About halfway through a car’s life cycle, automakers roll out a mid-cycle refresh to give the model a fresh look and some new features. The Hyundai Palisade’s 2023 revamp doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking, but it’s a thoughtful update that overloads this three-row SUV with the things families want.
Hyundai unveiled the Palisade 2023 on Wednesday at the New York Auto Show. While the Palisade was already on the plump side of things, the update gives it a more solid aesthetic. It is easier to notice the changes in the new grille and headlights, which have become more powerful than before. But there are also some tweaks to both the front and rear bumpers, as well as some new wheel designs and auto-adjusting side mirrors. There’s nothing wild here, but Palisade definitely looks better with his new face.
Few other things have changed within the 2023 Palisade. The upper half of the dashboard gets a makeover that includes a full-width trim piece that connects the HVAC dime, as well as a new steering wheel and new navigation buttons for the infotainment system. The driver’s seat gets a semi-massage function that uses the air bladder to reduce driver fatigue. The second row chooses ventilation as an option, while the third row adds heating. A new rearview mirror can allow the driver to peek behind him from the viewpoint of the backup camera, in case there are a lot of physical objects between the driver and the rear window.
Technology gets a major upgrade in the Hyundai Palisade 2023. A new 12-inch infotainment screen is available, offering 720p resolution and all the usual goodies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Hyundai has given the Palisade a Wi-Fi hotspot for the first time, as well as upgraded USB-C ports and boosted wireless charging from 5W to 15. There’s also a smart new feature called Digital Key 2 Touch, which lets drivers ditch the key and use an iPhone or Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy to operate the car. Apple Wallet and Samsung Pass will let drivers share their keys with trusted friends and family, too.
On the safety front, Hyundai has added side-impact rear airbags, but other than that, the suite of active and passive safety features remains the same. This includes remote parking assistance, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and practical lane control. Palisade also uses ultrasonic sensors to check movement in the vehicle after it has been locked, and the vehicle can alert the driver if it thinks something (or someone) has been left behind by accident.
The powertrain on the 2023 Palisade remains the same. The 3.8-liter V6 makes 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, which is directed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new drag mode will hold lower gears longer and shift less often, improving the feel when pulling heavy objects.
The Hyundai Palisade 2023 will hit dealerships this summer, and pricing will be announced as it goes on sale.