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We can add another accolade to the Palisade as it has earned spot on the 2019 Wards 10 Best User Experiences list. The list looks at how user-friendly the infotainment and safety technologies are in a vehicle.

The other vehicles that made the list are: Audi A8, BMW 330i, Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Explorer, Lexus RX 350, Mercedes-Benz A220, Range Rover Evoque, Subaru Outback, and Volkswagen Arteon. Which puts the Palisade in some impressive company.

Here's the press release from Hyundai:

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 11, 2019 – Recognized for its host of driver convenience and technology features, the all-new Hyundai Palisade lands a spot on the competitive 2019 Wards 10 Best User Experiences list. The honor evaluates the user-friendliness of the driver-assist technologies and the access to information and entertainment options without distraction. The well-equipped Palisade was acknowledged for its host of convenient technology features including a 10-inch navigation display, 12-inch TFT cluster, wireless charging, seven USB outlets, second-row ventilated seats and innovative roof-based diffuser vents – making it easy for both driver and passengers to interact with the vehicle.

“The Wards 10 Best UX recognition reaffirms the importance of convenient and helpful technologies inside a vehicle,” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “The hours of research and real-world evaluations by our engineering community are seen in the all-new Palisade with the user-friendly displays, high quality materials and a suite of advanced safety systems all at an outstanding value compared to the competition.”

The focus of the Wards 10 Best UX competition, which is a microcosm of Wards 10 Best Interiors, is to identify driver interfaces that are user-friendly, navigation systems that are easy to program, collision-avoidance technologies that are dependable and smartphone integration that is simple, allowing drivers safe access to text messages, emails and phone contacts while on the road.

“The new Hyundai Palisade stands out as a value leader in the three-row utility segment with smartly-designed, user-friendly displays and controls up front and tons of family-friendly connectivity features and creature comforts in back,” said Drew Winter, Wards senior content director. “A long list of available driver-assist features, charging outlets in all three rows of seats and innovative technology such as an intercom system that enables the driver to speak with third-row passengers, means the Palisade is ready anytime to take a family on a long trip.”

Some of the convenience features found in the all-new Palisade include:
  • One-Touch second row seat and power-folding/unfolding reclining third-row seats
  • Seven available USB outlets
  • Conversation mirror for driver to clearly see passengers in the rear
  • Driver Talk in-car intercom system with rear seat conversation and sleep modes
  • Class-exclusive Blind View Monitor that complements the standard Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist
  • 25 inch navigation touchscreen in widescreen format, coupled with a 12.3-inch fully-digital TFT center instrument cluster
  • Heads-Up Display (HUD) projects a virtual image onto the windshield, helping the driver to better keep his or her eyes on the road.
  • Industry-first, innovative new roof vent diffuser design that can provide a focused, partially-diffused or fully-diffused stream of air to rear passengers.
  • Available Qi wireless charging pad for compatible Android devices as well as recent Apple iPhones.
  • Infinity® audio system features Clari-Fi™ and QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound technology

In July and August, editors evaluated and scored 23 vehicles available in the U.S. with all-new or re-engineered UX features such as display screens, interfaces or applications. There is no price cap, but overall value is a consideration. Honored automakers will receive their trophies on October 1 during the WardsAuto User Experience Conference at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.
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