BY MARK KEAST

We admit – we are elitist. The opportunity to drive the 2020 Hyundai Palisade SUV came up and our immediate thoughts reeked of condescension. We had just driven a Porsche Macan, weeks before.

No one is comparing the Hyundai with the Porsche, but “luxury” is also a subjective word. So we started up the Palisade, and took it for a long highway ride, and our eyes opened up. The Palisade is Hyundai’s new SUV, their flagship vehicle, big, bold, luxurious, with convenience and comfort first and foremost.

The six-cylinder, 3.8L engine, with 291 of horsepower, is all you need. The vehicle handles so well – in part the Monocoque body, the exterior shell that gives structural support. HTRAC All-Wheel Drive, 8-Speed Automatic Transmission, Multi-Terrain Control Modes are all features on the vehicle, from a performance standpoint.

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The comfort, slickness and simplicity of the interior was another difference-maker. Everything is easy to reach and operate – especially the 10.25 inch touch-screen navigation system. Quilted leather door panels, Nappa leather seating surfaces, 8-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support are all luxury touchpoints. There is room for eight – including a power-folding third row of seating for the hockey equipment.

The Palisade comes in different price points, topping out at $53,999. Too many features to mention here, and for that price point, there’s not much to turn your nose up at.