The Hyundai Palisade has proven to be one of the most well-cared-for midsize SUVs on the market, gaining a lot of traction in just three years.
The precisely matched palette of performance, comfort, luxury, technology, and distinctive design language is a crucial aspect of this.
It was positioned as a successor for Hyundai’s flagship SUV at the time, the Santa Fe XL, which had outlived its usefulness due to its aged design language.
The Hyundai Palisade for 2021 is carried over with the same zeal as last year, but with a few cosmetic changes, the most notable of which is a new Calligraphy trim. It has distinct aesthetic elements and is an artistic offering.
It will continue to share its foundations and powertrain with the Kia Telluride in 2021. Hyundai’s flagship SUV competes against the Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, and the extremely close Kia Telluride, which received the 2020 “World Car Of The Year” Award.
Performance With The 3.8L V6
The 3.8L naturally aspirated V6 engine, which is also shared with the 2021 Kia Telluride, has been kept for the 2021 Palisade. This engine isn’t particularly exciting, but it can get the job done without a hitch.
We were hoping for a turbocharger this time, but it looks like that will have to wait. It continues to produce 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, which can be sent to the front wheels or all four wheels, depending on the transmission.
The line-up comes standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission that is easy to use and pairs well with the rev-happy NA engine.
When compared to its competitors, it gets 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway, which is below average.
Interior With Standard Features
Everything starts to fall into place inside, as Hyundai has designed the cabin with exceptional attention to detail and high-quality materials to maintain its luxury factor. There are numerous upholstery options available, including leather.
There are a few poor plastics here and there, but it’s all been properly insulated by the overall idea of plushness, so it all blends in nicely.
All three rows of seats are well-bolstered, and unlike other of the 3-row mid-size SUVs on the market, the third row is not an afterthought.
It’s actually doable for average-sized people and has plenty of amenities even in the back. Heated and ventilated front rows can also be added to power-operated front seats.
The 2021 Palisade retains its infotainment screens, which are 8 inches in size for the lesser trims and 10.3 inches in size for the higher trims.
Both come with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, as well as a slew of 2021-relevant ca
To set the Palisade apart from the rest of the SUV pack, Hyundai used a highly aggressive and eccentric design language.
With its elongated vertically mounted headlamp units and that “on the face” chrome grille upfront, it has paid off, and you can quickly spot a Palisade on the streets.
For 2021, there are no changes, and it remains a head-tuner. The pointed-out B-pillar provides a charming touch to the floating roof above it, and the modest shoulder lines highlight its powerful form factor.
Its SUV look is enhanced by integrated roof rails, and those 20-inch alloy wheels are LOUD. Those are the most daring wheels we’ve ever seen on a vehicle, let alone an SUV.
Hyundaiusa.com is the source for this information. The new Calligraphy trim, which prioritizes elegance over its trim-mates, is the most recent addition for 2021.
Unlike the others, it only comes with AWD and has features such as spider-meshed 20-inch wheels, puddle lamps, a premium taillight layout, and an LED center spotlight on the outside.
Microfiber suede headliner, quilted leather door panels, perforated leather steering wheel, cargo sill protection plate, and Downhill brake control are among the inside features. Many of these features are only available as add-ons to the base set.
With its twin, the Kia Telluride, the 2021 Palisade remains a well-equipped premium vehicle that aims to change the midsize-SUV category.
Trims And Pricing
The Hyundai Palisade comes in four model levels for 2021: SE, SEL, Limited, and Calligraphy. Hyundai has always preferred to keep things simple and innovative, and the Calligraphy trim, which was recently released, is no exception.
When it comes to elegance and technology, all four trims offer plenty of options, and you won’t feel out of place even in the cheapest SE trim.
The SE trim of the 2021 Palisade starts at $32,525 and goes up to $47,750 for the newly added Calligraphy variant.
Because there is only one powertrain layout available, your options will be limited to the feature set it offers, which is equally outstanding.
Also, save for the Calligraphy, all grades come standard with FWD, and adding AWD would set you back $1,700.
When compared to its competition, it actually undercuts the more popular Honda Pilot, which starts at $34,930.