Hyundai finally fixes what’s wrong with the SUV
Vehicle design is getting wackier and wackier as companies try to distinguish themselves from each other. In the end, that’s really the big difference because the technology, the safety features and soon the electric motors are all pretty much the same. For some, like BMW’s upcoming XM, styling tries too hard and becomes a disjointed mess. Others, like the 2023 Hyundai Palisade, mix in a trendy mid-cycle refresh without losing your mind. So we’re excited to see the 2023 Palisade upgraded.
Why the 2023 Hyundai Palisade Grille is Better
Hyundai’s Palisade has been a winner since the SUV launched in 2019. We loved it then, but with the new grille and other details, the automaker has improved on an already good thing. Fascia is now bolder and simpler. The pinched grille was a clear imitation of Lexus. Now, it has given way to a more massive grille, with its interesting square chrome blocks. We see this being introduced on more Hyundai models. This begins to carry a brand identification theme through its model lines.
And it did it without having to change the hood or fender tooling, although it appears to be. That brushed chrome lip at the top covers the recess of the previous Palisade grille. So the only real new tooling is the grille and the soft bumper that surrounds it on either side. Still, it makes the entire front end, including the fenders and bonnet, look brand new. They are not.
The Hyundai Palisade might have needed a bigger grille
Thus, the new front end is more aggressive, but not off-putting. And the chrome block mesh adds interest. All of this comes with an extra 0.7 inches of length. There are a lot of things that need to be crammed into the front of new cars. While that may not seem like a lot, the extra real estate was probably welcome and needed.
In the rear, a new lower valance with an integrated tow hook is also an improvement. Towing capacity is the same, however, at 5,000 lbs. That’s probably more than you’ll need, which only adds to the usefulness of the palisade. Remember, these are well-appointed three-row SUVs for just $37,000. In many ways, it clashes with much more expensive mid-size offerings.
Does the Palisade 2023 have new technology?
And the new front and rear ends aren’t even the biggest novelty. Its technological updates are equally impressive. Multi-screen displays gave way to a single 12.3-inch screen. And it is standard in all versions. Interesting quirks are the availability of white noise from ocean waves or a bustling cafe. And you can talk to rear passengers through a speaker system.
Hyundai BlueLink cloud app allows your phone to lock/unlock doors and start remotely. Virtual keys can now be sent and redeemed through Apple or Samsung Wallet. This allows owners to remotely send someone the ability to drive your Palisade without them downloading BlueLink. This capability can be revoked at any time from the host phone. There are also new, more advanced warnings so you don’t let children or dogs inside.
As for the powertrain, it remains the same as the previous Palisade. That means continuing with the naturally aspirated V6 hooked up to an eight-speed transmission. It is also still available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The premium calligraphy trim starts at $50,195.
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