BY H. THROTTLEAUTOMOTIVE COLUMNIST
The Hyundai Palisade is as good as the namesake “Palisade Peaches” that come in late summer every year. While the word palisade deals with mountain ranges the fruit is the best usage of the word, next best is this new 2020 Palisade limited all-wheel drive SUV.
Talk about a sweet vehicle, this new “Sierra Burgundy” metallic paint Hyundai is a masterpiece at $47,605. The appearance is sleek and the “blackjack “ Napa leather seats score a perfect 21 on the highway like the name. But no gamble with this prime vehicle that has a 100,000/10-year warranty on the power train. The V6 3.5L engine produces 293 horsepower connected to the 8-speed “Shiftronic” transmission with paddle shifters.
Hyundai engineers have performed wonders with this new 2020 model starting with safety. First test drive began in the driveway with the car locked in park with the brake light illuminated in red on the dash. Shifting to on the push button transmission panel nothing happened, the car was locked in park. A message related press brake pedal but the key to mobility rested in fastening the seat belt, then the brake pedal and success and the car’s reverse was engaged. The rearview camera has a broad view and also pedestrian alert.
This vehicle is too new for safety ratings but no doubt with all of the safety features will be in the perfect category. This 2020 Hyundai has some new safety features never encountered in any other vehicles so far. Side rear camera lane views when signaling to change lanes, a clear view of lane change in a large circle on the speedometer glass. Additionally, a small yellow light showing any car on either side of the vehicle, no more blind spots with the Palisade. Lane changes in the congested traffic lanes are delicate and these new safety features are very welcome. The speed zone signs and the vehicle traveling speed are displayed on the lower windshield that are also a valuable features when cruising with the 293 horsepower in the sport mode, rather than snow, comfort, smart, or eco modes.
With the recent snow this mode locks in the all-wheel drive and the advanced technology warns of icy roads.
There are seven UBS outlets for smart phones along with Car Play and all Bluetooth features. The second-row seats have one-touch controls and full heating and cooling capacity. The third-row seats can fold down for a huge cargo storage area with a simple rapid switch on the back of the seats. The Palisade can accommodate seven passengers with ease.
Led lights give a bright shine to the early darkness descending on the standard time darkness with daylight time withdrawal.
The Harmon/Kardon premium sound system is easily controlled with screen and dial controls and is loud and clear. A full range of navigation options and the large center control panel lights up at night with a powerful image of controls and features of heated seats, and steering wheel.
The V6 turns out 24 miles per gallon with the eight-speed transmission, 21 mpg overall average for this larger SUV. The Eco mode and a lighter shoe on the gas pedal can boost the mileage
The Hyundai is manufactured in Ulsan Korea by the famed family with 91 percent of the parts made in Korea.
This is a real “Peachy” product and comes complete with a full tank of gas and loaded with very functional exciting new safety features that really add to highway safety.
This is a five-star quality vehicle in all categories.
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