Hyundai Palisade

All versions of the Hyundai Palisade are powered by the same engine, a 3.8L V6 that makes 291 horsepower. Power is sent to the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic, though all-wheel drive is an option across the entire range and costs $1,700. Acceleration isn't blindingly quick, but neither is the Palisade slow. It'll have no problem getting up to highway speeds reasonably quickly and never feels underpowered in any sort of normal driving.

The Hyundai Palisade is split into three trim levels with the SE representing the base trim, the SEL covering the mid-level and the Limited at the top.

Base SE trimmed Palisades come with a ton of standard features including 18-inch alloy wheels, projector beam headlights with LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights with high-beam assist, an 8-inch color touch screen housing the sound system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth hands free wireless audio streaming, a rear view monitor with parking guidance and 2nd and 3rd row HVAC vents with separate controls for the 2nd row.

Hyundai also includes their smart cruise control system which features stop and go systems as well as a lane follow assist feature, meaning that the car will speed up and slow down with traffic while essentially doing much of the work of keeping the car pointed in the correct direction. It's a fantastic system for reducing driver fatigue on longer drives or even on shorter drives filled with stop and go traffic on the freeway. And since the feature uses many of the same sensors, Hyundai have also thrown in a forward collision avoidance system as standard on the base SE.

The SEL costs just a couple of thousand dollars more than the SE, but adds an eight way power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, front and rear dual automatic temperature controls, a proximity key with push button start and a blind spot collision avoidance assist system.

Springing for the top of the line Limited trim will include, 20-inch wheels, a heads-up display, a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument display cluster, a dual sunroof roof, premium Nappa leather seating surfaces and Hyundai's Blind View Monitor system which will display video from a side mounted camera on one of the car's screens any time a blinker is activated. The Limited also gets LED headlights, LED taillights, a 10.25-inch touchscreen for the included navigation system, a 630-watt Harman Kardon premium sound system with 12 speakers, heated and vented 2nd row seats, power folding, unfolding and reclining for the 3rd row of seats and puddle lamps that are projected from under the side mirrors.

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Editors' First Take

Three-row SUVs are a staple on US roads, and as car buyers continue to swap sedans and minivans for the bigger-is-better body style, the segment's only become more important. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade isn't the brand's first three-row SUV, but it's definitely its best.

Not only did Hyundai take a strong stab at the heart of the three-row SUV market, it's clear the company aimed for a one-two punch with the cushy Palisade Limited trim -- it's so luxurious, you'd think it was a Genesis . Over the next year of testing, we'll see if the Palisade continues to shine.

How we spec'd it

The Hyundai Palisade is a brand-new addition to the automaker's lineup for 2020 and comes in three flavors. The hierarchy starts with an entry-level SE trim, then a more well-equipped SEL and finally the Limited. As I mentioned, we opted for the Limited because of its surprising luxury-for-dollar proposition. While shoppers will likely cross-shop the Palisade with established rivals such as the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Explorer, the Palisade Limited's features list reads a lot like an SUV vying for Buick Enclave or Acura MDX buyers.

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