Hyundai Palisade 2021 Long-Term Update


Our 2021 Hyundai Palisade has been a road warrior throughout the hottest months of the year. It’s been to North Carolina and back several times, to the upper Michigan peninsula, and even east to central New York.

All those trips add up the miles, so we had to bring our Palisade in for its first scheduled service at a local dealership. Unfortunately, it was more difficult than usual to secure this appointment. Our local Hyundai dealership simply told us he was getting more service calls than normal, so our wait to get the car would be longer than usual. To illustrate this for you, we made the phone call with about 7,000 miles on the clock (500 miles before the 7,500-mile recommended service), and the odometer was showing over 9,000 miles at the time of our appointment. . In days and weeks, almost a month elapsed between the appointment booking and the actual time of the appointment.

I guess it’s not just new cars and trucks that are scarce, but service appointments as well.

The time it took to set up our picket fence is one of the biggest complaints we had in our first six months. This service call is the only trip to the dealership our Palisade has made yet, as absolutely nothing has gone wrong so far. It’s as it should be for a brand new car with only 9,000 miles on the clock, but it’s not always the case.

The meeting itself went off without a hitch once there. We paid our bill for $ 90 when the work was completed. This included an oil change, tire rotation, fuel additive (which you definitely don’t need) and a multi-point inspection. Everything turned out positive with the inspection, so we were sent back with a freshly washed picket fence.

None of us (including your author) had a lot of trouble saying about the picket fence in its first 9,000 miles. One of our editors even went out and bought a picket fence in the same specification for his own family. After spending a month in our long-termer and a few months in a personal palisade, his biggest complaints boiled down to the lack of a digital rearview mirror, the lack of an electric tilt / telescopic wheel and the execution of the keyless entry / exit system. Instead of touch-sensitive door handles, Hyundai requires you to press a button on the handles to lock or unlock the doors. Woe to us, isn’t it?

The excellent driver assistance functions continue to shine. We make great use of the palisade’s square proportions (more on this in a future update). Fuel economy has been up to par – we consistently beat the 24 mpg highway figure rated by the EPA on long runs of around 1 mpg. And the upgraded interior of the Calligraphy still makes us happy every time we let ourselves fall into the quilted leather seats. A note on the interior, however: don’t crush any mosquitoes in the suede headliner. They may seem easy to kill sitting there, but it’s less pleasant to remove mosquito guts from the cream-colored suede. And hey, give us a break; we’ve had a mosquito-rich year in Michigan. Maybe all the flooding is to blame.

Be on the lookout in the near future for even more updates on what we’ve been up to with our three-row Hyundai. And let’s hope the next 7,500 miles will be as enjoyable as the first, because this long-term Palisade promises to be a superb family workhorse in our long-term fleet.

For all of our coverage on our long-term 2021 Hyundai Palisade, be sure to head here to see a compilation of every story and review.

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