The Palisade made its debut for the 2020 model year, replacing the Santa Cruz XL.
It’s currently the largest SUV in Hyundai’s lineup and offers lots of comfort and plenty of standard features.
In this article we’ll take an in-depth look at the Palisade’s expected average lifespan.
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Here is the short answer to how long the Hyundai Palisade lasts:
The Hyundai Palisade should last between 200,000 to 250,000 miles on average with proper maintenance and good driving habits. Based on driving 15,000 miles per year, you can expect the Hyundai Palisade to last 13 to 17 years before requiring overly expensive repairs.
How Many Miles Can You Expect from a Hyundai Palisade?
The Palisade is still a relatively new vehicle, so only time will tell just how long they can last – however, based on industry data and what we know about vehicle longevity we can make an educated prediction.
On used car website Car Gurus, you can currently find lots of Palisades with around 100,000 miles on the clock and still going strong – a good early indicator that these midsize SUVs can go the distance.
A reasonable estimate will see the average Palisade lasting between 200,000 and 250,000 miles although with exemplary ownership habits there’s every chance it could even last over 300,000 miles.
Realistically though, most Palisades won’t make it to the 300k mark, and for most owners once the vehicle starts to incur expensive repairs after significant mileage, from an economical standpoint – money would be better invested into a new vehicle.
According to Repair Pal Hyundai is ranked 4th out of 32 car brands with a reliability score of 4.0/5.0, in recent years the South Korean automakers have been climbing the rankings and making a name for themselves as a dependable choice.
Keep in mind the longevity of your Palisade will be heavily dependent on how well you look after it – vehicle design and engineering quality can only take a car so far.
The life expectancy of your Hyundai Palisade will be cut short if you avoid:
- Using quality parts
- Service appointments
- Routine oil changes
- Regular car washes
- Tire rotations
- Driving smoothly
Marketed as ‘America’s Best Warranty’, the Hyundai Palisade comes with a reassuring 10-Year / 100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 5-Year / 60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
What Problems Do Hyundai Palisade Have?
The Palisade may only have been on the roads a few years, but it’s been around long enough to show some of its weaknesses.
Common across several Hyundai vehicles, there have been numerous complaints from disgruntled Palisade customers due to windshields that crack far too easily and in some cases, the windshield cracks spontaneously with no impact whatsoever.
Windshields are designed to take a certain amount of damage but Palisade owners have reported tiny stones and even acorns leaving small cracks in their windshield that gradually get bigger and spread across the windshield.
According to complaints logged on Car Problem Zoo, a common issue for Palisade owners is due to temperamental windshield wipers.
This issue is particularly bad in the snow, here is one owner’s account (which is echoed by many others):
“The windshield wipers stop/lock with even a small amount of snow on the windshield anywhere in the wiper well (at the bottom, near the hood). Even if it’s cleared out very well to start, snow pushed down there by the wipers causes the wipers to stop working entirely while driving. This is unlike any vehicle I’ve ever driven in my life; it’s incredibly annoying and unsafe.”
This issue will certainly annoy some people more than others, the Hyundai Palisade’s large side-view mirrors are known to create a loud wind noise when driving at highway speeds.
As one driver put it “As the mileage climbs so does the air noise”.
Owners have been left hoping for a recall whilst remedying the noise by turning up their radio.
What is High Mileage for a Hyundai Palisade?
A Hyundai Palisade with over 100,000 miles on the odometer is considered high mileage. At this stage in the vehicle’s life, it’s past its warranty and parts will have accrued some degree of wear and tear making repairs more likely.
Investing in a high-mileage Palisade isn’t necessarily a bad choice, it really depends on the overall condition of the vehicle.
A well-kept Palisade with over 100,000 miles can even be a better option than one with a fraction of the mileage that’s been neglected and had many owners or was previously a rental vehicle.
If you’re buying a used Hyundai Palisade, consider the following:
- Maintenance history. Check that the car was properly serviced and the owner can provide documented proof of this.
- Check for rust. Rust is a problem that will spread – check under the vehicle to.
- Number of previous owners. As a general rule, less is better. More owners usually equate to more wear-and-tear. If one family owned it and drove the full mileage and serviced the car, then you can almost guarantee they took good care of it throughout their ownership.
