Review: The new 2023 Hyundai Palisade is a Mercedes GLS for $30,000 less!

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Looking at the 2023 Hyundai Palisade, comparing it to much more expensive competitors.

Tommy and our friend Sofyan Bey from Redline Reviews were invited to North Carolina to review the updated 2023 Hyundai Palisade. Although it’s not an entirely new model – it debuted in 2018 – the Hyundai Palisade has received an angular facelift for this upcoming model year. This change, along with a few new trim levels, available huge 20-inch wheels, and revamped fascias cover the exterior updates.

Some larger updates, on the other hand, are apparent when you step inside. The updated dashboard features a sharper 12.0-inch infotainment screen. It is more configurable and the graphics have also been improved. There’s new upholstery, a redesigned steering wheel and an optional messaging driver’s seat.

The guys are reviewing the fully loaded luxurious calligraphy template in the video below. However, a more off-road focused XRT model also joins the lineup. All Hyundai Palisades have the same running gear and share a platform with the similar Kia Telluride. There’s only one powertrain, and it’s a 3.8-liter V6 that develops 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque.

This engine connects to an eight-speed automatic transmission, powering either the front or all wheels. All-wheel drive is optional on SE, SEL and Limited trim levels. Calligraphy and the premium XRT, however, come standard with AWD. When properly equipped, the Palisade can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

2023 Hyundai Palisade

Question: why is there no Palisade Hybrid?

At the start of the video, Sofyan and Tommy bring up an interesting point. Not only is there no additional powertrain for the Palisade, there’s no hybrid option. at all. Keep in mind that one of the hottest sellers on the market is the Toyota Highlander, and more than 20% of the company’s sales are hybrids (based on sales figures year-to-date 2022 through ‘in June). Seeing how popular hybrids have become in the wake of high gas prices over the past few months, those numbers will no doubt increase. In some cases, other competitors, such as Volvo, offer PHEV options across their range.

Knowing that Hyundai has the technology and the experience, it’s odd that they don’t offer a Palisade hybrid or PHEV. They do have hybrid versions of the Santa Fe and Tucson, so it might just be dropping.

Find out more about the revamped 2023 Hyundai Palisade in the video below: