The Hyundai Palisade is one of the highly-rated midsize SUVs we have on the market. This family-friendly vehicle not only turns heads but also ensures consumers arrive at their destination safely and in style.
Despite all the good things about this car, there have been several complaints from consumers.
The good thing is that most of these problems have steadily been reduced over the last couple of years since its debut. In the article below, we have covered some of those faults.
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#1 Excessive Wind Noise
There have been a significant number of reports of excessive wind noise while one is driving.
Owners claim that this happens when one drives at highway speeds. One driver said that the wind noise increased as they accelerated, starting at speeds of 30 mph.
However, even at lower speeds, it is still possible to hear a high-pitched whistling noise.
Possible Causes and Solutions
Here are some of the reasons you may be experiencing excessive wind noise and what you can do about it.
- Vehicle Size and Design
When a larger object collides with air when being driven at high speeds, it will create more noise compared to a smaller object. Trucks, SUVs, and buses are large cars, meaning they are likely to create more sound.
- The Seals are Damaged
All vehicles have door seals. They are made of EPDM rubber, a material that makes them perfect for preventing water, air, and dust from getting inside the car.
But just like most rubber and plastic elements, the seals will start wearing out after a couple of years. After all, you have been opening and closing the door daily, slamming it against the seals. After some time, the seals become flat, torn, or ripped, hence ineffective.
When that happens, the flowing air outside will manage to make its way inside the car. But because the space is narrow, that is why you hear that high-pitched noise.
To fix the issue, inspect your doors and try to see whether the seals are still in great shape. If the seals have come out, find a way to stick them back in. But if the tear is significant, your only solution is to replace them.
- The Doors are Damaged
Another cause of the noise can be the door. Maybe it is not closing properly, or something is preventing it from working as it should. Check for damage, especially if you have been in an accident, even if it was minor.
If you notice dents or cracks, then that is where the problem lies. Take your car to a professional and have the issue fixed.
#2 Excessive Shuddering or Vibrating
This has commonly been in the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. Consumers have reported that the car shudders or vibrates, particularly at higher speeds.
Unfortunately, those vibrations can pass to the steering wheel, making it difficult for one to control the SUV well and even putting you at risk of getting into an accident.
Possible Causes and Solutions
Take a look at some of the reasons your car may be vibrating and how you can fix the issues.
- Unbalanced Wheels
This is the major cause of excessive vibrations when one is driving at high speeds. If you have noticed that the steering vibrates or wobbles, then this could be the problem.
When it is just the front wheels that are unbalanced, the vibrations will be strongest on your steering wheel. But when it is just the rear wheels that are unbalanced, you will feel the vibration throughout the car’s body.
Most of the time, unbalanced wheels in your Palisade are caused by uneven wear and tear in your tires or from running into obstacles and potholes.
Even when you have brand new tires, it is advisable to have the tires balanced correctly to prevent premature wear and tear, which can lead to those vibrations.
To balance your wheels, take them to the auto shop. They have the right equipment to correct wheel imbalance. We have more here about how to balance wheels.
- Bad Wheel Alignment
Misaligned wheels can also lead to vibrations in your Hyundai Palisade. Most of the time, people overlook this aspect when they take their car for servicing, yet it is very important.
Hitting curbs and potholes can easily lead to misaligned wheels, hence excessive tire wear.
A common sign that you have misaligned wheels is when you feel your car pulling on one side, and so you have to constantly adjust the steering wheel to stick to your lane.
To rectify the solution, take the car to an auto repair shop. They have the correct equipment to re-align your wheels. There is no exact interval for when one should go for wheel alignment. That is because driving habits tend to be different.
However, whenever you take your car for servicing, ask the mechanic to check that your wheels are still aligned.
- Tire Damage
Check whether your tires are damaged, which could also be why your car is vibrating excessively. Do you see any cracks, cuts, bulges, or uneven wear?
Note that the damage may also not be visible if the belt breaks inside the tire; this can happen even to new tires. The solution is to simply replace the tires.
- Rim Damage
Your Hyundai Palisade can also vibrate due to bent wheels. Such damage is usually caused when you hit obstacles such as speed bumps, curbs, or deep potholes when driving fast.
A bent rim has to be replaced to prevent the risk of a tire blow.
- Bad Wheel Bearing
A faulty wheel bearing could be the reason your Hyundai Palisade is shaking.
Listen for a grinding noise as you drive or a knocking noise when you take a corner. You will also notice that the grinding noise becomes louder and the vibrations stronger when you drive faster.
