2020 Hyundai Palisade vs. 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Palisade Limited has a standard Multi-view Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Tahoe only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

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 Tahoe 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 Tahoe uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Palisade and the Tahoe 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 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 Tahoe’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Palisade 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Tahoe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Tahoe ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Palisade’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Tahoe’s (7/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

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 engines in the Tahoe.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Palisade has a standard 800-amp battery. The Tahoe’s 720-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 Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 13 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Palisade

FWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Tahoe

RWD

5.3 OHV V8

15 city/22 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

14 city/23 hwy

AWD

5.3 OHV V8

15 city/21 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

14 city/22 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Palisade uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tahoe with the 6.2 V8 engine 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 Tahoe:

Palisade

Tahoe

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

The Palisade’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tahoe LS/LT’s standard 65 series tires.

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 Chevrolet Tahoe has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Palisade has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Palisade flat and controlled during cornering. The Tahoe’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

Chassis

The Hyundai Palisade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1200 to 1250 pounds less than the Chevrolet Tahoe.

The Palisade is 7.9 inches shorter than the Tahoe, 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 Tahoe 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 Tahoe.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Palisade

Tahoe

Behind Third Seat

18 cubic feet

15.3 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 Tahoe’s liftover is 35.9 inches.

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

Palisade

Tahoe

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”

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 Tahoe doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

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