2023 Hyundai Palisade refresh lands in New York with new look and new tech

About halfway through a car’s life cycle, automakers roll out a mid-cycle refresh to refresh the model with new looks and a few new features. The 2023 Hyundai Palisade facelift doesn’t introduce anything revolutionary, but it’s a thoughtful update that loads this three-row SUV more with what families want.

Hyundai unveiled the 2023 Palisade at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday. While the palisade was already on the block side, the refresh gives it an even tougher aesthetic. It’s easier to notice the changes in the new grille and headlights, which are more aggressive than before. But there are also some tweaks to the front and rear bumpers, along with new wheel designs and auto-dimming side mirrors. Nothing wild here, but the palisade definitely looks better with its new face.

The interior of the Palisade was already nice enough, but the mid-cycle refresh breathes new life into it.

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A few other things change inside the 2023 Palisade. The upper half of the dash gets a facelift and includes a full-width trim piece connecting the HVAC cents, along with a new steering wheel and navigation buttons for the infotainment system. The driver’s seat has a quasi-massage feature that uses air bladders to help reduce driver fatigue. The second row gets the optional ventilation, while the third row adds the heater. A new rearview mirror can allow the driver to peek behind the view of the rear view camera, in case there are too many physical objects between the driver and the rear window.

Technology gets a major upgrade in the 2023 Hyundai Palisade. A new 12-inch infotainment screen is available, offering 720p resolution and all the usual goodies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Hyundai has given the Palisade a Wi-Fi hotspot for the first time, in addition to improved USB-C ports and wireless charging that goes from 5 watts to 15. There’s also a new smart feature called Digital Key 2 Touch, which lets drivers ditch the key and use an iPhone, Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy to operate the vehicle. Apple Wallet and Samsung Pass will also allow drivers to share their keys with trusted friends and family members.

Safety-wise, Hyundai has added rear side airbags, but otherwise its complement of active and passive safety features remains the same. This includes remote park assist, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and convenient lane keeping. The palisade also uses ultrasonic sensors to check for movement in the car after it’s locked, and the vehicle can alert the driver if they think something (or someone) has been overlooked by accident.

The 2023 Palisade’s powertrain remains the same. Its 3.8-liter V6 develops 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, which are routed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. A new tow mode will hold lower gears longer and shift less often, which should improve the feel of heavy-hauling.

The 2023 Hyundai Palisade will hit dealerships this summer, and pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

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