2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Hyundai Palisade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Atlas has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Palisade doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Atlas SEL/SEL Premium has standard Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Palisade doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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

Both the Atlas and the Palisade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and around view 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 Atlas 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.


The Atlas comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Palisade’s 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 12000 miles sooner.

The Atlas’ corrosion warranty is 3 years longer than the Palisade’s (10 vs. 7 years).


The Volkswagen Atlas’ engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Palisade’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Atlas’ 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.

Brakes and Stopping

The Atlas’ 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 Atlas SEL Premium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Palisade (265/45R21 vs. 245/60R18).

The Atlas SEL Premium’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 Atlas SEL Premium offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Palisade’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Atlas 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 Atlas’ 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 Atlas’ wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the Palisade (117.3 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Atlas’ turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Palisade’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Atlas has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Palisade (8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Atlas to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Atlas has .6 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear hip room, .5 inches more third row headroom, 2.3 inches more third row legroom and 1.4 inches more third row hip room than the Palisade.

The rear step up height for the Atlas is 1.5 inches lower than the Palisade (18” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity

The Atlas’ cargo area provides more volume than the Palisade.



Behind Third Seat

20.6 cubic feet

18 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.5 cubic feet

45.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

96.8 cubic feet

86.4 cubic feet

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



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



Max Width



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The Atlas’ 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.

The Atlas’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Palisade SE/SEL’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Atlas SE/SEL/SEL Premium to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Palisade doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Atlas offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Palisade doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Atlas SEL Premium’s 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.

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