2020 Hyundai Palisade vs. 2019 Mercedes GLS

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Safety

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Both the Palisade and GLS have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Palisade (except SE) offers optional power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The GLS’ child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

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 GLS doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

To help make backing safer, the Palisade SEL/Limited’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLS doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Palisade and the GLS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Palisade the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GLS has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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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 GLS’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Palisade 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLS. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the GLS ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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

Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Palisade for 3 years and 30,000 miles. Hyundai will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLS.

There are over 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Palisade’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 15 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Palisade 4x4 gets better fuel mileage than the GLS 450 V6 (19 city/24 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

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

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Palisade higher (5 out of 10) than the Mercedes GLS (3). This means the Palisade produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the GLS every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Palisade stops shorter than the GLS:

Palisade

GLS

70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Palisade is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GLS.

The Palisade Limited 4x4 handles at .81 G’s, while the GLS 450 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Palisade’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the GLS’ (38.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Palisade has a greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLS 63 (7.9 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Palisade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Hyundai Palisade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1200 to 1300 pounds less than the Mercedes GLS.

The Palisade is 5.9 inches shorter than the GLS, making the Palisade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Hyundai Palisade amounts to more than styling. The Palisade has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is significantly lower than the GLS (.37 to .38) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Palisade get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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

The Palisade has 3.8 inches more front legroom, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 3.9 inches more rear legroom, 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room and 4.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the GLS.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Palisade

GLS

Behind Third Seat

18 cubic feet

16 cubic feet

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

Ergonomics

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

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Palisade has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLS only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Palisade’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the GLS’ headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Palisade (except SE) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The GLS doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Palisade, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mercedes GLS isn't recommended.

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