2020 Hyundai Palisade vs. 2019 Kia Sedona

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Palisade are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Sedona doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Palisade offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Sedona doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Hyundai Palisade has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Sedona doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Palisade offers optional Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sedona doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Palisade and the Sedona 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 blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Palisade’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Sedona’s (7/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability

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

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 Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.

Engine

The Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 15 more horsepower (291 vs. 276) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 248) than the Sedona’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Palisade FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Sedona (19 city/26 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Palisade

Sedona

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12 inches

11.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Palisade has larger tires than the Sedona (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R17).

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 Sedona L/LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Palisade’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Sedona SXL’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Palisade has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sedona L/LX. The Palisade’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Sedona SXL.

Suspension and Handling

The Palisade offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Sedona doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

Chassis

The Hyundai Palisade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 300 pounds less than the Kia Sedona.

The Palisade is 5.3 inches shorter than the Sedona, making the Palisade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Palisade has .9 inches more front headroom, 3.2 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear headroom and 1.3 inches more rear legroom than the Sedona.

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Palisade’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Sedona doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

The Palisade’s towing capacity is much higher than the Sedona’s (5000 vs. 3500 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Palisade Limited has a standard heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Sedona doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Palisade’s front power windows 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 Sedona’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Palisade Limited’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sedona’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Palisade’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Kia only offers heated mirrors on the Sedona EX/SX/SXL.

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

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