2020 Hyundai Palisade vs. 2019 Lincoln MKT

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 MKT doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Palisade has standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKT offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

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 MKT doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

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 MKT 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 MKT doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Palisade and the MKT 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, 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 MKT’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 Lincoln covers the MKT. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the MKT ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Palisade’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the MKT’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Palisade has a standard 800-amp battery. The MKT’s 650-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 Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

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 Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 10 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Palisade 4x4 gets better fuel mileage than the MKT (19 city/24 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

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

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Hyundai Palisade, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKT.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Palisade has larger tires than the MKT (245/60R18 vs. 235/55R19).

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 MKT doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Palisade is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the MKT.

For better maneuverability, the Palisade’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the MKT AWD’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.5 feet).

Chassis

The Hyundai Palisade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 800 pounds less than the Lincoln MKT.

The Palisade is 11.5 inches shorter than the MKT, making the Palisade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Palisade has standard seating for 8 passengers; the MKT can only carry 7.

The Palisade has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom, 1.8 inches more rear hip room, 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room, 4.3 inches more third row headroom, 3.1 inches more third row hip room and 6.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the MKT.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Palisade

MKT

Behind Third Seat

18 cubic feet

17.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

45.8 cubic feet

39.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

86.4 cubic feet

75.9 cubic feet

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Palisade’s liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The MKT doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

The Palisade’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the MKT’s (5000 vs. 2000 pounds). The MKT’s maximum towing capacity is only 4500 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 MKT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Model Availability

The Palisade is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The MKT doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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