Over the last decade, Chevrolet rival – Hyundai – has been expanding its lineup in the U.S. and abroad. The latest example of this expansion is the new Hyundai Palisade – a large, three-row CUV looking to make a dent in the mainstream, full-size crossover SUV segment created by GM’s Chevy Traverse. Let’s have a look at how the new Hyundai Palisade measures up against the Chevrolet Traverse.
Naming & Positioning
The Palisade name comes as a result of Hyundai simplifying its crossovers nomenclature. Until now, the Korean automaker could purchase two Hyundai Santa Fe models: a full-size Santa Fe with three rows of seating, and a smaller, mid-size Santa Fe Sport with two rows. Now, the Santa Fe Sport is simply known as the Santa Fe, and the larger model was christened Santa Fe XL. And the new Hyundai Palisade replaces the Santa Fe XL model.
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade has a 3.8-liter V6 engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The duo is rated at 291 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 262 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, the 3.6L V6 LFY in the Traverse makes 310 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 266 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to the new GM 9-speed automatic transmission.
We should also note that the Traverse RS is powered exclusively by the turbo-charged 2.0L LTG four-banger that makes 257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The Hyundai doesn’t have a boosted engine offering.
The new Hyundai Palisade measures 196.1 inches long, 77.8 inches wide, and 68.9 inches high. The Chevrolet Traverse is notably larger – 204.3 inches long, 78.6 inches wide, and 70.7 inches tall. The Traverse’s longer overall length is enabled by its wheelbase: that of the Palisade is 114.2 inches, while that of Traverse is 120.9 inches.
|Metric (inches):||2019 Chevy Traverse||2020 Hyundai Palisade||+ / – Traverse|
|Width (without mirrors):||78.6||77.8||+0.8|
The new Hyundai Palisade and the Chevy Traverse have similar interior dimensions, with Chevy winning in some areas, and the Hyundai winning in others.
In terms of headroom, the Palisade offers 40.7 inches for the first row, 40.1 inches for the second row, and 37.2 inches for the third row. The Traverse has 41.3 inches, 40 inches, and 38. 2 inches, respectively.
|Metric (inches or cubic feet):||2019 Chevy Traverse||2020 Hyundai Palisade||+ / – Traverse|
|Headroom – first row:||41.3||40.7||+0.6|
|Headroom – second row:||40||40.1||-0.1|
|Headroom – third row:||38.2||37.2||+1|
|Legroom – first row:||41.0||44.1||3.1|
|Legroom – second row:||38.5||42.4||-3.9|
|Legroom – third row:||33.5||31.4||2.1|
|Shoulder room – first row:||62.1||61.2||+0/89|
|Should room – second row:||62.2||60.8||+1.4|
|Should room – third row:||57.5||55.2||+2.3|
|Cargo space – behind third row:||23||18||+5|
|Cargo space – behind second row:||57.8||48.5||+9.3|
|Cargo space – behind first row:||98.2||TBD||N/A|
Legroom on the Hyundai is as follows: 44.1 inches in the front, 40.4 inches in the second row, and 30.9 inches in the third row. Chevrolet offers 41 inches, 38.5 inches, and 33.5 inches, respectively.
Chevy walks away with a clean win in terms of cargo space: behind the second row, the Palisade offers 45.8 cubic feet while the Traverse offers a much larger 58.1 cubic feet. The new Hyundai also has 18.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, while the full-size Traverse has 23 cubic feet.
Aside from competing with one another, the Chevrolet Traverse and new Hyundai Palisade compete in the growing mainstream, full-size, three-row crossover SUV segment that includes the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, Dodge Durango, Volkswagen Atlas, and Subaru Ascent.
The new Hyundai Palisade will go on sale in early summer 2019 as a 2020 model year vehicle. Pricing has not yet been revealed, but if the price tag stays consistent with the outgoing Santa Fe XL, we can expect the Palisade to start around $32,000.