As we wait patiently for Hyundai to release the Palisade this summer, the automaker has finally revealed pricing information for the new SUV. The base front-wheel-drive Palisade SE will start at $32,595 including delivery fees.
That price point is $140 lower than the 2020 Kia Telluride LX, this vehicle’s platform sibling. It’s also competitive in the three-row SUV segment, slotting in just barely above the Honda Pilot which starts at $32,495, but below the Toyota Highlander ($32,775) and the Mazda CX-9 ($33,325). The Palisade is also less pricey than the new Subaru Ascent ($32,970), though it’s important to consider that the Subaru comes with all-wheel-drive as standard. It’s a $1,700 option on all Palisade models.
Front-wheel-drive versions of the Palisade SEL and Palisade Limited start at $34,545 and $45,745 respectively, but don’t fret if your wallet is a little thin to make the jump—the entry-level Palisade is a well-equipped vehicle. Even the humble Palisade SE boasts active safety features including forward collision avoidance, full-speed adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist. Also standard are the power folding second-row seats and an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Graduating to the Palisade SEL nets buyers interior niceties such as heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Convenience features on the SEL include door handle welcome lights and keyless entry with push-button start, plus blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts. Roof rails and chrome door handles distinguish the exterior. The SEL also offers some of the premium options only available on the Palisade Limited.
The $11,200 gap between the mid-level Palisade SEL and top-tier Palisade Limited is a massive price difference for a vehicle that’s mechanically identical to the rest of the lineup (all Palisade models rock a 3.8-liter V-6 paired with an eight-speed automatic). But Hyundai throws all the equipment at this one. Beyond the options standard on the SEL, the Limited gets 20-inch alloy wheels, self-leveling rear suspension, a hands-free powered liftgate, LED headlights and taillights, and a dual sunroof.
We’ll have to wait until our First Test to see how Hyundai’s new three-row performs compared to its competition. Based on our First Drive and the model’s competitive pricing, it seems the Palisade may be about to make quite the stir.