2019 Kia Sedona vs. 2020 Hyundai Palisade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Kia Sedona are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Hyundai Palisade doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

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

Both the Sedona 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sedona the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Palisade has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sedona second among minivans in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Palisade isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked third.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 5 places higher in reliability than Hyundai.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Sedona has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Palisade (21.1 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Suspension and Handling

The Sedona SX/SXL 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 Sedona’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the Palisade (120.5 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sedona is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Palisade.

For better maneuverability, the Sedona’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Palisade’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Passenger Space

The Sedona has 1.2 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 8.4 inches more rear hip room, 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.1 inches more third row headroom, 3.4 inches more third row legroom, 6.3 inches more third row hip room and 4.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Palisade.

The front step up height for the Sedona is 1.7 inches lower than the Palisade (16.3” vs. 18”). The Sedona’s rear step up height is .7 inches lower than the Palisade’s (18.8” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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

Sedona

Palisade

Behind Third Seat

33.9 cubic feet

18 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

78.4 cubic feet

45.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

142 cubic feet

86.4 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Sedona easier. The Sedona’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Palisade’s liftover is 29.6 inches.

The Sedona’s cargo area is larger than the Palisade’s in almost every dimension:

Sedona

Palisade

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

22.5”/55.3”/91”

20.8”/49”/82.5”

Max Width

50”

53.7”

Min Width

48”

43.4”

Height

45.1”

30.5”

The Sedona has a standard Sinking Seat 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 Sedona EX/SX/SXL’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Palisade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Sedona SXL has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Palisade doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Sedona, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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