pilot, on the other hand, is the fastest of the lot, solely because of it being on the lighter side of the weight spectrum, despite being the least powerful in the segment.

How does the 2021 Hyundai Palisade fare on the Ride and handling front?

Now, this is where the 2021 Palisade comes to on its own. It might not have the performance figures one deserves at this price-point, but nevertheless Palisade responds with an energetic ride quality. It is meant to gulp in all the road imperfections and cushion out the ride for a care-free world inside. The HTRAC AWD system according to reports is basically a traction system that sends 50% of the power to the rear wheels, al the while locking up that ratio for speeds up to 40 mph.

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade also comes with 5 different driving modes namely Comfort, Eco, Sport, Snow, and Smart that allow the hefty SUV to handle competitively in any terrain it sees fit. The standard 18-inch wheels, dampers, and the load-leveling rear suspension allow the Palisade to have a better grip around corners and level the road as smoothly as possible without any hindrance in the ride quality.


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2021 Hyundai Palisade Fuel Economy

6.5/10

With the same engine option as the 2020 model, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade should give the same mileage figures as well, if not better. The 3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6 powering the 2021 Palisade is capable of delivering a combined mileage of 22 mpg, which is quite respectable for a car its size. Explaining further, the 2021 Palisade is expected to deliver 19 MPGs at city speeds and 26 MPGs out on the highway, with the FWD setup. Now as expected the AWD system gulps down a bit more fuel, as it delivers 19 miles to the gallon in the city and 24 miles to the gallon out on the highway. Combine that with the fuel tank of 18.8 gallons, and the 2021 Palisade makes for a total range of 357 miles and 489 miles respectively for city and highway.

Model

2021 Hyundai Palisade SE

2021 Kia Telluride LX

2021 Honda Pilot LX

2021 Chevrolet Traverse LS

MPG (City)

19

20

20

18

MPG (Highway)

26

26

27

27

MPG (Combined)

22

23

23

21

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

18.8

18.8

19.5

19.4

Range (City/Hwy) 

357 / 489*

376 / 489

371 / 527

349 / 523

With similar engines and power figures, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade and its competitors are in the same territory when it comes to fuel economy. The 2021 Palisade's fuel economy is satisfactory at 22 MPG. Both the Kia Telluride and Honda Pilot are the most frugal SUVs in the segment, nevertheless, the 2021 Pilot soars in forward with its 19.5-gallon fuel tank, as it can traverse further without frequent fuel stops.

2021 Hyundai Palisade Interior

7.5/10

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade's main highlight is its 7/8 passenger seating capacity with its 3rd-row seats, and every row is quite spacious as well, ironically even the third-row seats. To accommodate eight people, you need the bench seats for the 2nd row, which is standard for the SE and SEL trim. An option for the SEL trim and standard for the Limited and Calligraphy trim, the 2nd row is equipped with a captain's chairs, which reduces the total passenger capacity of the car to up to 7 people. Overall, the interior of the Palisade is very well-appointed and quite comfortable as well. The controls are ergonomic, and functions of the infotainment screen are simple to understand. 

The Calligraphy trim is the talk of the town now, as it brings about the sumptuous interior setup that is at times not even available in the luxurious SUV segment. It is by far the most expensive version of the 2021 Hyundai Palisade. With a suede-headliner, and leather trimmings all around, which include the perforated leather steering wheel manage to take the style quotient of the Palisade up by a notch. Moreover, with an acoustic laminated windshield, noise from the outside is surely suppressed.

Model

2021 Hyundai Palisade SE

2021 Kia Telluride LX

2021 Honda Pilot LX

2021 Chevrolet Traverse LS

Seating Capacity

7/8

7/8

8

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.7/61.2/44.1

40.9/61.6/41.4

40.1/62.0/40.9

41.3/62.1/41.0

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.1/60.8/42.4

40.2/61.2/42.4

40.2/68.0/38.4

40.0/62.2/38.4

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/55.2/31.4

38.1/55.3/31.4

38.9/44.6/31.9

38.2/48.5/33.5

In terms of interior space, the Hyundai Palisade and its competitors are more or less in the same territory. The 2021 Palisade has lots of room inside, and that includes the third-row as well. Although, with the longer wheelbase, the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse takes the cake this time around too.

What are the infotainment features on offer in the 2021 Hyundai Palisade?

At the center of the dashboard, you get your intuitive touchscreen display for the infotainment system. It is an 8” unit for the base SE and SEL trims. But the SEL trim gets a bigger 10.25” unit as an option, which is standard for the Limited and the new Calligraphy trim. On top of that, you get a host of features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, Driver Talk in-car intercom, rear seat quiet mode, wireless device charging, Blue Link Connected Car System, multiple 2.1 amp USB ports on all the three rows, surround-view monitor amongst other things.

As for audio fanatics, you get a 630-watt premium Harman Kardon audio system with 12-speakers as standard in the Limited trim and surely in the new Calligraphy trim too. Both the infotainment units are smart and slick to use. They respond instantly to the touch inputs. Hyundai has really hit it out of the park with the 10.25-inch unit. It even allows you to multi-task between different apps such as maps, radio, and weather.