- How long you are planning on keeping the car. If you’re planning on keeping the car for a long time, evaluate whether the short-term savings outweigh spending extra on something more reliable.
- Inspect the interior. The condition of the interior tells the story of how well the car was maintained and cared for.
- Check the car’s VIN and get a full history report. Was it a taxi or rental car? Recalls? How many owners? Real mileage? Stolen? Any accidents? If you’re buying a used Palisade, always check the VIN – you never know what it’s been through.
How Long Does the Hyundai Palisade Last Compared to Similar Car Models?
In this section, we’ll see how the Palisade stacks up against some of its toughest opponents.
Hyundai Palisade vs. Honda Pilot
The Honda Pilot made its debut as a 2003 model, it’s a great choice for those who want some minivan practicality but prefer the SUV vibe.
The Honda Pilot can last 250,000 to 300,000 miles or 17 – 20 years, slightly longer than what is is expected of the Hyundai Palisade.
|Hyundai Palisade||Honda Pilot|
|RepairPal Reliability Rating||4.0/5.0 (predicted)||3.5/5.0|
|RepairPal Reliability Ranking||3rd / 26 (predicted)|
|13th / 26|
|Average Annual Repair Cost||$540||$542|
|Kelley Blue Book Reliability Score||4.2/5.0||4.0/5.0|
|JD Power Quality & Reliability Score||80/100||79/100|
When it comes to long-lasting vehicles, Honda’s seem to go on just that bit longer than their competitors – that’s not to say a Palisade won’t outlast a Pilot, however, most Honda’s seem to last longer than Hyundai’s.
Choosing between these two vehicles may come down to your budget as the Pilot starts at around $4,400 more expensive then the Palisade.
Auto reviewers give the Palisade the thumbs up for comfort out of these two however the Pilot has the better storage space.
Hyundai Palisade vs. Toyota Highlander
Japanese automakers Toyota launched the Highlander back in 2001 and is currently in its 4th generation.
The Toyota Highlander can last 250,000 – 300,000 miles or 17 – 20 years, greater than what is expected of the Palisade.
|Hyundai Palisade||Toyota Highlander|
|RepairPal Reliability Rating||4.0/5.0 (predicted)||4.0/5.0|
|RepairPal Reliability Ranking||3rd / 26 (predicted)|
|7th / 26|
|Average Annual Repair Cost||$520||$489|
|Kelley Blue Book Reliability Score||4.2/5.0||4.3/5.0|
|JD Power Quality & Reliability Score||80/100||82/100|
Toyota has a knack for building vehicles that just seem to go on forever, and this holds true also for the Highlander with many examples of impressive odometer readings, some in excess of 300,000 miles.
Having said that, many auto reviewers still prefer the Palisade – the Highlander has lots to offer but fails to make it into the top part of the overall rankings.
The Highlander is deducted points for its poor handling and tight third-row space and unimpressive fuel economy on gas-driven models.
The Palisade outshines the Highlander although it may not last as long.
Hyundai Palisade vs. Volkswagen Atlas
Making its debut for 2017, the Atlas is currently the largest vehicle in VW’s fleet.
The Volkswagen Atlas can last 200,000 miles or 13 years, less than what is expected of the Hyundai Palisade.
|Hyundai Palisade||Volkswagen Atlas|
|RepairPal Reliability Rating||4.0/5.0 (predicted)||3.0 / 5.0 (predicted)|
|RepairPal Reliability Ranking||3rd / 26 (predicted)|
|25th / 27 (predicted)|
|Average Annual Repair Cost||$520||$900|
|Kelley Blue Book Reliability Score||4.2/5.0||4.0/5.0|
|JD Power Quality & Reliability Score||80/100||70/100|
The Atlas offers top-notch handling and plenty of cargo space – however, it’s not expected to last as long as a Palisade or be as reliable.
The Atlas has failed to impress auto reviewers, unlike the Palisade which is seen as one of the best well-rounded SUVs in its class.
Related: How Long Do VW Atlas Last?
|Hyundai Palisade||Honda Pilot||Toyota Highlander||Volkswagen Atlas|
|Annual Repair Cost||$520||$807||$489||$900|
|Reliability Rating||4.0/5.0 (predicted)||3.5/5.0||4.0/5.0||3.0/5.0 (predicted)|
|KBB Consumer Rating||4.2/5.0||4.0/5.0||4.3/5.0||4.0/5.0|
|J.D. Power Rating||80/100||85/100||82/100||70/100|
Is the Hyundai Palisade Reliable?
