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What is the Hyundai Palisade Comparable To?

What is the Hyundai Palisade Comparable To

With a focus on hauling the family in comfort, the Hyundai Palisade is a midsize SUV that impresses with lots of standard equipment and a well-crafted upscale cabin that offers third-row seating and even more room than the Ford Explorer.

It’s the SUV to choose if you want a luxurious feeling experience that’s modestly priced for an SUV.

It’s also earned impressive ratings from Consumer Reports.

With so much going for it, you might be wondering, what is the Hyundai Palisade comparable to?

That’s why we created this list of family-friendly midsize SUVs with seating up to seven that are comparable to the Hyundai Palisade.

Hyundai Palisade

Engine291 HP V6
Transmission8-speed automatic
Cargo Space18 cubic feet
Towing Capacity5,000 pounds

1. Kia Telluride

Kia Telluride

Engine: V6 | 291 HP

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Cargo Space: 21 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 5,000 to 5,500

Mechanically similar, the Kia Telluride is the Hyundai Palisade’s closest rival.

But whereas the Palisade offers a plush ride, the Telluride’s ride comfort is more sport oriented, which is to say harsh by comparison.

Like the Palisade, the Telluride is a stylish family-oriented SUV with a long list of standard features that offers a near luxury experience.

Among its list of perks is a smooth V6 and a refined ride that’s comparable to SUVs costing twice as much.

Like the Palisade, the Telluride features a front-wheel drivetrain.

2. Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer

Engine: turbocharged or twin turbocharged and intercooled inline 4 | 300 & 400 HP

Transmission: 10-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Cargo Space: 18 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 5,000 to 5,600 pounds

Since its introduction in 1991, families have used the Ford Explorer as a daily cruiser.

As such, Ford’s decision to give the Explorer more carlike handling by building the SUV on a car chassis was the right way to go even though it was hard for people like me to cotton to the idea at first.

What has that done for the legendary Explorer?

It’s given it a more comfortable on-road ride with third row seating for even more passengers than the first-generation Explorer.

Making it even more comfortable and practical for families than ever before.

Ford offers plenty of tech features and safety features, too. But the Explorer is not as polished as some of the other SUVs on the list.

3. Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Engine: V6 | 293 HP

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Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Cargo Space: 38 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 6,200 pounds

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the few midsize SUVs on the market with the distinction of offering all-wheel drive.

And legitimate off-roading capabilities.

If you choose the Grand Cherokee, there are lots of models to select from including an optional V8 and plug-in-hybrid called 4xe.

If you’re looking for a package that’s more luxurious for you and your family.

You’ll want to consider the midrange and high-end trims which feature more upscale materials.

No matter the trim, you still get off-roading capabilities for busting trails.

4. Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9

Engine: turbocharged and intercooled inline 4 | 227 HP

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Cargo Space: 14 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 3,500 pounds

If you want a family hauler with engaging driving dynamics at a fairly affordable price. Look no further than the Mazda CX-9.

Driving dynamics are similar to what the Cayenne and the Macan are to Porsche cars – while you won’t mistake the CX-9 for a Miata, it’s nevertheless satisfying to drive.

This eagerness to entertain behind the wheel has its downsides, though. Namely, that you’re trading interior room for a lively driving experience.

But like most Mazdas, the CX-9 is gorgeous to look at inside and out with premium materials.

5. Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder

Engine: V6 | 284 HP

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

Cargo Space: 17 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 3,500 to 6,000 pounds

This is one of the few SUVs with seating for seven with a comparatively low entry price. And you get more towing capability than the Hyundai Palisade.

You wouldn’t expect an SUV costing this little to have an interior that does such a great job at isolating you and your occupants from road noise.

Unlike the Mazda CX-9, however, the driving characteristics are yawn inducing. And even though it offers all-wheel drive.

It’s not as off-road worthy as the Jeep Grand Cherokee L despite its adventurous image.

But for daily commutes and long road trips, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more compliant SUV that offers such a generous towing capacity for a V6.

