The 2020 Palisade is Hyundai’s first foray into three-row SUV territory, but it’s already a serious competitor to other vehicles in its segment. The all-new 2020 Hyundai Palisade can seat seven or eight passengers. Tthe Hyundai Palisade offers unique interior and exterior styling that separates it from the Kia. When you visit the Inland Empire Hyundai dealership and test drive the Palisade, you’ll discover its exceptional ride and handling.
Some buyers looking for a three-row SUV may be considering the 2020 Honda Pilot. We’ll take a look at these two models and see which one comes out as the better buy.
According to the Hyundai dealership in the Inland Empire, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine that develops 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Honda Pilot is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 that’s good for 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.
All Palisade trims come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the Pilot’s lower trims only get a six-speed automatic transmission.
Consumer Reports testing reveals the Hyundai Palisade is faster than the Honda Pilot. The Palisade was able to sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, while the Pilot made the trip in 7.5 seconds.
You’ll appreciate the Palisade’s handling compared to the Pilot. The 2020 Palisade features standard front and rear gas-charged shocks, which provide more control over choppy road surfaces. You won’t find this feature in the Pilot. The Palisade’s available automatic rear load leveling suspension keeps the ride height level when the vehicle is towing or carrying a heavy load. This is another feature that’s not available in the 2020 Pilot.
The Palisade’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than the Pilot. This translates into more stable handling and a smoother ride. The Palisade also has a smaller turning circle than the Pilot (38.7 feet vs. 39.4 feet), providing better maneuverability. Finally, the Palisade has more ground clearance than the Pilot, which lets it drive over rougher terrain without damage.
The Palisade Limited trim comes with a Multi-view Camera System that lets the driver see obstacles around the vehicle on a display. The Pilot has a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors. This setup doesn’t display objects on the vehicle’s side.
When Palisade drivers turn the vehicle off, a reminder sounds to check the back seat if the rear door was opened before the trip began. This life-saving feature isn’t offered in the Honda Pilot.
Drowsy driving is dangerous and leads to countless deaths every year. The Palisade’s driver alert monitor can detect when the driver becomes inattentive and sounds a warning to suggest a break. The Pilot doesn’t have a comparable feature.
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade received the highest score of Good in all six IIHS crash tests. The 2020 Honda Pilot received a Good rating in five tests, with the score of Acceptable for Small overlap front: passenger side.
When you compare the 2020 Hyundai Palisade with the 2020 Honda Pilot, the latter comes up short. The Palisade has a more powerful engine, a better standard transmission and exclusive safety features.