2023 Hyundai Palisade sports a bolder face and more tech

  • The 2023 Hyundai Palisade has been refreshed and unveiled at the New York Auto Show.
  • Along with sharp styling, the interior has been reconfigured and now comes standard with a 12.0-inch infotainment screen.
  • The powertrain is unchanged, with Palisade continuing to use a 3.8-liter V6, good for 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.

    The Hyundai Palisade has been a hit for the South Korean brand since it went on sale for the 2020 model year, racking up over 80,000 sales in 2020 and repeating that feat in 2021. Now Hyundai is giving the midsize SUV its first refresh, with the 2023 Palisade featuring even bolder styling, a reconfigured interior and the latest tech gadgets.

    Michel SimariCar and driver

    The Palisade’s grille is now more rectangular and features an armor-like graphic treatment similar to that of the Tucson and Santa Cruz. The thick boomerang-shaped vertical LED light signature has been pushed to the outer edge of the fascia, visually widening the SUV, and overall the lines of the Palisade are squarer than before. The rear bumper is redesigned and the Palisade shown here rolls on new 20-inch 15-spoke wheels. These photos represent the top-of-the-line Calligraphy model, with photos of the lower trim to approximate the on-sale date.

    The interior was also reworked, with a new steering wheel design and thin horizontal air vents extending across the dashboard. A 12.0-inch infotainment screen is now standard, and USB-C ports have been dotted throughout the interior. The Palisade also offers a driver’s seat that includes a massage feature, while the third row gains heated seats and the second row gains retractable head restraints and seat ventilation.

    The palisade sports many modern technologies. For example, a digital rearview mirror is now an option, while wireless charging capability is faster than before. The latest version of Hyundai Digital Key, which allows owners to use an iPhone, Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy to lock, unlock and start their car instead of a key, is also available, or drivers can start the car remotely via key fob or Blue Link app. The Palisade also becomes the first Hyundai to offer Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

    Michel SimariCar and driver

    The 3.8-liter V6 engine is unchanged in the 2023 Palisade, still producing 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The eight-speed automatic transmission is also retained, and the Palisade can still be had with front or all-wheel drive. Palisades equipped with all-wheel drive benefit from a tow mode that reprograms the transmission to hold lower gears longer and reduces the frequency of gear changes. The Palisade should also be safer than before, with rear side airbags now standard. A host of driver assistance systems are on offer, including forward collision avoidance assist, navigation-based intelligent cruise control, highway driving assist and intelligent parking assist from a distance.

    Hyundai also says the Palisade will add XRT trim in the same vein as the Santa Fe and Tucson XRT models revealed last year. The Palisade XRT will effectively be an off-road appearance package, with dark 20-inch wheels, skid plates, roof rails and dark trim. More information and images of the XRT are expected in the coming months. The 2023 Palisade will go on sale in early summer, with prices announced closer to the on-sale date. We expect the price to rise slightly, with the current 2022 Palisade starting at $34,845 and the Calligraphy model at $48,535.

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