Both the 2020 Hyundai Palisade and the 2020 Kia Telluride models are all-new for 2020. These three-row crossover SUVs are very similar, coming from sister brands owned by Hyundai Motor Group. Both models ride on the same chassis and have similar suspension settings. Whether you’ve been considering buying the Palisade at a dealer like the Inland Empire Hyundai dealership or you have your heart set on the Telluride, we’ll examine these two models and discover the differences between them.
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade and the 2020 Kia Telluride are similarly priced. The Palisade has a starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $31,975, while the Telluride starts at $31,890. The MSRP isn’t the price you should expect to pay when you visit a Hyundai dealership in the Inland Empire. We use this figure as a way to compare the two models.
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.