The 2023 Hyundai Palisade gets a tough facelift

The 2022 Hyundai Palisade currently ranks sixth on our list of the best 3-row SUVs. But it’s almost a twin of the vehicle that sits first, the Kia Telluride. They share the same chassis, the same engine, the same transmission – they even have almost identical dimensions.

The differences between the two are mainly matters of style. With its squarer, more robust look and sleek interior design, the Telluride wins the battle of the intangibles.

For 2023, Hyundai is going to make purchasing decisions much more difficult. The palisade gets a makeover at the Telluride.

Robust new look

Mechanically, nothing has changed. The Palisade gets the same 291-hp V6, 8-speed automatic transmission, standard front-wheel drive (FWD) and optional all-wheel drive (AWD) as last year.

But the mood of the SUV has changed. The old grille is gone, replaced by a wider, squarer version. The daytime running lights are integrated more seamlessly into the grille. The headlights underneath also take on a square shape.

Will it be enough to fill the gap with its cousin Kia? Only time and sales numbers will tell.

The 2023 Palisade is still offered in SE, SEL, Limited and Calligraphy trim levels. But Hyundai is adding an off-road-style XRT trim to the lineup for the new model year.

The XRT rolls on 20-inch wheels and adds a sunroof and leatherette upholstery. But the real changes are coming for those who get into the AWD. These models are also equipped with Hill Descent Control and two new riding modes – Snow and Tow.


Hyundai is also charging $1,295 to deliver the palisade, up $70 from last year.

Trim level MSRP
SE TA $34,950
SE TI $36,850
SALT TA $37,950
SL TI $39,850
XRT TA $40,250
XRT AWD $42,150
Limited traction $46,500
Limited all-wheel drive $48,400
Front calligraphy $48,900
AWD Calligraphy $50,800

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