Every SUV maker is allowing more space to its customers, now the three row SUVs are making its impact in the market. So, is the new 2020 Hyundai Palisade and with that Hyundai is reviving back the name into the SUV market. Hyundai found itself on the losing end of that equation for several years. While its sedan and small-car-heavy lineup was its salvation during the recession, that strategy became a liability as the recovery prompted buyers to go big again.

The three-row crossover and SUV segment is one of the key battlegrounds in the current war of automotive attrition. Hyundai’s new three-row SUV has polarizing looks, but great value within.

2020 Hyundai Palisade

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade makes a strong first impression. Besides that the three-row, midsize crossover SUV, the Palisade cuts a striking figure on the road. Coming to its exterior has a stylish front light signature initially grabs your attention, with iconic LEDs. On the other hand, a body-color C-pillar divides the greenhouse under a slightly sloping roof. It also blends down to vertically oriented taillights, also available with LED bulbs. Optional 20-inch wheels complete the urbane look.

Moving inside, same style has been carried through; it has leather seating and a layout that’s both pretty and functional. It got an open-pore wood trim and diamond-stitched seats and door inserts. So, overall fit and finish is excellent, and everything you touch genuinely feels premium. On the other hand, the Palisade has 8 persons sitting capacity as well.

Besides that for the Infotainment,the SUV has 10.2-inch touchscreen on upper trims an 8-inch screen is standard with Hyundai’s latest multimedia interface. The infotainment is super-functional, with dual Bluetooth device connectivity, so one of you can control the tunes while the other manages the calls. The included things are the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard, with seven USB Type-A ports, three 12-volt outlets and a 115-volt, 150-watt, three-prong outlet. Wireless charging is available, too. If one of your devices ever goes dead, it’s your own damn fault.

The Power

Hyundai will offer the Palisade in SE, SEL or Limited trims, and even the base model comes loaded with features. Besides that the vehicle is with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, lane-following assist and a rear occupant alert so you never forget a kid or pet in the rear seats.

While talking about the power, the SUV has a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel engine, but every Palisade is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine, with 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. This V6 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the gear shifter itself is a simple row of buttons, rather than a traditional PRNDL shifter.

The new 2020 Hyundai Palisade is equipped with five-option drive mode select system. It also included the option to choose from Comfort, Eco, Sport, Snow and Smart. Comfort is the equivalent of “normal” for this system, while Eco alters the throttle and shift programming for maximum efficiency. Sport shifts those curves the other direction and tightens up the steering effort for more immediate, direct responses to driver inputs.

On the other hand, the Smart mode will select dynamically between Eco, Comfort and Sport programs. And it depends on driver inputs and road conditions. In fact the Snow mode is specifically for low-traction situations and only activates when deliberately selected.