The Hyundai Palisade has officially earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, which is something its Kia Telluride platform mate wasn’t able to accomplish.
It should come as no surprise that the Palisade–a new SUV on which we’ve heaped praise since its debut–would do quite well in crash tests. After all, it was designed and engineered in the modern age of high-strength steel, crumple zones, and driver-assistance features.
It wasn’t the crashing portion of the test that pushed the Hyundai over edge, though. No, the IIHS found the optional LED headlights on the Palisade were good enough to warrant the TSP+ rating. The headlights on the Telluride received “Poor” (halogen lights) and “Acceptable” (LED lights) ratings, meaning it wasn’t eligible to be a TSP+. Even the base halogen lights on Palisade received a “Moderate” rating, beating the base halogens on the Telluride.
2020 Palisade netted top “Good” scores from the IIHS for crash protection, which includes driver- and passenger-side small overlap, side, and moderate overlap crash tests. The agency also rated the Palisade’s standard automatic emergency braking system as “Superior” at avoiding forward crashes at 12 and 25 mph.
The 2020 Palisade has a spacious interior and value for $32,645 to start.