2020 Hyundai Palisade vs. 2019 Cadillac Escalade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Palisade’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Escalade doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Palisade uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Escalade uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Palisade and the Escalade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Palisade comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Escalade’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Palisade 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Cadillac covers the Escalade. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Escalade ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Palisade’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Escalade’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Palisade has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Palisade has a standard 800-amp battery. The Escalade’s 660-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 12th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 18 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Palisade gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade:

MPG

Palisade

FWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Escalade

RWD

6.2 OHV V8

18 city/26 hwy

AWD

6.2 OHV V8

17 city/25 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Palisade uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Escalade requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Palisade

Escalade

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Hyundai Palisade has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Cadillac Escalade has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

Chassis

The Hyundai Palisade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1450 pounds less than the Cadillac Escalade.

The Palisade is 7.8 inches shorter than the Escalade, making the Palisade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Palisade’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Escalade uses body-on-frame design instead.

Passenger Space

The Palisade has 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and 6.6 inches more third row legroom than the Escalade.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Palisade’s middle and third row seats recline. The Escalade’s third row seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Palisade is 4 inches lower than the Escalade (18” vs. 22”).

Cargo Capacity

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

Palisade

Escalade

Behind Third Seat

18 cubic feet

15.2 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Palisade easier. The Palisade’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.6 inches, while the Escalade’s liftover is 32.1 inches.

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

Palisade

Escalade

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

20.8”/49”/82.5”

11.1”/43.2”/79.9”

Max Width

53.7”

n/a

Min Width

43.4”

49.3”

Height

30.5”

33.9”

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Palisade. The Escalade doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Palisade’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Escalade doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

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