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A lot’s changed for the Hyundai Santa Fe lineup - facelifts, name changes, and so on. It’s been a bit confusing, understandably so. With the upcoming launch of the Palisade, we figured we’d get ahead of the curve and let you know exactly what’s going on. In this blog post, we’ll break down all the major changes of the Santa Fe lineup and fill you in on the highly-anticipated Palisade!


Here’s what you need to know:

  • What used to be the Santa Fe Sport has been upgraded to the Santa Fe, the smallest of the lineup. The “Sport” title is being dropped altogether.  

  • The former Santa Fe now goes by Santa Fe XL.

  • Arriving this summer is the Palisade, which joins the ranks of 3-row crossovers.


So, What’s the Big Deal with the Palisade Anyway?

The Palisade was built to rival the likes of the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, and so on. It’s taking the crown as Hyundai’s flagship SUV. It may be entering the ring a little late in the game, but it doesn’t pull any punches. From head to toe, it’s wider and taller than the Santa Fe XL, creating an incredibly spacious interior. It seats up to 8 people, with legroom to spare. Unlike smaller SUVs, the third row is quite roomy, and we mean it. Passengers will no longer have to draw straws to decide who’s going to be crammed in the back. Best of all, even with the upgraded third row, cargo space is not infringed upon in the slightest. This luxurious powerhouse is perfect for large, active families looking to make outdoor excursions more comfortable!


Let’s Get to the Specifics


Exterior Details and Engine Power

Visually, the Palisade exudes class and power, on par with the most luxurious SUVs on the market (think the Lincoln Navigator or the Range Rover). At 196.1 inches, it’s about as long as a great white shark! This opens up the door for 18 cubic feet of cargo space, 4.0 more than the XL. Told you that precious cargo space wouldn’t be compromised! Standing at 68.9 inches tall and 77.8 inches wide, it’s got a leg up on its predecessor. Its wheelbase is a whopping 114.2 inches, built to brave rugged terrain and the daily commute alike. Its color scheme features white, silver, hues of gray, black, deep burgundy, and dark blue.   


The Palisade houses a 3.8-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering 291 horsepower at 6,000rpm to the front wheels. Torque clocks in at 262 lb/ft at 5,200 rpm. If you prefer AWD, have no fear. It will be optional across all trims. At this time, specifics on fuel economy have not been released. However, we do know that the Palisade utilizes the Atkinson cycle, which means you’ll enjoy impressive fuel economy with modest performance. The Palisade has a standard towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, complete with a hitch and other optional accessories to accommodate your every need.


Interior Details, Technology, and Safety Features

The Palisade comes with six trims: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited, and Ultimate. Quilted Nappa leather interior is offered on the two highest trims. Power folding seats make loading up luggage a breeze. To make your life even easier, hands-free power liftgate with auto open will be available as well!


The Palisade comes equipped with Hyundai’s latest navigation system and Hyundai Smart Sense. It’s also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The center console features an 8.0-inch touchscreen can be updated to 10.3-inches with navigation if so desired. With in-car intercom, you’ll be able to communicate easily (and much more safely) with passengers in the back row from the comfort of the driver’s seat. Want to keep the music going in the front but give the back some quiet time? Rear seat conversation/sleep mode will allow you to do just that. With 7 USB ports, no one will have to worry about their phone battery draining on long trips.


Going on size alone, the Palisade feels strong and formidable, but its safety features up the game even more. The list includes, but is not limited to:

  • Blind spot monitoring

  • Ultrasonic rear occupant alert (sends drivers a text to let them know a passenger or pet has been left in the vehicle)  

  • Emergency breaking

  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Collision avoidance assist

  • Adaptive high-beam headlights


The Palisade promises an unmatched peace of mind to its driver, all wrapped up in a solid, durable package. It’s setting the new standard for SUVs in its class, and we can’t wait to see just how far it goes.


And finally, to answer your most burning question - yes, the Palisade does have cupholders. 16 to be exact!


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