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As demand for utility vehicles with increased carrying capability grows, so has parts of Hyundai's product line that competes in them. Over the years models like the Tuscon, Santa Fe and the 7-seater Santa Fe XL, but even the Santa Fe XL wasn't enough. Spending time browsing the next segment up, which the Palisade competes in, and it becomes clear a lot of demand is filled by the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot to name a few.

What all of these have in common with carrying capacity is generous cargo space behind 2nd ranging from 43.9-47.4 cubic feet and 13.8-21.0 cubic feet behind the 3rd row. With those numbers its rare that most consumers will need more. In the Palisades case its 18 cubic feet (3 less than its Kia Telluride sibling) behind the 3rd row and 45.8 cubic feet behind the 2nd row, together these are class-leading numbers.

Accessing all this cargo volume is easily done with powered 2nd and 3rd row seat controls. One-touch controls fold the second row down to a nearly flat load surface with power-reclining controlling the third row. A height adjustable hands-free power tailgate is the finishing touch, allowing for easier loading/unloading although these days a common feature.

In case you're curious, yes, overall dimensions, legroom and headroom, are also some of the best this segment has to offer. If there's one thing you won't find in the Palisade, its compromise on space. However it falls behind the Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer with headroom and legroom for third row passengers, an important fact to note if you and/or your passengers are taller than average.

Simply put, if you haven't bought a Palisade as yet, interior volume should be the least of your worries. Its sheer size is a clear indication of that, in fact it might be too big.
 

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Don't know if there is such a thing as too big for those with larger families. Will be waiting to hear some impressions of what space is like for passengers in the third row.
 

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Don't know if there is such a thing as too big for those with larger families. Will be waiting to hear some impressions of what space is like for passengers in the third row.
Some people I know with the Santa Fe XL say they have no reason to upgrade but I bet the Palisade will motivate them to if a better design is what they're after. I think this whole move the Palisade was fueled by the demand for more "real" SUV's
 

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Even the newer Santa Fe XL has been met with widespread criticisms around the quality of materials used in the cabin, which has been a key focus with the Palisade. A lot of advanced safety features are reserved to expensive additional packages too.
 

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Santa Fe XL is just a terrible buy but won't be as much if dealers are offering steep discounts. However, negotiating with them might be required to further make up for the increased depreciation we're like to see, brought on by the Palisade.
 
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