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2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy in Moonlight Cloud (a $400 colour choice)

Consumer Guide Automotive 2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

Class: Midsize Crossover

Colour: Moonlight Cloud

CG Report Card
Room and Consolation A
Energy and Efficiency B
Match and End A
Gas Economic system B-
Worth A
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different autos in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim degree evaluated, and should not replicate Client Information’s impressions of your entire mannequin lineup.
Huge & Tall Consolation
Huge Man A
Tall Man A
Huge & Tall consolation scores are for entrance seats solely. “Huge” score primarily based on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” score primarily based on 6’6″-tall male tester.
Drivetrain
Engine Specs 291-hp 3.8-liter
Engine Sort V6
Transmission 8-speed computerized
Drive Wheels AWD

Miles pushed: 847

Noticed gasoline economic system: 20.6 mpg

Driving combine: 25% metropolis, 75% freeway

EPA-estimated gasoline economic system: 19/25/21 (mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed)

Gas sort: Common gasoline

Base worth: $49,200 (not together with $1295 vacation spot cost)

Choices on take a look at car: Particular paint ($400)

Value as examined: $50,495

 

Fast Hits

The good: Premium cabin appointments, beneficiant passenger house

The nice: Loads of energy, first rate gasoline economic system, long-trip consolation

The not so good: Extra freeway highway noise than we’d like

 

Tom Appel:

How model aware are you? I ask, as a result of you’ll be able to pay an terrible lot for a badge. I believe you understand the place that is going…

A few years in the past, I bought a name from a colleague relating to my comparatively constructive tackle Cadillac’s midsize 3-row XT6 crossover. And, certainly, I discovered the XT6 to be a properly completed and intensely refined car; a superb multi-passenger freeway long-haul cruiser. After defending my place on the XT6, I requested what he would recommend as an alternative of the Caddy. “Palisade” he mentioned. “Hmm,” I assumed.

2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

Right here at Client Information, we usually suggest cross procuring inside class. And, the Palisade (Midsize Crossover) and the XT6 (Premium Midsize Crossover) are in numerous classes. The excellence between classes primarily comes all the way down to physique sort and worth vary, and thus the Hyundai and the Caddy play in numerous strata. However the query raised by my colleague is, do they actually?

A little bit of historical past: The Hyundai Palisade and shut cousin Kia Telluride had been launched for the 2020 mannequin yr. Each autos represented distinctive greenback worth, and supplied close to full-size SUV room and luxury at a midsize crossover worth. And, even the mid-level trims had been very properly outfitted and completed.

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2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

For 2021, Hyundai added a brand new high trim degree to the Palisade lineup: Calligraphy.  If you happen to had been solely an informal trade observer, you may suppose that Hyundai was overreaching with the Calligraphy, however shoppers appear impressed. Hyundai stories that Calligraphy fashions account for roughly 40 p.c of Palisade gross sales. Moreover, throughout my first take a look at drive of a Palisade Calligraphy, two separate strangers requested me if I used to be driving the brand new Vary Rover. Actually.

Now, different mainstream manufacturers supply high-end variations of their midsize crossovers. The Toyota Highlander Platinum and the Ford Explorer King Ranch each play as near-premium autos, however the Palisade takes issues a half step additional.

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2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

For 2023, the Palisade lineup ascends by 5 trim ranges: base SE, standard SEL, new XRT, well-equipped Restricted, and luxury-level Calligraphy. The brand new XRT sports activities an off-road theme, and is comparable in idea to the brand new Ford Explorer Timberline. All Palisades include 3-row seating. Base costs for the Palisade lineup vary from about $35,000 to $50,000. So, in the event you’re not fascinated with a premium crossover expertise, you’ll be able to nonetheless construct a properly outfitted Palisade for lower than $40,000.

Among the many many issues separating the Calligraphy from lesser Palisades are a singular grille, particular exterior trim, distinctive 20-inch alloy wheels, Nappa leather-based seating surfaces, massaging seats, ambient cabin lighting,  and a usually extra upscale inside.

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2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

A 2023 Palisade freshening brings with it blockier exterior design, a higher-resolution touchscreen, and Wi-Fi hotspot.

All Palisades are powered by s stout 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 mated to an 8-speed computerized transmission. Energy goes to the entrance wheels except AWD is ordered.

Client Information frolicked with an AWD Calligraphy. Primarily a one-price trim degree, our take a look at automobile got here to $52,395, together with the one obtainable choice, further value paint (Moonlight Cloud, $400).

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2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

Inside, the luxury-alternative factor comes throughout fairly convincingly. The fluted leather-based door trim, matte-finish aluminum accents, and weathered-look wooden inlays not solely look high-end, the fashionable design appears to be like like one thing you’d discover in a top-trim-level Audi or Volvo. Colour us impressed. The cabin is practical as nicely. The management structure is uncomplicated, and touch-screen operation is straightforward to be taught and easy to handle. Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are customary, by the best way.

There’s loads of grownup house within the entrance and a couple ofnd rows. The third row, which is comparatively simple to succeed in, will accommodate a midsize grownup for an inexpensive period of time, although in observe we’d reserve placement for youthful and extra nimble passengers. If there’s a single metric by which the Calligraphy fails its luxurious mission, it is perhaps cabin noise. Windrush ranges, although acceptable at this worth level, are excessive for the premium crossover class. Thankfully, the wonderful Harmon Kardon sound system supplies loads of incentive to show up the music and squelch the noise.

Transferring alongside, the massive V6 serves up loads of helpful torque at low pace and ample passing and merging energy. When pushed the engine sounds refined, and is hardly heard in relaxed cruising.

Our test-drive expertise embody some critical freeway time. Earlier than hitting the highway we had been averaging an inexpensive 18.9 mpg in largely metropolis driving. After a fast run to Des Moines, Iowa from the Chicago space, our common gasoline economic system jumped to twenty.6 mpg, not dangerous on condition that the car was nicely loaded with individuals and stuff.

On the freeway, we discovered the headlights aimed too low for simple signal studying at evening. Although the highway forward was nicely illuminated, speed-limit and different indicators had been positioned simply above the sunshine area. This can be an issue simply mounted by a easy adjustment.

As for cargo, the Palisade supplies loads of helpful cupboard space in again. A comparatively low flooring helps when loading and unloading the massive stuff.

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2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

CG Says:

Whereas there’s nothing fallacious with driving a Hyundai, driving a Palisade Calligraphy could be very very like driving a car $10,000-20,000 dearer. Whereas we wouldn’t fault customers for choosing the extra inexpensive Restricted trim degree, the Calligraphy may signify the very best worth choice within the Palisade lineup. If you happen to’re not particularly model aware, Hyundai has a luxury-crossover deal for you.

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2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

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