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    First Impressions: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

      Escalade looks on a Hyundai budget

    It is not as big as it looks, it is front wheel drive, the front end is polarizing, but Hyundai just might show the world that persistence pays off.  This is their third try at a full-size 3-row SUV, but this might be the one that makes it stick.

    When I first saw the pictures of the Palisade, I thought it might be as big as a Nissan Armada but in person is a different story.  In real terms it is smaller inside than a Honda Pilot or Chevy Traverse.  Materials inside feel high quality and the design is attractive.  If Hyundai used another vehicle for a template of the interior, the Buick Enclave is probably it.

    The exterior is much edgier. With big SUV looks and even verticle accent lighting, the Palisade looks like a knock-off Escalade from the front. The Palisade will have heavy competition from the Traverse, Enclave, and a new Explorer coming that will be coming next year.

    I'm not sure the mixture of styling will appeal to this class of buyer.

    The jury is still out..... that's my opinion on the 2020 Hyundai Palisade.

    Related: 2020 Hyundai Palisade Tries to Break-In Into the Three-Row Crossover Set



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    Size is always the issue in this class.  Which is what Subaru, Volkswagen, others learned.  GM defined this segment with the Lambdas (and subsequently shot themselves in the foot with a downsized Acadia).  Current Traverse still the ideal size.  

    Palisade is a 3 row new Sante Fe, so the Sante Fe is nicely large but the Palisade maybe doesn't add much more real space despite the third row.

    Hyundai will credit / finance anyone and can manufacture cheap payments.... so this may allow access to the third row market that some buyers previously did not have.

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    I  think this will do well.  It looks better than a Traverse or Pilot or Explorer, appears to have a better interior and Hyundai usually prices pretty aggressive plus a big warranty.  This will have a lot of appeal.

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    9 hours ago, balthazar said:

    Good or bad, there's one thing you can't take away from hyundai; they have zero design language.

    At least Kia has that. The Telluride (light) concept looks much better than this does. 

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    13 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    I  think this will do well.  It looks better than a Traverse or Pilot or Explorer, appears to have a better interior and Hyundai usually prices pretty aggressive plus a big warranty.  This will have a lot of appeal.

    To mainstream buyers, yes. It will have huge appeal.

    9 hours ago, balthazar said:

    Good or bad, there's one thing you can't take away from hyundai; they have zero design language.

    They have design language, just very little of it good. I really like the stinger, but that is  Kia product.  The new Hyundai design language makes the new Silverado like the a 58 Cadillac Biarritz by comparison.

    16 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    At least Kia has that. The Telluride (light) concept looks much better than this does. 

    Agree completely.

    13 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    I  think this will do well.  It looks better than a Traverse or Pilot or Explorer, appears to have a better interior and Hyundai usually prices pretty aggressive plus a big warranty.  This will have a lot of appeal.

    Pilot and Explorer are a very, very low bar to exceed though. Especially the Pilot. Even given my feelings about Ford I would take an Explorer over a Pilot.

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