Hyundai Palisade Highlander 3.8L V6 2WD SUV 2023 Review

Why is the Hyundai Palisade Highlander two wheel drive only

Palisade Highlander 3.8L V6 – Last week I drove the Hyundai Palisade Highlander. The version I had was the 3.8L petrol version. The Highlander comes in both seven and eight seat models.

Hyundai Palisade 2022The Highlander 3.8L V6 petrol engine comes with 217kW of power and 3550Nm of torque. It’s a front wheel drive only model and has a smooth 8 Speed automatic transmission.

It’s a reasonable combination, but I definitely prefer the 2.2L diesel engine and AWD combination.

Palisade is a large family-based SUV that showcases the best features in the Hyundai SUV range.

Its stylish and spacious. Little features such as heated and ventilated front seats, Hyundai BlueLink connectivity, large 12.3 inch driver instrument cluster and same central touch screen. This has excellent resolution and clarity. A clever Hyundai/Kia feature is the indicator camera in the dash dials.

Safety is catered for by the Hyundai smartsense system. There is also a digital reverse mirror, 3D surround camera and a wireless phone charge pad.

For a large SUV the Palisade rides and handles smoothly. Its tight and responds well to driver inputs. With large windows everywhere it has an open feel and good visibility.

Hyundai Palisade Highlander is priced from $75,900 plus the usual costs.

This is a Motoring Minute

I’m Rob Fraser

Hyundai Palisade Highlander 3.8L V6 Petrol profile


Some other Palisade articles.

Hyundai Palisade Highlander 3.8L V6 Petrol interior dash

What is good?

  • Comfortable ride and handling
  • Stylish design, Luxury, and comfort
  • Size and space

What is not so good?

  • No wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Adaptive Cruise control not selective
  • Thirsty and bit sluggish

Also look at.

Big SUV’s are now common and there is a wide choice

Buyers could also look at the diesel sibling the Palisade 2.2L.

Otherwise the Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Kluger, Peugeot 5008 GT, Kia Carnival,

Hyundai Palisade Highlander 3.8L V6 Petrol engine

Hyundai Palisade 


Highlander 3.8L V6 FWD

Model Price$74,965 MLP*
Engine3.8L 4 Cyl petrol Euro 5
Drivetrain8 Sp AT 2WD
Battery Capacity / typeN/A
Power217kW @ 6,000 rpm
Torque355Nm @ 5,200rpm
Range (WLTP) / ADR855Km max
Economy / efficiencyADR 10.7L/100k
Economy on test12.5L/100k
Fast Charge / HomeN/A
Safety5 Star ANCAP (tested Aug 2022)
CO2 Emissions251g/100km
0-100kmh/Top SpeedN/A
Servicing12mth / 10,000km Capped Price
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km
Roadside Assist5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Hyundai Palisade Highlander 3.8L V6 Petrol interior front seats

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel9
Ride and Handling8
Fit for Purpose9
Towing / AWD Capability5  (AWD – N/A Towing 5/10)
Value for Money9

*Towing and AWD Capability is compared to other similar vehicles in the same class.

Hyundai Palisade Highlander 3.8L V6 Petrol interior rear seats


Overall Length4995mm
Wheels20×7.5 Alloy
Tyres245/50 R20
Max ground clearanceUp to 203mm
Wading DepthTBA
Approach18.5 degrees
Rampover17.9 degrees
Departure angle20.3 degrees
Turning Circle KTK11.8m
Boot Min311Lmm
Boot Max1297mm
Kerb Weight1984kg
Payload (kg)686kg
GVM (kg)2670kg
Towing Capacity2200kg
Tow Ball rating100kg

Hyundai Palisade 2022

Radio Segments Motoring Minute

Motoring Minute is heard around Australia every day on over 50 radio channels through the Torque Radio network

Motoring Minute has an average daily audience of over 550,000 listeners. They are also syndicated through various news sites around Australia.

Additionally Motoring Minute is also broadcast as part of Overdrive Radio Program on the Community Radio Network across Australia.