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USA Today published this article a couple of days ago about some of the Palisade's "odd features." I'm curious to hear everyone's thoughts on what they wrote I don't think they're that odd at all.

The three features they wrote about are the express tailgate, no-draft air vents, and the dual facing rear cameras.

A fearless tailgate
You wouldn’t think people could be divided over how a power tailgate works, but research convinced Hyundai there are two types of customers. One group, generally older, is nervous about technology, specifically getting conked in the head by a power tailgate run amok. They want the tailgate to open and close slowly, so they have time to react.

Others, mostly younger, get impatient. In what may be the first-world problem of the year, they can’t figure out why it takes so long for the tailgate to open and close.

Hyundai’s answer: two settings. For the cautious, the slow setting opens or closes in 6 seconds. In a hurry? The express setting trims that to 4.5 seconds. Needless to say, the tailgate has pinch-protection safeguards so nobody gets bashed if their attention wanders.

Draft-free vents
Like many SUVs, the Palisade has vents in the ceiling to heat or cool passengers in its second and third rows of seats.

The round vents have the usual louvered shutters that you can use to open, close or direct airflow, but a second setting unique to Hyundai uses “diffusion holes” around the vent’s rim to provide a subtler airflow that cools or heats but is quieter and doesn’t blow air directly in your face. I found them effective on a recent hot, sunny day.

The Palisade also has ventilated second-row seats to keep passengers comfortable on long drives. Ventilated front seats are increasingly common, but I’m not aware of any other SUVs that offer the feature in their second row of seats.

Twin rear cameras
In addition to sensors to tell the driver when a vehicle approaching from behind is in their right or left blind spot, the Palisade has dual cameras to provide an image of what’s behind to the left or right when you use the turn signals. The view is projected on the instrument panel immediately in front of the driver, replacing a gauge on the left or right, depending on which turn signal is on. Hyundai calls it the blind view monitor.

It’s not a true blind-spot alert, because it's passive, not doing anything unless a turn signal is activated. However, it provides a clear, potentially useful image, including of bike lanes in which oncomers can approach quickly while the Palisade is stopped at a traffic light and possibly about to turn across the bike lane.

Because images in the instrument cluster are nearly in the driver’s line of sight, Hyundai’s blind view monitor is less distracting and easier to focus on than a similar system Honda offers on the passenger side of some vehicles.
 

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I think the word "odd" is an... odd choice for describing those features. I think those three are innovative and useful, and I'm quite pleased that Hyundai did a great job implementing them. So far whenever I've had a "newcomer" in my Limited, they all react the same way when seeing the blind spot cameras: "wow, that's awesome!"

To me, the term "odd" would better describe a feature as "what exactly am I supposed to use this for?" or "I wish it worked this way instead."
 

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I think the word "odd" is an... odd choice for describing those features. I think those three are innovative and useful, and I'm quite pleased that Hyundai did a great job implementing them. So far whenever I've had a "newcomer" in my Limited, they all react the same way when seeing the blind spot cameras: "wow, that's awesome!"

To me, the term "odd" would better describe a feature as "what exactly am I supposed to use this for?" or "I wish it worked this way instead."
None of these are an issue for me either, especially since they can be easily fixed in future year models.
 

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I agree the use of the word "odd" was a poor choice, but then again it did get us talking about it haha. But are there any features/quirks about the Palisade that you'd consider "odd"?
 
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