Hyundai Palisade vs. Competitors for Sale in Hyannis, MA



The Hyundai Palisade debuted in 2019 (as a 2020 model) to significant fanfare. After all, three-row crossovers are among the most in-demand vehicles in the U.S. right now, and this particular one put a lot into a low-priced package. With this class of vehicle’s substantial size, comfort factor, and do-anything style, it’s no wonder they’re considered such industry standouts. One of the leading members of the midsized utility-vehicle family is the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. Although it’s the freshman in the segment, it exemplifies the aforementioned attributes to a T. But that doesn’t mean to say it’s without its rivals. The Palisade must contend with other popular crossovers and SUVs, namely the related Kia Telluride (its closest competitor), as well as the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, and Subaru Ascent. Let’s look at this closely contended competition in more detail.

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When it comes to guaranteed protection for your vehicle, none of the automakers mentioned above can compete with Hyundai’s warranties (although Kia comes close). The Palisade’s bumper-to-bumper limited warranty covers 5 years/60,000 miles, and its powertrain warranty goes for an industry-best 10 years/100,000 miles. Bumper-to-bumper coverage from Honda, Toyota, Subaru, and Ford ends after 3 years/36,000 miles, and those manufacturers’ powertrain coverage taps out at 5 years/60,000 miles. While Kia provides the same basic and powertrain warranties as the Palisade, its anti-perforation warranty only lasts for 5 years/100,000 miles, and its 24-hour roadside assistance is done after 5 years or 60,000 miles, versus 7 years/unlimited miles and 5 years/unlimited miles, respectively, on the Hyundai. Not only that, but every 2020 Hyundai now receives 3 years/36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance, meaning Palisade purchasers won’t be paying for tire rotations or oil/filter changes.

Starting Price and Performance

The Palisade starts at $31,550, beating out the Telluride ($31,690), Ascent ($31,995), Highlander ($34,600), and Explorer ($36,675). While the Pilot has the same starting price as the Palisade, it falls short in other areas where the Palisade stands out. Power for the Palisade is also quite noteworthy with its 291 horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine. Both the Ascent (260 hp) and Pilot (280 hp) are less powerful, and although the Highlander (295 hp) and Explorer (300 hp) are a bit more robust, you would need to pay more for that minor bump in performance.

Technology and Driver Aids

Hyundai is one of the most generous automakers in terms of providing desirable technology and active safety equipment. The Palisade’s base trim, the SE, comes with an 8-inch touchscreen display, outdoing the base-trim Pilot’s 5-inch and the base-trim Ascent’s 6.5-inch screens. If you go for a higher Palisade trim level, there’s a 10.25-inch screen available; the touchscreens in the Pilot’s and Ascent’s top trims max out at 8 inches. The Palisade also receives some sophisticated driver aids that aren’t available on all of its rivals, such as a driver attention monitor and a rear passenger reminder.

Even though the Kia Telluride also gets the driver attention monitor, it doesn’t include the rear passenger reminder. What’s more, the Palisade provides Blue Link services, a potentially life-saving feature that gives turn-by-turn directions to emergency personnel in the event of a collision where the driver or other passengers cannot communicate. None of the other models listed has a comparable service for critical situations.

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