The Hyundai Palisade has rapidly become one of Hyundai’s best-selling SUV models. Its combination of size, luxury, and seating has made it resonate well with customers, and we were pleasantly surprised when the second-generation model made its appearance at the Chicago Auto Show. At the time, Hyundai wasn’t ready to discuss pricing, but the Korean auto giant is now dropping the goods on the hard numbers as well as the all-new XRT trim.
Rugged XRT Has Trails In Its Sights
The XRT model follows the same basic theme that we have seen in some of its rivals, with Hyundai clearly designing it to appeal to trail-seeking urbanites. The exterior is splashed with black accents while the interior also indulges in the sinister vibes. The XRT slides in between the SEL and the Limited and as a result, it manages to bring some of the best qualities of both together.
The all-wheel-drive system is carried over from other Palisades but that’s not a bad thing considering that you get a number of cool features including an AWD lock mode, Snow and Tow Mode, as well as a descent control system for going down steep hills. The Palisade XRT will be part of a growing family of XRT offerings and is currently the third one to receive the moniker alongside the already launched Tucson and Santa Fe XRT.
Palisade XRT Part Of Bigger Pricing Ladder
Hyundai is targeting the volume market in the three-row SUV segment, but prices have gone up for 2023 thanks to higher destination fees. These fees depend on the model in question but we have charted them for your reading pleasure below.
- SE: $36,245 ($1,420 more than in 2022)
- SEL: $39,245 ($2,070 more than in 2022)
- XRT: $41,545
- Limited: $47,795 ($730 more than in 2022)
- Calligraphy: $50,195 ($1,680 more than in 2022)
These price increases may seem significant at first, but it all becomes clearer when you consider that Hyundai dealerships are still having trouble keeping Palisades in stock. Part of this in recent times is due to the ongoing microchip shortage, but before the bottom fell out in that regard, high amounts of demand from customers already made supplies of the Palisade (and its platform-mate the Kia Telluride) tight at showrooms.
Either way, look for the 2023 Palisade to continue its winning ways, especially being a key cog in both Hyundai’s broader sales machine and the march towards an all-electrified future.
Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as Autoshopper.com.
Carl is also a big fan of British vehicles with the bulk of his devotion going to the Morgan Motor Company as well as offerings from Lotus, MG, and Caterham. When he is not writing about automobiles, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Metro Detroit area, as well as spending time with his adorable pets.