Powered by the latest iteration of Hyundai's 3.8-liter V6 housed in the brands latest and biggest product yet, it begs the question of what fuel economy is like.
Historically vehicles with seating and cargo capacity like the Palisade haven't done well, thanks to gas guzzling V8's with MPG ratings that barely cross into the 20's.
Prior to the Palisade, all we had was the Santa Fe XL. At best it got an EPA highway mileage rating of 25, on the low end, 18 city. Since launch, Palisade fuel economy numbers, along with many other key details outside of fuel economy, were't disclosed and remains the case today.
Fortunately, drawing similarities from its Kia Telluride sibling that's nearing a month on the market should provide some all but confirmed information. Official EPA numbers on the 3.8L V6 both models share, came out to 20 city, 26 highway and 23 combined on the Telluride FWD. Capability will cost you however at 19 city, 24 highway and 21 combined with AWD.
Although the Telluride is slightly bigger and not as aerodynamically sound (although wheelbase length remains the same), it shouldn't result in better fuel economy figures. Likewise with other factors that could influence it, which shouldn't matter here. Similar cases have seen a difference of 1 mpg better combined.
Currently, the Lambda 3.8L engine produces an MPG rating that performs above average when compared to engines used in similar applications from rival automakers. This version of the V6 includes Atkinson Cycle Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) with Stop and Go. It's all we'll get till Hyundai is ready to unleash the hybrids as these bigger displacement engines are slowly phasing out.