Hyundai is expanding its crossover and SUV segment. One of the hottest additions is still the Palisade mid-size SUV. It is becoming even more luxurious with the Calligraphy version. Still, if you want a true premium vehicle, then you should go after the company’s branch called Genesis and the GV80 model. The 2022 Hyundai Palisade is not bringing any cosmetic changes. On the other hand, under the hood, we could see new engines. One of them is a hybrid configuration. Another solution is the performance-oriented N setup.
There are a few reasons why you should consider the 2022 Hyundai Palisade as a good buy. First of all, this is still a fresh model with a high value. The entry-level version is packed with a lot of features you will have to pay extra on other SUVs. High-tech options are also available as you climb the trim-level ladder. The mid-size vehicle brings a lot of comfort, although the third row is a bit cramped. Well, if more space is needed, you will have to go after a full-size SUV. The ride is smooth, but the Palisade might improve the off-road capabilities. Like we got used to – the warranty is the best in the market with 5-year/60,000 miles coverage. The downside is the engine. Although new, it can be noisy. Cabin isolation might fix the issue. Another complaint was the lack of options. A hybrid or N setup will bring more engines.
2022 Hyundai Palisade Specs
Under the bonnet of the 2022 Hyundai Palisade will still lay a 3.8-liter V6 unit with 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. It is a new unit and seems pretty reliable so far. An 8-speed auto transmission is smooth and the combo is good for 5,000 pounds of towing capacity. This is an average for the mid-size SUV. Nisan Pathfinder is one of the rare models from this class to offer 6,000 pounds. The Palisade is keeping the gas mileage at the competitive level. Front-wheel drive is standard setup and the SUV is going to consume 19/26 mpg. Optionally, you can upgrade the ride to AWD. The cost is a higher consumption on highways (24 mpg).
Like said, the lack of engine options is one of the biggest downsides of the vehicle. According to rumors, the new 2022 Hyundai Palisade Hybrid is on the way. Not a surprise, since Tucson is about to debut with such a configuration. Also, more mid-size SUVs are delivering such offers with improved gas mileage. Just for example, Toyota Highlander returns 35 mpg. Even with paying extra for the vehicle, the gas mileage is going to return the investment. On the other hand, insiders are still not confirming if engineers are upgrading a V6 with electric batteries. Also, the PHEV is possible with some EV range.
The 2022 Hyundai Palisade N is going to be the performance SUV. It all started as the April’s Fool joke, but now it seems to be so real option. A 3.5-liter engine used by Genesis GV80 is getting a treatment to deliver 400+ horsepower. The carmaker denies the existence of prototypes, but fans are pretty sure that engineers are working on such a model. Still, with an official statement saying ‘NO’, we don’t want to dig further through rumors. If you want to read more, Car and Driver report says a few other things about the Palisade N.
2022 Hyundai Palisade Packages
The base version of the 2022 Hyundai Palisade is SE and it is already considered as one of the best entry-level SUVs in the mid-size market. LED lights are standard, and the highlight of the exterior design is a set of 18-inch wheels. Parking sensors are there as well. Three rows of seats offer eight spots. The center of the infotainment system is an 8-inch display. A good offer is not reflected on the price, which is still at the reasonable level – under $33,000. If you compare the Palisade SE to any other model from the same class, with a similar offer, you will find this one as the best buy.
The SEL is going to make the interior even more elegant with a sunroof and captain’s chairs. Seating capacity drops to seven. Front buckets come with heating and the driver’s seat is power-adjustable. Blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert will enhance safety. Limited edition was the premium offer. A dual-panel power sunroof is an upgrade, while the upholstery is leather. Rain-sensing wipers are added, as well as ventilated seats. The infotainment system features a 12-inch touchscreen and a Harman Kardon 630-watt sound system. The price goes up and starts at $47,000.
The 2022 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy is the new top of the class model. Highlights of this SUV are 20-inch wheels and a more premium interior. Quilted leather is on door panels, while the headliner features simulated suedes. The steering wheel is wrapped in perforated leather. For this one, you should pay just under $50,000.