How big is the cargo-space inside the 2021 Hyundai Palisade?

You can't skip over this particular aspect of a car when conversing about SUVs. With all the seats upright, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade gets you a modest 18.0 cu.ft of trunk space. It may be in the lower half of the segment, although that's because the Palisade for 2021 has delivered on the seating space even further with a better commanding third-row space. This whole-heartedly adds to the practicality nature of the car. Both the second and third-row seats bend to your will in a 60/40 fashion, and that in turn treats you with 45.8 and 86.4 cu.ft respectively. Storing things for your next weekend getaway will never be cumbersome anymore.

Model

2021 Hyundai Palisade SE

2021 Kia Telluride LX

2021 Honda Pilot LX

2021 Chevrolet Traverse LS

Trunk Capacity (cu.ft)

18.0 21.0 16.5 23.0

As is evident from the above table, the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse with its segment-leading 204.3-inch length, also holds the mantle this time around too with the cargo space aspect. At 23.0-inches, it is way ahead in this race when compared to the others.

2021 Hyundai Palisade basic SUV cockpit area
2021 Hyundai Palisade basic SUV front seats
2021 Hyundai Palisade basic SUV rear seats
2021 Hyundai Palisade basic SUV infotainment screen
2021 Hyundai Palisade basic SUV center console
2021 Hyundai Palisade basic SUV instrument cluster
2021 Hyundai Palisade basic SUV cargo area
2021 Hyundai Palisade basic SUV rear seats

2021 Hyundai Palisade Exterior

8.0/10

For the 2021 model, Hyundai is not planning on tinkering with the Palisade looks and decides to keep it mostly the same as the outgoing model. That being said, LED headlights have been made standard for the 2021 Palisade across the trim levels. Although the looks are very subjective, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade is overall an excellent looking car. It looks smooth on the outside with rounded designs all over the body. The exterior silhouette looks quite elegant and modern at the same time.

The 2021 Palisade is not a small car and the design structure compliments the claim. Hyundai has made it a point to make the Palisade look menacing and stately. The body has the right amount of creases and curves, just enough to make the Palisade look modern and stylish. The huge honeycomb grille with its adequate amount of chrome accents is its standout masterpiece. Bring in the Calligraphy trim, and you can immediately notice your extra bucks being shelled out for those exclusive spider-mesh 20-inch wheel designs and a slightly different grille that separates it from the rest of the lineup.

Model

2021 Hyundai Palisade SE

2021 Kia Telluride LX

2021 Honda Pilot LX

2021 Chevrolet Traverse LS

Curb Weight (lbs)

4231

4354

4036

4362

Length (inches)

196.1

196.9

196.5

204.3

Width (inches)

77.8

78.3

78.6

78.6

Height (inches)

68.9

68.9

70.6

70.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.9

8.0

7.3

7.2

Wheelbase (inches)

114.2

114.2

111.0

120.9

Although having more or less similar exterior dimensions as most of its competitors, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade falls behind the Chevy Traverse when it comes to the wheelbase and overall outright exterior dimensions of the car. Nonetheless, having a smaller footprint is always suitable for city driving and in traffic jams as well for easier maneuverability.


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2021 Hyundai Palisade Safety

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade managed to score a perfect 5 stars in the NHTSA’s safety crash test, scoring 5 out of 5 stars in all the tests except the rollover test where it scored 4 out of 5 stars with a rollover risk of 15.90%. That being said, the 2021 Palisade is also expected to be just as safe as the 2020 model, if not better. The 2021 Hyundai Palisade is equipped with a host of advanced driving aids and safety features to keep its occupants as safe as possible no matter what the cost.

A lot of active and passive safety equipment comes standard with the base SE trim, although as you move up the trim ladder, you can find your money's worth in some of the latest advanced driver assistance tech to be fitted in an SUV of its caliber. Some of the highlighted active and passive safety features expected to be included in the 2021 Hyundai Palisade are:

  • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
  • Front and Reverse Parking Distance Warning
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Following Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Safe Exit Assist
  • Highway Drive Assist
  • Trailer Sway Control
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control Support (TCS) and Brake Assist (BA)
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

2021 Hyundai Palisade Competition

2021 Hyundai Palisade Vs. 2021 Kia Telluride

Sharing the same platform between the two, the Kia Telluride is very similar to the Palisade, be it the powertrain, interior space, price, and the available features list. The 2021 Kia Telluride does have the edge in terms of cargo capacity, but the 2021 Palisade beats the Telluride in terms of available standard bells and whistles in the higher trims. Moreover, with both Hyundai and Kia bringing about their very own Special Editions, it all boils down to your personal preference at the end of the day.

