2019 Ford Flex vs. 2020 Hyundai Palisade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The middle row seatbelts optional on the Flex inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Palisade doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Flex and the Palisade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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 Flex’s warranty.

Engine

The Flex Limited’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 74 more horsepower (365 vs. 291) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 262) than the Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Flex 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.

Brakes and Stopping

The Flex’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 Flex’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Palisade (255/45R20 vs. 245/60R18).

The Flex’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.

Suspension and Handling

The Flex 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.

The Flex’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 Flex’s wheelbase is 3.7 inches longer than on the Palisade (117.9 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

Passenger Space

The Flex has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom, .9 inches more third row headroom and 1.9 inches more third row legroom than the Palisade.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Flex Limited when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The Palisade doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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

Flex

Palisade

Behind Third Seat

20 cubic feet

18 cubic feet

The Flex has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Palisade doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics

The Flex SE/SEL’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 Flex Limited’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Palisade doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

The Flex was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 11 years. The Palisade has never been an “All Star.”

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