2020 Hyundai Palisade & 2020 Hyundai Kona

This is what Hyundai has in store for you in 2020…

By Davio Rodriguez

Once in a dream, I got advice: Nothing’s set in stone, but rather a dirt road. The more you push a cart down it, the deeper you cut the earth and the harder it is to change course. The next morning, with coffee, I decided this was about being unafraid of change. The Hyundai brand, I’ve come to realize, is a lot like that cart—having been pushed down the same path too much, it’s finally decided for change. And naturally, these changes come fresh in 2020 with the Hyundai Palisade and the Hyundai Kona: The Palisade, a mid-size crossover SUV that started production in 2018; The Kona, a subcompact crossover SUV, the first one to be fully electric. These two cars, separate in all ways but class, bring new features to the market to be replicated by other brands for years to come. 

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade 

Less than a year’s passed since the 2018 model got released. At a glance, Hyundai’s used this time to introduce new features and update old ones, and to focus more on passenger comfort.

All Palisade models heft a 3.8L Atkinson-Cycle GDI V6 engine with Idle Stop & Go, a feature that cuts the engine off when stopped, then back on once the brake is released. This reduces emissions and greatly contributes toward the Palisade’s fuel efficiency: 19 MPG in the city and 26 on the highway. 

Here are the three trim levels available for the Palisade: SE, SEL and Limited. Every level offers an eight-inch touchscreen display and a second-row with USB charging ports and one-touch seat access. The SEL adds full-cabin automatic temperature control and front-row captain’s chairs with bench seating for more space. The Limited introduces a second row of captain’s chairs (never enough), two power sunroofs and leather seating with a full-grain finish (arguably the prettiest of leather grains). And of course, features from 2018 and 2019 are kept or improved: push-button start with proximity key, leather steering wheel and knob, roof rails, heated front seats, a “Hands-Free” automatic trunk with proximity sensor. Not mentioned is a seemingly endless list of additional features, features so unique and well-integrated that you won’t notice them functioning at all. This is basically the hidden strength of the 2020 Palisade.

The 2020 Hyundai Kona

While both electric and non-electric versions of the Kona won the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards, only the full-electric Kona’s been picking up speed in auto journalism lately, especially since What Car?, a popular car publication in the UK, discovered in early June that this Kona’s got the best “real world range” of any electric car on the market today—even when including the hoity-toity Tesla Model 3 (eat that, Elon). Real world range, by the way, refers to the length an electric car can go on a single charge through the typical commute, of which the Kona reached 259 miles. The Kona even had the best efficiency—only four pennies a mile. Lots of high-end features, which were reserved for higher-tiers in previous years, have been added to lower tiers. The SEL Plus gets the wireless charging pad and color display that the top-tier Ultimate had. Not much has been revealed regarding the guts of the electric model, but we do know the combustion model will span 147 to 175 HP. For comparison, the 2019 electric model peaks at 201 HP. Right now, she’s the golden child of electric cars, and a peek into a bright, green future—a vision hazed only slightly without a release date.  

To test drive one of the models reviewed here, visit Rick Case Hyundai on 3550 Weston Road, Davie, FL 33331. Call 954-289-6697 or visit RickCaseHyundaiDavie.com to learn more.

Leave a reply

Theme developed by TouchSize - Premium WordPress Themes and Websites