The Hyundai Palisade has only been out a few years, however in that time it has amassed impressive reliability scores from auto review websites and customers alike. Consumer Reports has given the Palisade an average reliability score of 4/5.
Hyundai hasn’t always been associated with reliability, however in recent years they have been climbing the reliability rankings, in fact, Hyundai Motor Group is the top-ranked automaker in J.D. Power’s 2022 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.
The Palisade isn’t perfect, no vehicle is. And as we touched upon earlier it does have a few issues, namely:
- Windshields crack to easily
- Wipers don’t work well in the snow
- Loud noises from mirrors when driving on the highway
Based on consumer feedback the Palisade has scored a strong 4.2/5.0 for reliability on the Kelley Blue Book website, here’s what one owner had to say:
“After owning my 2020 Palisade for 2 years I have found that Hyundai has hit the sweet spot. Smooth running, excellent riding, super reliable, styled beyond belief, technology way ahead of its time, plush interior, biggest and best supportive seats, and a 5-year warranty that very few can offer.”
Consumer Report gave the Hyundai Palisade the following reliability reviews:
|Model Year||Reliability Verdict|
As with longevity, the reliability of your Hyundai Palisade will also depend on keeping up to date with the service schedule and adopting good driving habits.
Reliability Compared to Other SUVs
|Mazda CX-5||4.5 / 5.0|
|Hyundai Santa Fe||4.0 / 5.0|
|Hyundai Palisade (predicted)||4.0 / 5.0|
|Toyota Venza||4.0 / 5.0|
|Hyundai Veracruz||4.0 / 5.0|
|Mitsubishi Endeavor||4.0 / 5.0|
|Dodge Journey||4.0 / 5.0|
|Toyota Highlander||4.0 / 5.0|
|Dodge Nitro||4.0 / 5.0|
|Toyota 4Runner||4.0 / 5.0|
|Subaru Outback||3.5 / 5.0|
|Ford Edge||3.5 / 5.0|
|Toyota FJ Cruiser||3.5 / 5.0|
|Honda Pilot||3.5 / 5.0|
|Jeep Liberty||3.5 / 5.0|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee||3.5 / 5.0|
|Mazda CX-7||3.5 / 5.0|
|Nissan Pathfinder||3.5 / 5.0|
|Subaru Tribeca||3.5 / 5.0|
|Ford Explorer||3.5 / 5.0|
|Ford Explorer Sport Trac||3.5 / 5.0|
|Chevrolet Tahoe||3.5 / 5.0|
|Chevrolet Traverse||3.0 / 5.0|
|GMC Acadia||3.0 / 5.0|
|Buick Enclave||3.0 / 5.0|
|Volkswagen Touareg||3.0 / 5.0|
|Ford Police Interceptor Utility||2.0 / 5.0|
|Avg. Midsize SUV||3.5|
The Best and Worst Years for the Hyundai Palisade
Although there are currently only a few model years out, some Palisade model years are certainly better than others.
Worst Model Year
The worst year for the Palisade is the 2020 model. Although the vehicle isn’t that bad, its the first run of a new model and has more teething issues than newer editions.
On the Car Problem Zoo and Car Complaints websites, the 2020 Palisade has received the highest amount of complaints.
Best Model Year
The 2022 and 2023 Hyundai Palisade are the best model year as Hyundai has added several driver safety aids as standard across the lineup. They also feature side mirrors with integrated turn signals, which aren’t available on older models.
Safety equipment that now comes as standard includes:
- Rear cross-traffic collision avoidance
- Blind-spot collision avoidance
The 2023 would be our top pick as it has received a bit of a facelift both inside and out.
On the exterior, it’s more squared-off and features new designs for the wheels.
Inside, the steering wheel has a modernized design as does the upholstery.
Model Year and Number of Complaints
Here is the total number of complaints and problems for every Hyundai Palisade model year from the CarComplaints and Car Problem Zoo databases:
|Model Year||Car Complaints|
No. of Complaints
|Car Problem Zoo|
No. of Problems
What About Recalls for These Models?