2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Hyundai Palisade Vs 2021 Chevrolet Traverse

Overall the most significant SUV in the competition with the longest wheelbase in the segment, the 2021 Chevy Traverse, is the aptest competitor to the 2021 Hyundai Palisade with its segment-best spacious cabin-space. It also has the most powerful engine of the bunch with supremely impressive performance figures for a car its size. Moreover, when it comes to outright acceleration figures, the 2021 Palisade falls short to the 2021 Traverse. Now having said that, the Chevrolet Traverse does fall behind the Hyundai when it comes to the overall build quality and available features list. So in the long run, the Palisade might suit you more.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2021 Hyundai Palisade Final Verdict

Unless you have your eyes on the new range-topping Calligraphy trim, there’s not much that keeps you waiting for the 2021 Hyundai Palisade. So our recommendation would be to go for the ongoing 2020 model instead, as the existing feature list won’t be getting any significant updates coming into 2021 apart from a major thorough reshuffle between trims. That being said, the Hyundai Palisade is and has always been a fierce competitor in the mid-size SUV segment, which is hard to ignore.

Although there are other similarly capable SUVs out there in the market, the Hyundai Palisade has its quirks and features that set it apart from the other cars in the segment and helps it hold its value for money factor. Overall to end things on a high note, with excellent build quality and reliability, stylish exterior, well-appointed interior, and a low depreciation rate, you won’t go wrong with the Hyundai Palisade anytime soon.


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2021 Hyundai Palisade FAQs

Is the Hyundai Palisade reliable?

Yes, Hyundai offerings are proudly known for its reliability quotient. And this is because Hyundai has far and wide set itself a reputation among automakers in the US for its fairly superior built cars. Now as the Hyundai Palisade is fairly new in the market, we don't have the reliability ratings as of yet, although we expect a huge score once it's been tested.

What other SUVs can the 2021 Palisade be compared to?

The 2021 Palisade is Hyundai's offering into the luxury SUV segment. It shows off its might against the likes of the 2021 Kia Telluride, the 2021 Honda Pilot, and the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse.

How much should you pay for the 2021 Hyundai Palisade?

The Hyundai Palisade is only in its second year come 2021, and the prices have been jacked up a bit which is to be expected since the small yet important feature upgrades being brought in. It comes in over 4 trim levels namely SE, SEL, Limited, and Calligraphy. The SE trim starts at $32,525 and it goes all the way up to $47,750 for the top-most Calligraphy trim.

Does the Hyundai Palisade have a remote start?

Yes, in fact, the remort start is one of the most popular feature of the 2021 Hyundai Palisade. Moreover, the SEL, Limited and Calligraphy trims all have a line-of-sight remote start something that is only available in top-tier SUVs.

What takes care of the audio requirements in the 2021 Hyundai Palisade?

Being a luxury SUV offering, Hyundai has gone all out for the 2021 Palisade, and that includes the entertainment aspect too. For a premium surround sound quality, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade gets a 630-watt premium Harman Kardon audio system.

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2021 Hyundai Palisade Overall Reviews


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Kirk W. Snell

2020 Hyundai Palisade

SEL 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Economical

Pros - Heated first and second row seats, paint quality, great on gas

Cons - Just the wood trim on the dash and door panels

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Economical. That's how it has been driving while keeping us entertained and warm.

10/10
Features
9/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

GG

Gerald C. Gelman

2020 Hyundai Palisade

SEL 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

I love driving my new Palisade

Pros - Driving , driving, driving, and driving

Cons - Nothing of the sort

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Not matter how much I drive it, never wears me out and always drives as if driving back straight from the dealership. Starting with the powerful throttle response to precise brake bit, nothing seems to be out of line and just at that perfect spot.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
5/10
Dealer Review

KR

Kathy J. Roth

2020 Hyundai Palisade

Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Best SUV ever

Pros - Smooth drive, best driver assist features, AWD

Cons - None I can think of

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

In the past couple of months, I have been to quite a few places and I have to say it has been very impressive. It is comfortable, fun to drive, and entertaining.

10/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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Top User Reviews

10

User Overall Rating

Economical

Economical. That's how it has been driving while keeping us entertained and warm.

by Kirk W. Snell

10

User Overall Rating

I love driving my new Palisade

Not matter how much I drive it, never wears me out and always drives as if driving back straight from the dealership. Starting with the powerful throttle response to precise brake bit, nothing seems to be out of line and just at that perfect spot.

by Gerald C. Gelman

9

User Overall Rating

Best SUV ever

In the past couple of months, I have been to quite a few places and I have to say it has been very impressive. It is comfortable, fun to drive, and entertaining.

by Kathy J. Roth

8

User Overall Rating

Fun to drive

Fun to drive is a term that fits it perfectly. Throttle response is good, handling and transmission are better, and ride quality is the best.

by Christine C. Cotta

9

User Overall Rating

Far better SUV than I imagined

It nails all the fundamentals and even excels at some. Refined engine with less noise and enough power, handling that puts a smile on your face every time a corner comes around. Ride quality makes long road trips less of a pain and more of an enjoyable experience with friends and family.

by Katrina M. Rapp

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