2019 Ford Expedition vs. 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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Safety

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Expedition 4x4’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Palisade doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Expedition and the Palisade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

The Ford Expedition weighs 1056 to 1565 pounds more than the Hyundai Palisade. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Expedition has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Palisade doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition first among large SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Palisade isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

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The Expedition’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 84 more horsepower (375 vs. 291) and 208 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 262) than the Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6. The Expedition Platinum’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 109 more horsepower (400 vs. 291) and 218 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 262) than the Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Expedition’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 Expedition has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Palisade (23.3 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Expedition has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Palisade doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Expedition, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Palisade.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Expedition

Palisade

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.2 inches

12 inches

The Expedition’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

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For better traction, the Expedition has larger standard tires than the Palisade (275/65R18 vs. 245/60R18). The Expedition’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Palisade (285/45R22 vs. 245/60R18).

The Expedition’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Palisade’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Expedition offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Palisade’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The Ford Expedition’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Hyundai Palisade only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Expedition has a standard 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

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The Expedition offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Palisade’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Expedition’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Palisade doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 8.3 inches longer than on the Palisade (122.5 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Expedition has a 1.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Palisade (9.8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Expedition to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Expedition has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 4.1 inches more front hip room, 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, 4.9 inches more rear hip room, 4 inches more rear shoulder room, 4.7 inches more third row legroom, 7.7 inches more third row hip room and 9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Palisade.

Cargo Capacity

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The Expedition’s cargo area provides more volume than the Palisade.

Expedition

Palisade

Behind Third Seat

19.3 cubic feet

18 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

57.5 cubic feet

45.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

104.6 cubic feet

86.4 cubic feet

The Expedition’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Palisade’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

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The Expedition’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Palisade’s (5900 vs. 5000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Hyundai Palisade is only 5000 pounds. The Expedition offers up to a 9300 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Expedition 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.

Ergonomics

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The Expedition’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 Expedition 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 Expedition (except XLT)’s optional Enhanced Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Palisade doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Expedition, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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