The Hyundai Palisade has had a total of 4 recall campaigns since 2020.
You can check if your Hyundai Palisade has been subjected to a recall campaign by entering your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on Hyundai’s recall page on their website or on the NHTSA recall database.
Recalls are manufacturing faults repaired at no charge to the consumer.
Here is the total number of recall campaigns for every model year of the Hyundai Palisade:
- 2023 Hyundai Palisade: NA
- 2022 Hyundai Palisade: 1
- 2021 Hyundai Palisade: 1
- 2020 Hyundai Palisade: 3
Hyundai Palisade Model Year List
First Generation (2020 – Present)
- 2020 Hyundai Palisade
- 2021 Hyundai Palisade
- 2022 Hyundai Palisade
- 2023 Hyundai Palisade
Are Hyundai Palisade Expensive to Maintain?
Not only does the Palisade have a competitve price tag it is also one of the most affordable vehicles to own in terms of maintenance and repairs. Based on Repair Pal data, the Hyundai Palisade should have an average annual repair cost of $520, which is notably lower than the $570 average for the midsize SUV class.
|Model||Avg. Annual Repair Cost||Frequency of|
Unscheduled Repairs (per year)
|Probability of |
|Hyundai Santa Fe||$515||0.2||10%|
|Hyundai Palisade (predicted)||$520||0.2||10%|
|Toyota FJ Cruiser||$506||0.5||14%|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee||$666||0.3||13%|
|Ford Explorer Sport Trac||$720||0.3||14%|
|Ford Police Interceptor Utility||$1,160||1.0||20%|
|Avg. Midsize SUV||$573||0.4||13%|
How Long Do the Brakes Last?
Hyundai Palisade brake pads will typically last between 30,000 and 70,000 miles. This can vary widely and depends mostly on your style of driving and the traffic conditions you normally experience.
- You can expect your brakes to wear out sooner if you frequently stop and accelerate in rush-hour traffic
- Full and complete stops from a high speed are the #1 cause of premature brake pad wear.
How Long Do the Tires Last?
The Hyundai Palisade’s stock tires usually last around 40,000 to 50,000 miles or 3 to 5 years. However, they can wear out much sooner. This depends on various factors, such as driving habits, climate, and road conditions.
- Rotate tires every 5,000 miles to ensure even wear.
- Check your tire pressure every few weeks to make sure they’re at the correct tire pressure.
- Have a mechanic or tire shop check your wheel alignment every 6 months.
How Long Do Hyundai Palisade Engines Last?
The Hyundai Palisade’s 291 horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine is expected to last at least 200,000 miles providing it’s properly serviced at the manufacturer’s intervals and has regular oil changes.
How Long Do Hyundai Palisade Transmissions Last?
The Hyundai Palisades eight-speed automatic transmission should last at least 200,000 miles providing it is properly maintained.
How Long Do Hyundai Palisade Batteries Last?
The Hyundai Palisade 12V battery should last between 3 – 5 years. A vehicle’s battery life varies depending on many factors such as climate, driving habits, and battery type.
- Keep your battery tightly fastened: The vibrations of your car can loosen the connections, potentially resulting in short circuits and internal damage.
- Limit short rides: Quick car rides prevent the battery from fully charging.
- Control Corrosion: Clean the terminals (toothbrush dipped in baking soda and water mixture) and keep them free from build-up.
How Long Do the Spark Plugs Last?
Hyundai Palisade spark plugs should last about 100,000 miles. These should be inspected when you take your vehicle for maintenance.
Signs of a fouled spark plug include:
- Reduced gas mileage
- Lack of acceleration
- Rough idling
- Hard starts
- Engine misfires
What About Insurance Costs?
The average cost of full comprehensive coverage for a Hyundai Palisade is $1,452 per year or around $121 per month.
Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Hyundai Palisade
- If you need a repair, have it addressed asap to prevent it from getting worse.
- Use smooth driving habits to limit wear and tear on components.
- Familiarize yourself with the owners manual and dashboard warning lights
- Wash your Palisade regularly, including its underside to keep rust at bay. Especially during the winter.
- Keep up to date with factory-recommended maintenance.
- Check your Hyundai Palisade’s engine oil, coolant, brake, and transmission fluid levels and top them up when required.