How Well Do the 2020 Hyundai Palisade’s Safety and Driver-Assist Features Work?
One of the many aspects that impressed us about the 2020 Hyundai Palisade when it won our 2020 3-Row SUV Challenge was its value for the money. The Palisade Limited’s $47,605 as-tested price was one of the lower-priced ones in our test, yet a high-grade interior gave the SUV an upscale feel. A long list of safety and driver-assist features also enhanced the value equation.
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We’ve gotten to know the Palisade even better since then; we gave it our Best of 2020 award earlier this year, and we purchased one to live with day in and day out for a year. One thing we wanted to know more about was how well those safety and driver-assist features work in everyday driving. For a selection of them, here’s what we’ve experienced so far. (Note that some technologies are exclusive to the Palisade Limited, the highest of three trim levels for 2020, but Hyundai expands the tech to two trims for 2021: the Limited and a new, higher trim called the Calligraphy.)
Adaptive Cruise Control With Stop-and-Go Capability
In its Normal mode, the Palisade’s standard adaptive cruise control system does a good job smoothly managing vehicle speed to maintain your desired following distance from traffic ahead. The system also includes Fast and Slow settings so you can tailor the system’s responsiveness to accelerating traffic ahead of you. On the Limited trim level — the only trim with a head-up display — both the set speed and current speed are displayed in the HUD.
Blind Spot Warning With Collision Avoidance Assist
The Palisade’s optional blind spot warning system includes indicators in the side mirrors, which is where many automakers place them, but it supplements these with indicators in the optional HUD. The side-mirror-based indicators aren’t especially useful if you have your mirrors positioned correctly, but the indicators in the HUD are helpful; you can see them in your peripheral vision, which serves as an early warning before you change lanes. The system can also apply the brakes to prevent a collision with a vehicle in your blind spot.
Blind View Monitor
The optional Blind View Monitor displays an image of the Palisade’s left or right side in the digital instrument panel when a corresponding turn signal is activated. The system comes only on the Limited trim, which is the sole version of the 2020 Palisade to get a 12.3-inch instrument-panel screen in place of physical gauges.
The view from the Blind View Monitor cameras is lower than that of the side mirrors; it shows more of the road and what’s rearward of the SUV, such as an approaching cyclist.
Surround View Monitor
Other camera technology includes an optional 360-degree camera system that Hyundai calls the Surround View Monitor, also offered only on the Limited trim. The cameras deliver a crisp overhead view of the Palisade’s surroundings on the 10.25-inch dashboard touchscreen (distinct from the 12.3-inch instrument screen), and you can choose different modes to get a better view of specific areas.
Lane Keeping Assist
The Palisade’s standard lane keep assist system will actively steer the SUV away from lane markings if you get too close to them. You must be driving at least 40 mph for the system to operate, but in our experience, it wasn’t able to recognize every lane marking. Like many driver-assist systems, lane keep assist isn’t a substitute for driver attentiveness and the system will warn the driver if it doesn’t detect their hands on the steering wheel.
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Lane Following Assist
All Palisades come standard with Lane Following Assist, which can actively steer the SUV to keep it in its lane. The system works at speeds below 95 mph when adaptive cruise control is active and lane markings are detected; you can feel it making small steering wheel adjustments to keep the Palisade roughly in the middle of your lane. However, you must keep a hand on the steering wheel when using Lane Following Assist; if you don’t, it’ll eventually deactivate.
The Palisade’s optional HUD stands out for its ability to show a lot of information, including traffic sign info, turn-by-turn directions and the driver-assist systems. It’s a useful safety feature that lets you keep your eyes on the road more — but even on its highest brightness setting, the HUD can be hard to see if you wear polarized sunglasses.
While the Palisade has a lot of safety tech to help the driver, it’s also designed to help you survive a crash if one can’t be avoided. In testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Palisade earned good ratings (on a scale of good, acceptable, marginal or poor) in all crashworthiness tests. What’s more, IIHS deemed the Palisade’s standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking system superior (on a scale of superior, advanced or basic). This combination of features, technology and crash-test performance should resonate with shoppers looking for family transportation.
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