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  • Writer's pictureCory Fourniquet

Is the 2024 Hyundai Palisade the Perfect Vehicle for a Texas-Sized Road Trip?

The 2024 Hyundai Palisade is the brand's largest vehicle sold stateside, and the sibling to the much-beloved Kia Telluride. Does it live up to the Kia's success, or is it bound to live in the shadows forever?

We had our XRT trimmed tester for a week which included a road trip from Eat Texas to Austin, and back as well as a full solar eclipse. What we found in that time was that this is a well-built, perfectly-sized three-row SUV/crossover that will fit in well with most families.

The XRT trim is eventually going to mean something as Hyundai is aiming for a true off-road-focused trim of their vehicles however, this one falls a bit short in that arena. I would classify this one as more of a dark appearance package than I would an off-road adventure-mobile.

The grille, wheels, and cladding are all blacked out for the XRT, lower rockers are large and chunky to provide a rugged look, roof rails compliment the adventure vibe the brand is aiming for, and that is about it. No additional ground clearance, no off-road tires, and no changes to the AWD system.

Inside, passengers are welcomed by comfy seating for 7 passengers, though the middle seat in the third row is a bit narrow. Front seats are heated only and all seats are wrapped in the brand's H-TEX synthetic leather seating material. No floor mats in this one, just carpet as far as you can see, luckily that too has been blacked out.

Power is supplied by a 3.8L V6. No turbos or forced induction. No gimmicks, just a tried-and-true honest-to-goodness V6 moving this vehicle via AWD.

Room inside was the big selling point for us. As a family of 3, we do not need a 3-row, but the idea appeals to us with all of our extended family nearby. There was enough room in the second row to install a rear-facing child safety seat without needing to move the front seat forward, a HUGE win in a parenting vehicle of choice. Sliding second-row seats meant that I could pull the kiddo closer to me if I felt compelled, or if third row passengers needed more space.

Find out more about how it fit our family by watching our tour and family review videos below.

2024 Hyundai Palisade XRT Specs:

  • 3.8L Direct Injection V6 Engine

  • 291 Horsepower

  • 262 lb-ft of Torque

  • 8-speed Automatic Transmission

  • Active On-demand All-wheel Drive with Center-locking Differential

  • Torque-vectoring Cornering Control

  • Drive Mode Selector with 5 Drive Modes

  • Comfort

  • Eco

  • Sport

  • Smart

  • Snow

  • Ground Clearance: 8 Inches

  • Seating for 7

  • Heated Front Seats

  • Second Row Captain’s Chairs

  • H—TEX-trimmed Seating

  • 8-way Power Driver's Seat with 2-way Lumbar

  • 8-way Power Passenger Seat with Lumbar

  • 60/40 Manual Folding Third Row Seats

  • 20-inch Black Alloy Wheels

  • 245/50 R20 Hankook Ventus S1noble2 Tires

  • 18 Cubic Feet of Storage Space Behind the Rear Seats

  • 45.8 Cubic Feet of Storage Space Behind the Second Row

  • 86.4 Cubic Feet Behind the First Row

  • 12.3-inch Infotainment Screen with Wired Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™

  • 4.2-inch Digital Driver Information Display

  • Qi Wireless Charger

  • Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control

  • Standard-sized Sunroof

  • Rearview Camera System

  • Hyundai SmartSense Technologies

  • Blind-spot Collision Warning

  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-avloidance Assist

  • Forward Collision-avoidance Assist with Car/Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection and Junction Turning

  • Lane Following Assist

  • Lane Keeping Assist

  • Driver Attention Warning

  • Safe Exit Assist

  • Parking Distance Warning - Reverse

  • Rear Occupant Alert with Ultrasonic Sensor

  • Highway Driving Assist

  • Proximity Key with Push Button Start

  • EPA Estimated Fuel Economy 19/24/21 (city/hwy/cmb)

  • Starting MSRP $36,650

  • Price as tested: $45,100

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