2019 Dodge Durango vs. 2020 Hyundai Palisade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Durango has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Palisade doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Durango and the Palisade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.


There are almost 3 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Durango’s warranty.


To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Durango has a standard 850-amp battery. The Palisade only offers a 800-amp battery.


The Durango Dual Exhaust’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 4 more horsepower (295 vs. 291) than the Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6. The Durango’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 69 more horsepower (360 vs. 291) and 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 vs. 262) than the Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango V8’s fuel efficiency. The Palisade doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Durango V6’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Palisade doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Durango has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Palisade (24.6 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Durango V8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Palisade:

Durango V8


Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12 inches

The Durango V8’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Palisade are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Durango has larger tires than the Palisade (265/60R18 vs. 245/60R18).

The Durango offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Palisade, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

The Durango has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Palisade doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Durango’s wheelbase is 5.6 inches longer than on the Palisade (119.8 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Durango has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Palisade (8.1 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Durango to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Durango’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Palisade’s (6200 vs. 5000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Hyundai Palisade is only 5000 pounds. The Durango offers up to a 7400 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Durango is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Palisade. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.


The Durango’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Palisade SE/SEL’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Durango offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Palisade offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Durango has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Palisade SEL/Limited.

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