Hyundai Palisade 3.8L Highlander 2WD SUV 2023 Review

Is the Hyundai Palisade any good

Palisade 3.8L Highlander – Last week I drove the Hyundai Palisade Highlander. The version I had was the 3.8L petrol version. The Highlander comes in both seven and eight seat models.

Hyundai Palisade Highlander 3.8L V6 Petrol front qtr The 3.8L V6 petrol engine comes with 217kW of power and 3550Nm of torque. It’s a front wheel drive only model and has a smooth 8 Speed automatic transmission.

It’s a reasonable combination, but I definitely prefer the 2.2L diesel engine and AWD combination.

Palisade is a large family-based SUV that showcases the best features in the Hyundai SUV range.

Its stylish and spacious. Little features such as heated and ventilated front seats, Hyundai BlueLink connectivity, large 12.3 inch driver instrument cluster and same central touch screen. This has excellent resolution and clarity. A clever Hyundai/Kia feature is the indicator camera in the dash dials.

Safety is catered for by the Hyundai smartsense system. There is also a digital reverse mirror, 3D surround camera and a wireless phone charge pad.

For a large SUV the Palisade rides and handles smoothly. Its tight and responds well to driver inputs. With large windows everywhere it has an open feel and good visibility.

Hyundai Palisade Highlander is priced from $75,900 plus the usual costs.

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Hyundai Palisade Highlander 3.8L V6 Petrol front

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What is good?

  • Comfortable ride and handling
  • Stylish design, Luxury, and comfort
  • Size and space

What is not so good?

  • No wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Adaptive Cruise control not selective
  • Thirsty and bit sluggish

Also look at.

Big SUV’s are now common and there is a wide choice

Buyers could also look at the diesel sibling the Palisade 2.2L.

Otherwise the Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Kluger, Peugeot 5008 GT, Kia Carnival,

Hyundai Palisade Highlander 3.8L V6 Petrol engine 2

Hyundai Palisade 3.8L Highlander 

Model   

Highlander 3.8L FWD

Model Price $74,965 MLP*
Engine 3.8L 4 Cyl petrol Euro 5
Drivetrain 8 Sp AT 2WD
Battery Capacity / type N/A
Power 217kW @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 355Nm @ 5,200rpm
Range (WLTP) / ADR 855Km max
Economy / efficiency ADR 10.7L/100k
Economy on test 12.5L/100k
Fast Charge / Home N/A
Safety 5 Star ANCAP (tested Aug 2022)
CO2 Emissions 251g/100km
0-100kmh/Top Speed N/A
Servicing 12mth / 10,000km Capped Price
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km
Roadside Assist 5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Hyundai Palisade Highlander 3.8L V6 Petrol interior 4 pic

Overall Rating    

83/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 7
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Towing / AWD Capability 5  (AWD – N/A Towing 5/10)
Technology/connectivity 9
Value for Money 9

*Towing and AWD Capability is compared to other similar vehicles in the same class.

Hyundai Palisade Highlander 3.8L V6 Petrol boot space 4 pic

Dimensions

 
Overall Length 4995mm
Wheelbase 2900mm
Width 1975mm
Height 1750mm
Wheels 20×7.5 Alloy
Tyres 245/50 R20
Max ground clearance Up to 203mm
Wading Depth TBA
Approach 18.5 degrees
Rampover 17.9 degrees
Departure angle 20.3 degrees
Turning Circle KTK 11.8m
Boot Min 311Lmm
Boot Max 1297mm
Kerb Weight 1984kg
Payload (kg) 686kg
GVM (kg) 2670kg
GCM 4870kg
Towing Capacity 2200kg
Tow Ball rating 100kg

Hyundai Palisade Highlander 3.8L V6 Petrol rear

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Summary

Palisade is a large family-based SUV that showcases the best features in the Hyundai SUV range.

The version I had was the 3.8L V6 petrol version. The Highlander comes in both seven and eight seat models.

Hyundai Palisade Highlander is priced from $75,900 plus the usual costs.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.