One look at the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, and it’s easy to see how it won the 2019 Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Every angle of this sleek SUV is full of sleekness and elegance.
Whether it’s the smooth lines running throughout or the regal grille with horizontal bars, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade gives plenty of reasons to turn heads and leave a strong lasting impression.
Step inside, and the real fun begins with a smooth and responsive drive accompanied by tech and luxury for every ride you take. But how does it compare with other sleek SUVs like the 2020 Ford Explorer? We’ve got the answer for you as we compare the drive, comfort, and safety of these good-looking SUVs.
If you’re ready to take the 2020 Hyundai Palisade for a spin now, swing by Brandon Hyundai and take this SUV for a test drive.
Until then, here’s the epic 2020 Hyundai Palisade vs Ford Explorer.
When you step behind the wheel of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, you’re always in for a fun experience with the standard 3.8L 6-cylinder motor packing 291 horsepower and 291 lb-ft torque. It’s strength to power you through your daily drives. Give it a try when you enter the I-4, and you slam your foot on the accelerator. You’ll get up and going within a matter of seconds.
Along with an exhilarating drive, the EPA-estimated 26 highway mph keeps your rides and fun coming for thousands of miles.
For responsive rides anywhere, the 8-Speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® changes gears at optimal times for smooth and elated drives on all roads. Take the drive at your pace by entering manual shift mode and using the standard wheel-mounted paddle shifters that rest at your fingertips.
Roads getting wet? Don’t let rain, ice, and tricky surfaces stop your drives. Instead, opt for the available all-wheel drive, where your 2020 Palisade distributes power to all four wheels to keep you in command of any road.
Speaking of grip, don’t let red traffic lights atop steep hills intimidate your drives (or force you to take another route). With standard Hillstart Assist Control (HAC), your SUV holds the brakes for you as you shift your foot from the brake pedal to the gas. No need to worry about rollback or potential collisions.
Add trailer brakes to your 2020 Hyundai Palisade, and no job feels off-limits with 5,000 lbs of towing capacity. Whether you need to move a utility trailer or a full boat, your 2020 Palisade is ready.
When compared to the 2020 Ford Explorer, you’ll find a similarly responsive drive with the 2.3L EcoBoost® motor. 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft torque help you power through highways and local streets.
Overall, this round between the 2020 Hyundai Palisade vs 2020 Ford Explorer is a close call. However, with standard paddle shifters and HAC to navigate tricky urban hills, the Hyundai Palisade gains a win.
When you ride in the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, you and your passengers are treated to a ride of full luxury. Available Nappa leather seats with available heated front and rear seats make for cozy drives anytime the weather gets cold or the mornings feel brisk.
For more refinement, you can talk to your passengers in the third-row without yelling thanks to the available Driver-Talk In-Car Intercom. It’s perfect for telling the kids to stop fighting, and asking if anyone needs a quick bathroom break.
When the sun goes down, make the ride memorable with available ambient lighting. This feature emits a soft glow in one of 64 colors for the perfect mood—be it a relaxing blue or energizing yellow.
When you need to connect to your media, an 8-inch color touchscreen is standard with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®. Play all your favorite playlists while taking texts and calls hands-free.
If you need more space, the available 10.25 touchscreen allows for precise touches and easy-to-read displays.
This year, the 2020 Palisade won the CarBuzz Family Fun Award. Play around with the features above, and you’ll see why this award makes perfect sense.
Take a ride in the 2020 Ford Explorer, and you’ll find similar comfort with available heated leather seats and a standard 8-inch touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Set your moods right during evening rides with seven different ambient lighting choices.
For this round, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade inches ahead. Not only will you find an available intercom system for efficient communication, but 64 colors of ambient lighting is more options than most cars can offer and guarantees all your riders will find a color that works for them.
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is dedicated to keeping you and your riders safe. That’s why you’ll find numerous driver-assist tools that come standard.
With Driver Attention Warning (DAW), your 2020 Hyundai Palisade monitors your driving habits and behavior to let you know when you seem drowsy or distracted. You’ll receive audio and visual alerts to wake you up and suggest you pull over and get some needed rest—or at least refocus.
With Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), you’ll always stay centered with gentle steering inputs and alerts to let you know when you’re about to accidentally merge without a signal (and cut off the car in the lane next to you).
Make highway drives easy with Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop and Go. You set a speed you want to drive, and your 2020 Hyundai SUV responds by slowing for traffic and cars ahead. It’s all you’ll need for navigating I-275 at rush hour.
That’s only getting started with the standard driver assists you’ll find in the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. Other safety features include Rear Occupant Alert, Lane Following Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, and much more.
Take a ride in the 2020 Ford Explorer, and Ford Co-Pilot360™ comes standard to help your drives. Features like Lane-Keeping Assist and Automatic Emergency braking come standard.
It’s hard to argue against a ride that keeps you safe. But with unique features like Driver Attention Warning, it’s another round for the 2020 Hyundai Palisade.
Smooth rides, first-class luxury, and even safety for all your drives—It’s thanks to all these features that the 2020 Hyundai Palisade won the Best of 2020 Award from Cars.com, alongside the site’s SUV Challenge. Other awards include the 2020 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award, 2020 Consumer Guides Automotive Best Buys, and even a finalist for the 2020 North American Car of the Year.
To further understand how the 2020 Hyundai Palisade won all these awards, take this SUV for a test drive when you visit Brandon Hyundai. As your local Hyundai dealer in Tampa, we’re here to help you optimize your SUV for the Florida roads. Let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
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