Wheel bearings bear the weight of the car. That means damage will occur at some point. However, how soon they fail will depend on your driving habits.
If the bearings are damaged, you will have to replace them with new ones.
This will cost you about $350.
#3 Possible Electrical Problems
The Hyundai Palisade has not managed to escape electrical problems. There have been several complaints about various things.
Possible Problems and Solutions
Let us break down the common electrical issues with the Hyundai Palisade and how to solve them.
- Apple CarPlay malfunction
Apple CarPlay allows you to access different iOS apps while driving by routing everything to the car’s infotainment system. And that is amazing until Apple CarPlay malfunctions.
Some of the reasons Apple CarPlay may suddenly stop working include:
1) iPhone not detected
2) Incompatibility issues
3) Integration issues between the apps
4) Issues with an iOS update
Some of the ways to fix these problems are as follows:
1) Restart your phone
2) Ensure CarPlay has been enabled on your phone
3) Enable CarPlay even when the phone screen is locked
4) Make sure Siri is enabled
5) Ensure Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are enabled
- Infotainment System Failure
Another electrical issue that has been reported is the infotainment system failing, hence disabling all connectivity options, including the navigation.
First, check the power source as your infotainment system is connected to it. If the power source malfunctions, then the infotainment system will fail as well.
Some of the reasons the infotainment system may refuse to work include wiring issues, blown car fuses, lack of power for the system to operate, or blown valves.
To fix the issue, switch off your car’s power supply, then get a multimeter and test the wire fuse. If the multimeter does not display a reading, the fuse is probably blown. Take the car to the mechanic and have them fix the issue.
- Malfunction Rearview Camera
When one is reversing, some drivers have claimed that the backup camera failed to display the image. This can happen for many reasons. If the last time you used the rearview camera, it was working, then try resetting the display screens.
Cars usually have various components operating in tandem. Your screen suddenly not displaying an image could simply mean a glitch in these systems. But if resetting the camera or display screen does not solve the issue, there might be a loose electrical component such as a cable.
If that is the case, you will need a certified mechanic who has fixed rearview cameras before.
Pros and Cons of the Hyundai Palisade
Let us not look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of this vehicle.
Here is why we love the Hyundai Palisade
- Stylish and Sporty
The Hyundai Palisade is an attractive car that stands out from the crowd. The tall stance, bold front grille, and the curves and angles make the car look athletic and modern. All these features make it easy to see why the car would catch the eye of a potential buyer.
- Spacious on the Inside
When you hear of three-row seating, what comes to mind is that the car is not comfortable. However, the Hyundai Palisade has broken that stereotype, and the car is quite comfortable whether you are in the second or third row.
The third row has a leg space of about 31 inches, and the second row has a leg space of 42 inches. The headspace is also adequate, ensuring that you do not sit in a slouchy fashion.
The cargo space is spacious enough. And you can even fold the seats in the last row if you need the extra storage.
- Safety Innovations
In terms of safety, the Palisade has done really well. This family-oriented SUV boasts the following safety features:
1) Stability control
2) Anti-lock brakes
3) Six-airbags system
4) Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW)
5) Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
6) Safe exit assist
7) Surround-view monitor
- Controls are Located in the Right Place
The control layout is pretty straightforward and located just in the right place, where a driver can easily reach out for buttons.
The positioning of the touchscreen is also great, giving the driver an easy time.
- Multiple Driving Modes
The Hyundai Palisade performs well in all terrains, thanks to its four driving modes- sport, eco, smart, and comfort. The multiple driving modes come in handy depending on how you use your Palisade.
For instance, comfort mode is for regular driving, such as going to the office, mall, or store. But when you are taking an adventurous trip, whether on muddy or snowy terrain, you can switch to sports mode.
The availability of different driving modes ensures you enjoy your rides, despite the current conditions.
The downsides of the Hyundai Palisade include:
- Excessive wind noise
- Excessive shuddering
- Electrical problems
What Do the Reviews Say?
“The Hyundai Palisade is a rare vehicle, stylish, comfortable to drive, well-trimmed, and fitted with multiple safety and convenience features. While it is not the most athletic SUV, it certainly gives value for the money.’’
“Convenient, comfortable, liberally equipped, and well priced, the Hyundai Palisade is among our best three-row SUVs.”
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ⓘ The information in this article is based on data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall reports, consumer complaints submitted to the NHTSA, reliability ratings from J.D. Power, auto review and rating sites such as Edmunds, specialist forums, etc. We analyzed this data to provide insights into the best and worst years for these vehicle models.