2023 Hyundai Palisade takes a sportier stance

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Three years after its bold arrival, the three-row Hyundai Palisade is pivoting in the direction of style.

The child carrier, touted as the more upscale choice of its Kia-branded Telluride stablemate, has revealed cosmetic changes that ditch the Posh Spice aesthetic in favor of a sportier appearance.

The refreshed 2023 Palisade also gets upgraded interior technology, more amenities and expanded safety offerings, continuing its value proposition of a premium interior typically found in more expensive vehicles.

Exterior changes are not subtle. The new chiseled look of the crossover is accentuated by an elongated hood profile and a wider square grille flanked by twin vertical LED headlights with sharper lines. The decor of the skid plate is more pronounced at the front and rear. The rear, featuring vertical LED taillights, has lost much of the curvature of its old jelly bean shape.

said Hyundai some of these changes have aerodynamic benefits – for example, the deeper A-pillar rake and the optimized front cooling area with an extended internal air guide.

A new XRT model brings the Palisade closer to the Tucson and Santa Fe lineup, giving buyers even more aggressive finishes such as dark-finished 20-inch wheels, dark grille, black roof rail and leatherette seat upholstery black. It also comes with an electric sunroof.

The 2023 Palisade shares the Telluride’s 3.8-liter V6. Models equipped with all-wheel drive get a new towing feature alongside Normal, Sport and Smart modes.

The interior is packed with luxurious upgrades for passenger comfort, including new third-row seat heating and second-row seats with outward-stretching air vents and head restraints. The seven USB-A ports that were spread over the three rows are now replaced by USB-C for faster charging. The new Wi-Fi capability is optional.

Robust Emerald joins the exterior color scheme, and interior seats are still available in cloth, leatherette, leather and nappa leather.

The cockpit is reconfigured with an available digital rear-view mirror, a larger 12-inch navigation screen (instead of the optional 10.25-inch) and slimmer horizontal air vents. The dashboard is redesigned and offers customizable mood lighting.

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