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It looks someone is finally starting a long term review of the Palisade. will be testing the Palisade for the next couple of months and I'm curious to see if they deal with any of the issues that have been brought up here on the forum.

Here's what they wrote for their introduction article.

It’s been quite some time since last had a long-term test, but with the ever-increasing complexity of vehicles, all to often one week is barely enough to scratch the surface and really get to know it. With a family vehicle in particular, settling in to a routine and seeing how it holds up after weeks and months of harried schedules and never-ceasing activities reveals just how much it enables peace of mind or builds frustration.

After a pair of glowing reviews and a Comparison Test victory, we still couldn’t get enough of Hyundai’s entirely new 2020 Palisade. Hyundai has been delivering ever more refined products behind its Hyundai badge and making impressive first steps into the luxury market with its Genesis brand, and the Palisade makes a much more convincing play in the midsize-large-ish three-row SUV arena than the awkwardly styled Veracruz and undersized Santa Fe XL. There has certainly been a lot of interest in the Palisade, both from my colleagues in the office and hockey parents from my son’s team, so we hope to answer any and all questions we get about its driving characteristics, capabilities and features.

While the Palisade lineup starts with a front-wheel-drive model for $38,499 (plus all models carry a $1905 freight & PDI charge), we were provided the all-singing, all-dancing, all-wheel-drive Ultimate 7 passenger in a lovely Sierra Burgundy. No matter the trim, the Palisade comes equipped with a 3.8L direct injection V6 paired with an eight-speed automatic. The all-wheel-drive system defaults to front-wheel drive but can shift up to 50 percent of torque to the rear axle, and the available AWD lock can keep a minimum of 20 percent of torque at the rear wheels. We look forward to an early snowfall that will afford us the opportunity to see how the AWD system handles typical Canadian winters.

As far as first impressions go, between the 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster, 8-inch central touchscreen infotainment, head-up display and supple quilted, perforated Nappa leather seating and trimI kept thinking to myself: “How is this not being sold with a Genesis badge?” I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the grille, but the rest of the design is pleasing, and the interior is simple yet pleasing, neither too busy nor too spartan, and the pale cream leather really brightens up the cabin. We’ll see how that light colour holds up to messy kids and whether the quality is as good as it looks at first glance.

Of course, the interior of such a large vehicle isn’t just meant to be pretty, it also needs to carry lots of stuff, and the Palisade certainly has abundant passenger and cargo space. In fact, the very first thing my daughter said when she first got into it was, “Can we take this on our next camping trip?” She was convinced it had a much larger interior than the Kia Sedona we packed to the rafters for our trip to Killarney Provincial Park this past summer. In reality, its 509 litres of trunk space and 1,297 with the third row folded doesn’t hold a candle to the Sedona’s 960 L in the trunk, and 2,220 with the third row down. However, passenger space is on another level with massive headroom, legroom and shoulder room, especially for young children, but even for adults, and that translated into my daughter’s view that she could have brought six more bags of stuffed animals and diversions along for the ride.

The Palisade is proving to be an easy companion for family life so far, so stay tuned for updates, a comparison with one of the most popular vehicles in this segment, and perspectives of various staff here at Postmedia’s head office. If you have any questions or requests, please post them in the comments below, and we’ll do our best to answer or demonstrate in a future post.
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