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If you came here hoping to find a detailed look at all 2020 Hyundai Palisade trim levels, unfortunately, it won't happen just yet as Hyundai hasn't released anything beyond introductory information, following its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Gathering what we can on trims till its late summer 2019 availability, this article should help decide whether the Palisade is still for you.

Once available, you'll get to choose from 5 trims: SE, SEL, SEL Plus and the flagship Limited and Ultimate. All models come standard with an Atkinson-cycle 3.8-liter V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission to produce an overall output of 291-hp (6,000 rpm) and 262 lb-ft of torque (5,000 rpm). Performance numbers haven't been produced but these among other tech features are said to create a dynamic driving experience with AWD HTRAC in the spotlight.

Other standard features offered that any savvy buyer should factor in are its eight-passenger seating, a number of advanced safety technologies via Hyundai SmartSense (Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go), projector-beam headlamps, 18-inch aluminum wheels, 7 USB charging ports, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, one-touch second-row seat access, 16 cup holders, and many more that make not opting for the near $50k spec Palisade not so bad after all.

A turn off for buyers that care about "real" SUV character will shun the standard FWD, a trade-off for its low $30k USD starting price. Where else are you going to find another Palisade? Get familiar with the out-going Santa Fe XL it replaces if a benchmark for whats to come is required. Till then be patient.
 

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I just hope that Hyundai doesn't restrict AWD to the top spec models. Have no issue paying extra for it, but don't need all the extra bells and whistles that will be included in the Limited and Ultimate trims.
 

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On the Telluride Kia has made AWD optional regardless of trim level so the Palisade should follow suit since they ride on the same platform. Some may actually prefer the FWD configuration as that will obviously be the more fuel efficient option.
 

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On the Telluride Kia has made AWD optional regardless of trim level so the Palisade should follow suit since they ride on the same platform. Some may actually prefer the FWD configuration as that will obviously be the more fuel efficient option.
the difference in fuel economy isn't much and it can be argued that making these come standard with AWD was the better choice. of course though, looking good on paper is part of selling these, even if it means getting 1 mpg better over the competition. that 1 mpg saved might buy you a coffee at the end of the week :rolleyes:
 

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When are we going to get pricing? Seems like Hyundai’s been a bit cagey with that. Telluride pricing was announced a few weeks after the car was introduced. It has be thinking there may be a sizable difference in price between the Telluride and Palisade, especially in the upper trims.
 

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Hyundai and Kia are definitely strategically releasing information around these two products at different times in an effort to distinguish them. Best guess is that both of these SUV's will go above $50k fully optioned out.
 

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The Telluride has already had pricing announced. It's around $46k-$47k fully optioned out. In terms of Palisade pricing, my guess is sooner than later. But, the reason why Telluride's has been announced, but not the Palisade's, is because the Telluride was always announced to be released in the spring. Meanwhile, the Palisade was always set for the summer. Seeing as how we're still a bit away from the summer, Hyundai still has plenty of time to release more details.
 

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I wonder if Hyundai would experiment with a higher end luxurious trim that tests the waters for a boarderline Genesis product. Priced another $5,000-7,500 would be perfect.
 
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