2022 Hyundai Palisade vs 2021 Ford Explorer

2022 Hyundai Palisade vs 2021 Ford Explorer


Virtual newcomer, the 2022 Hyundai Palisade, and veteran SUV, the 2021 Ford Explorer, battle it out to see who comes out on top. Is it time for Vernon, Manchester, and Hartford, Connecticut, drivers to choose one over the other? Yes!

So, let’s watch this play out and see what Key Hyundai of Manchester comes up with.


Hyundai Palisade Interior Space

Which Has More Wiggle Room?

If you’re considering both SUVs, you probably need a lot of room. Could it be for a growing family or do you like to stretch out, like royalty?

In the Hyundai Palisade, when you select bench seating for the middle row, you can welcome up to 8 riders on board. With the Ford Explorer, you’ll reach the maximum with 7 passengers.

More passengers can fit in the Hyundai, as you have a passenger volume of 155.3 cubic feet. The Ford Explorer only offers 152.7 cubic feet of volume.

You’ll also get more hip room and shoulder room to wiggle around in the Palisade than in the Explorer.

Let’s take a look:

Third-Row Dimensions

Hyundai Palisade

Ford Explorer

Hip Room

43.7 inches

40.9 inches

Shoulder Room

55.2 inches

54.6 inches

While both vehicles offer premium leather seating options, do you get a steering wheel to match? Yes! However, the Hyundai offers either an available leather-wrapped or a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel. Only one choice exists in the Ford—an available leather-wrapped steering wheel.


Hyundai Palisade Interior Technology

Which SUV Can Call Out for Attention?

Want to call for attention in the Palisade? Use the available Driver Talk in-car intercom. Announce a bathroom break or ask the troops to keep it down. You cannot do this in the Ford—unless you shout.

If you want a snapshot of your Hyundai’s operations, skip looking down and view the optional Heads-up Display instead. See the current speed, the next directions, and more projected onto your windshield. Unfortunately, the Ford doesn’t offer a comparable system.

The console may already harbor several items, from kid’s toys and tissues to cold weather garb. What you don’t need in your SUV is yet another piece of clutter.

Hyundai heeded your plea, with wireless Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® integration—smartphone connection without cords. You’ll be untangling wires in your Ford for the same connectivity.


Hyundai Palisade Driving

Which Safety Systems Only Appear in the Hyundai?

Innovative safety features pop up when you least expect it in the Hyundai.

The Driver Attention Warning system monitors your driving. If it senses a pattern of distracted or drowsy driving, it nudges you to take a break. You cannot find this in the Ford.

There are two additional systems that you’ll receive in the Palisade that do not come in the Explorer. Safe Exit Assist alerts you to any cars passing your door when you’re poised to open it.

The Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert gives you a visual alert to double-check the back seat to see if you’ve left anything there. Overhead, ultrasonic sensors will detect movement. If you’ve already locked or parked the car, multiple alarms will activate to inform you that a pet or a person may still be in the car.


Which SUV Comes Out on Top? 2022 Hyundai Palisade vs 2021 Ford Explorer

So, did the virtual newcomer, the 2022 Hyundai Palisade, or the veteran SUV, the 2021 Ford Explorer, prevail? From Key Hyundai of Manchester’s findings, it appears that the Hyundai comes out on top.

Vernon, Manchester, and Hartford, CT, shoppers can see for themselves by scheduling a test drive at our dealership today.


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