Palisade 2021 calligraphy, luxurious despite the bourgeois price
Frank A. Aukofer
It’s easy to conclude that Hyundai has taken it a step further with the 2021 Palisade three-row crossover sport utility vehicle.
After debuting as a 2020 model, the Palisade received accolades across the automotive multiverse, along with its fraternal cousin, the Kia Telluride. In any number of ratings and reviews, both crossovers were rated one and / or two in the mid-size three-row crossover category.
It becomes a familiar story. The two South Korean companies are part of the same family and have recently delivered attractive vehicles with high quality content and competitive prices. They share the engineering, engines and powertrains, but follow their own instincts when it comes to styling and other ingredients.
For the 2021 model year, Hyundai has upped the stakes with a new high-end trim level called the Palisade Calligraphy. The old top Limited has been relegated to the background, with the cheaper SEL and SE versions.
The Calligraphy, with striking exterior styling highlighted by an intimidatingly intimidating grille with triangular accents and eye-catching alloy rims, fell into the luxury class despite its more bourgeois price tag.
Inside, the luxurious personality of the Calligraphy encompasses a variety of quality materials, including quilted leather trim on the doors and faux wood accents. Also: upholstery and steering wheel in perforated leather; rear sun visor; heated and ventilated seats; a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation, SXM satellite radio and Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
The center console expands storage space with cup holders that fold inside the console and are spring loaded. If you need to secure a mug, all you need to do is press a button and they snap into place.
Full safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping and lane assist, adaptive cruise control and intelligent angle warning system death integrated into the dashboard. When you click on the left or right turn signal, the rear view on each side will appear, briefly replacing the speedometer or tachometer.
You can check the blind spots on both sides without looking at the exterior mirrors. However, while innovative, the system is useless if you are one of the few motorists who can properly adjust the exterior mirrors, which are the original blind sports monitors.
The calligraphy tested for this review carried an opening price of $ 48,935. But it was so well equipped that there was only one option: $ 215 for carpeted floor mats. All-wheel drive is standard. Lower trim levels, front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive, are the SE, which starts at $ 33,800, including destination charges; SEL, at $ 36,510, and Limited, $ 46,460.
There’s plenty of power from a 3.8-liter, 291-horsepower V6 engine that delivers 262 pound-feet of torque, enough to move this 4,387-pound beauty at 60 miles per hour in one cut less. of seven seconds, with a top speed of 130 miles an hour. An eight-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and paddle shifters transmits power to the road.
There are five selectable driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Eco, Smart and Snow. Comfort provides a slightly smoother ride and Sport offers slightly sharper handling. But you have to be very careful to notice the differences. Either works well in everyday driving.
When traveling, the Palissade was a pleasant companion. He sailed calmly with confident handling and fatigue-free long-distance riding, although he wasn’t particularly keen on challenging winding mountain roads.
The Calligraphy tested was a seven-passenger model with generous space and second-row captain’s seats. They were as comfortable and supportive as the front seats, with multiple adjustments and enough travel to provide knee room for third-row passengers.
The third row sits on a raised platform about four inches higher than the second row floor. But there is still enough headroom for humans of modest stature and for the knees if the second row seats are moved forward. There are three seat belts there, but the passengers had better be skinny or kids.
The third row seats are electrically reclining and folding. There’s 18 cubic feet for cargo, accessed through a hands-free automatic tailgate, which extends to 46 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 86 cubic feet if you fold the second row as well. The head restraints lower automatically when you lower the seat backs.
Besides the Telluride, the Palisade competes hands down with the Ford Explorer, Buick Enclave, Mazda CX-9, Volkswagen Atlas, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder.
Model: 2021 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy four-door crossover sport utility vehicle
Motor: 3.8-liter V6; 291 hp, 262 lb-ft of torque
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and all-wheel drive
Total length: 16 feet, 4 inches
Height: 5 feet, 9 inches
Passenger / cargo volume EPA / SAE: 155/18 cubic feet
Weight: 4.387 lb
Towing capacity: Maximum 5,000 pounds properly equipped
EPA city / highway / combined fuel consumption: 19/24/21 mpg
Base price including destination charges: $ 48,935
Price tested: $ 49,150