6. Dodge Durango

Dodge Durango

Engine: V6 and V8 | 293 to 710 HP

Transmission: 8-speed automatic w/ manual shifting mode

Cargo Space: 17 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 6,200 to 8,700 pounds

If you want beefier looks and you need third row-seating. The Dodge Durango not only looks ferocious, but you can get it with a Hemi V8.

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And if you need your family hauler to tow, this is the SUV for you.

While it does offer ample creature comforts, the safety tech is more limited than other choices on the list.

And as a vehicle that offers a V8, let’s just say that fuel efficiency wasn’t top-of-mind when Dodge built the Durango.

While seating room rivals the Mazda CX-9, fuel economy and interior room aren’t the reasons you choose a Durango.

7. Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander

Engine: inline 4 | 175 HP

Transmission: CVT (Continuous Variable Automatic)

Cargo Space: 16 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 5,000 pounds

With an entry price that’s right along the lines of the Nissan Pathfinder, the Toyota Highlander has a lot to offer.

All-wheel drive is optional as well as hybrid and nonhybrid powertrains. It features a nicely appointed interior with third-row seating.

But space is cramped. And all though handling, and ride comfort are smooth. The drive quality is characteristically Toyota – which is to say bland.

However, you get modern convenience including an easy-to-use infotainment system. And because this is a Toyota, a lot of driver assistance features come standard.

8. Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot

Engine: V6 | 280 HP

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

Cargo Space: 16 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 3,500 to 5,000 pounds

The latest Honda Pilot is a handsome midsize SUV suited for the entire family with optional seating for seven.

Sharing the Odyssey’s platform, there’s loads of interior space for people and cargo.

But the third row back seats are the least comfortable place to ride in the Pilot – it’s not an area you want to sit for long road trips.

But you get a V6 that offers a peppier driving experience than the Toyota Highlander. And there’s optional four-wheel drive.

Like the Highlander there’s a host of Honda driver assists that come standard.

9. Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Atlas

Engine: turbocharged and intercooled inline 4 and V6 | 235 to 276 HP

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Cargo Space: 21 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 2,000 to 5,000 pounds

What you may notice right away is that the V6 which sells for more than the inline four cylinder has barely more horsepower than the cheaper variant.

And when driving you’ll notice that the transmission is on an interminable hunt for the right gear.

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But like the Honda Passport the interior is roomy offering more comfortable third-row seating. You can also get the Atlas in either front-wheel- or all-wheel drive.

The Atlas also gives you a lot more cargo room with the third-row seats folded down.

10. Subaru Ascent

Subaru Ascent

Engine: turbocharged and intercooled flat four | 260 HP

Transmission: CVT w/ manual shifting mode

Cargo Space: 18 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 2,000 to 5,000 pounds

Subaru nation rejoice!

If you’re looking for a midsize SUV that offer third-row seating and it’s got to be Subaru, this one is for you.

It’s a Subaru so all-wheel drive is a standard feature.

But while this is the biggest Subaru on the market, third-row seating is not for adults. The powertrain lacks refinement.

And its only a bit more fun to drive than the Toyota Highlander. But the ride is comfortable, and you get a massive infotainment screen.

11. GMC Acadia

GMC Acadia

Engine: four cylinder or V6 | 228 to 310 HP

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

Cargo Space: 13 to 42 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 3,500 to 4,000 pounds

I think the front fascia does a good job of giving the GMC Acadia a rugged appearance. It’s a fine midsize SUV with room for seating up to seven for driving in and around town.

But even though all-wheel drive is available and there is the off-road capable AT4 variant that looks the part.

The Acadia isn’t much of an off roader.

You may also find the interior cabin materials low rent. Other than that, the driving experience and road manners are compliant.

12. Buick Enclave

Buick Enclave

Engine: V6 | 310 HP

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

Cargo Space: 24 cu. ft.

Towing Capacity: 5,000 pounds

Right off the bat, its one of the more beautiful looking SUVs with seating up to seven on the list.

The Enclave is Buick’s entry into the ultra-competitive midsize luxury SUV segment.

But step inside and you’ll find that it’s not true luxury – it offers more of a premium experience along the lines of the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60 and of course the Hyundai Palisade.

But you do get a quiet ride that feels nothing short of luxurious. And like the Toyota Highlander, a generous helping of standard features.