By on April 13, 2022

Hyundai’s Palisade separates itself from Kia’s Telluride, at least in terms of appearance, by being the more “urban”, stylistically speaking, of the two.

The former looks boxy and rugged, while the latter has curves that evoke urban luxury — at least to this author’s eye.*

*That’s an honest assessment. No Hyundai rep is holding me hostage and making me use marketing speak like “evoke.” I don’t have to blink twice to show you I’m OK, I’m fine. Seriously.

Ahem. Use of PR prattle aside, the Palisade does have an upscale-yet-downtown feel to its looks, in my humble opinion. So it follows that the next one would keep the overall them while freshening its duds.

Since the Palisade and Telluride are platform mates, some of the changes listed below will look familiar from today’s earlier post. That said, the changes are fewer in number and a bit more cosmetic in nature than those that affect the Telluride — there is no increased ground clearance or towing, for example.

Changes include but are not limited to: A new front and rear fascia, new front grille, new headlights and DRLs, a new alloy-wheel design, auto-dimming sideview mirrors, a new instrument panel (including gauges and audio interface), new steering wheel, new seating surfaces and materials, new driver’s seat (hopefully less smelly), heated third-row seats, a 12-inch screen for navigation, digital rearview mirror, Wi-Fi hotspot, digital key for iPhone and Android, quicker-charging USB-C ports, quicker wireless charging for devices, and a new Tow Mode for AWD vehicles.

A new XRT (not WXRT, to my fellow Chicagoans) adds or includes 20-inch wheels, different front and rear fascias, dark-finish grille, black roof rails, sunroof, and leatherette seats.

So we guess there’s some new ruggedness, after all.

[Images: Hyundai, © 2022 Tim Healey/TTAC]

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22 Comments on “2022 New York Auto Show: Hyundai Palisade Gets Even More Classed-Up...”

  • avatar

    oh boy, another Black / Dark Grey “Luxury” SUV with grey interior.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Yes and if they could make the grill larger I can hardly see it.

  • avatar

    Strongly prefer the Tohellyouride.
    But RE Palisade, the “D” pillar treatment is very elegant.
    Man HK does some nice interiors. Look nice, but do they hold up well and do they feel “right?”

    • 0 avatar

      If only the Telluride had the Palisade’s interior.

    • 0 avatar
      CKNSLS Sierra SLT

      Yes they do hold up. I’m at year 5 with a Hyundai Santa Fe XL Limited. Includes the Leather (synthetic) Seats and they look great at 53,000 miles. At year 4 with my Silverado and at 43,000.00 miles the Leather Driver’s side seat on my Silverado tore. Was replaced barely before the warranty expired. And yes-the Silverado was $15,000.00ish more than the Hyundai.

      • 0 avatar

        THX. ( note to self. HK getting better with durability. GM as bad as ever – maybe getting worse. (after all, the supplier is the one who pays for the UAW getting ~$75/hr ))

        • 0 avatar

          Hmmm… not exactly.

          From ZipRecruiter:

          How much does an UAW make?
          As of Apr 7, 2022, the average hourly pay for an UAW in the United States is $25.37 an hour.

          While ZipRecruiter is seeing hourly wages as high as $30.05 and as low as $19.47, the majority of UAW wages currently range between $21.15 (25th percentile) to $28.85 (75th percentile) across the United States. The average pay range for an UAW varies little (about $7.69), which suggests that regardless of location, there are not many opportunities for increased pay or advancement, even with several years of experience.

          • 0 avatar

            RHD, thank you for taking the trouble to research an answer to the usual anti-worker drivel about unionized auto workers. (And no, I’m not one myself.)

            I’m sick to death of GM apologists excusing that company’s miserable “the future is next Tuesday” management philosophy by dumping on the workers for their 40-year series of terrible decisions.

            There’s a reason why Toyota can still make a good sedan, or a reliable anything, while GM can’t. And the glorious build quality of Kentucky Lexuses says it’s not because those dang Americans just can’t get their thumbs out of their arse long enough to put a car together.

          • 0 avatar

            The higher numbers you see for GM’s labor cost represent ‘total compensation’ or GM’s *cost* per hour of UAW labor, which is different than what the workers actually see as hourly pay. For example, health care benefits would be included in the 70ish figure. (Retiree cost might also be included?)

            Also there is likely a difference between the average UAW employee and the average UAW employee at GM. (Maybe not as big a difference as there once was.)

            Here’s some old data:

            [“Chrysler pays an average $75.86 an hour in wages, pension and health care benefits, GM pays $73.26 and Ford pays $70.51. Toyota pays U.S. workers about $48, U.S. automakers say.”]

  • avatar

    After all of the problems Hyundai-Kia has had with engine failures and fires even on newer models are people paying $50K plus for these?

    Latest is an oil consumption lawsuit:

    • 0 avatar
      CKNSLS Sierra SLT

      We can play the “law suit game” with every major manufacturer. Do I need the mention the Ford 6.0 diesel-where after the second motor replacement Ford would tell the customer “tough luck”?
      OR how about this one-


      There are PLENTY to go around.

  • avatar

    That is the new face of luxury: Palisade by Hyundai!

  • avatar

    I stil like the telluride better than the pallisade- though I have to admit I like the current telluride much more than the new one ..

  • avatar

    So they moved the fake “Big Rig” grille to a smaller class of vehicles, and made them even uglier. About the only way I would even consider one of these things would be if it was the absolute best in its class, and even then I would question whether or not to buy it.

    I’ve seen bad-looking noses on cars before (Toyota) but this almost makes the roaches look good.

  • avatar

    Regarding long term Hyundai reliability: I did a search this past Feb. on Autotrader of vehicles for sale with over 200,000 miles. In the entire U.S. there were 176 Hyundais. There were over 3,500 Chevys. I have a complete list for every manufacturer: Of course most were trucks and SUVs

    Acura: 178
    Audi: 43
    BMW: 89
    Buick: 123
    Cadillac: 145
    Chevy: 3500
    Chrysler: 167
    Dodge: 1140
    Ford: 4400
    GMC: 1250
    Honda: 1400
    Hyundai: 176
    Jeep: 450
    Kia: 136
    Lexus: 454
    Lincoln: 91
    Mazda: 117
    MB: 153
    Ram: 621
    Subaru: 192
    Toyota: 3000
    VW: 90

  • avatar

    My eyes hurt. And it is not because of eye cold but because of bling.

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