Shopping for a crossover big enough for your entire brood? You’re spoiled for choice nowadays. Nearly every automaker offers at least one three-row SUV, including Hyundai. But the big news (pun intended) for this year is the arrival of that particular company’s largest-ever passenger vehicle, the eight-passenger 2020 Palisade. Replacing the Hyundai Santa Fe (renamed
Santa Fe XL for 2019), the Palisade is longer, wider, and more spacious than its predecessor, with enough breadth in the interior to make room for a third passenger on the rearmost bench seat. That means a maximum seating capacity of eight, with optional second-row buckets dropping that to seven.
Crucial for the family-SUV segment, the Palisade also offers competitive, if not classleading, interior space in all three rows. Headroom is down slightly compared to the Honda Pilot and Chevrolet Traverse, but legroom, hip room, and shoulder room are at or near the top of the class. And the Palisade boasts 18 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats in place, moving up to 45.8 cubic feet behind the second row or 86.4 cubic feet behind the front row. The Ford Explorer is slightly more spacious, the Chevrolet Traverse significantly more, and the Honda Pilot slightly less.
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