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2024 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Palisade: Are they too similar now?

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The next-gen Hyundai Santa Fe gets a little longer and adds a third row. Since the Palisade, which also has a third row, competes in a similar space, we had to look at the question of whether the two SUVs are too similar now. So, here’s a quick look at the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Palisade specs.

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Palisade: The big difference

We got a lot of questions (a lot of questions) in social media about the size differences between the Santa Fe and Palisade and whether this new Santa Fe means Palisade is going away. To the best of our knowledge, Palisade is not going away – Hyundai just refreshed it for Pete’s sake.

But with the 1.8-inch increase in length, Santa Fe edges closer to Palisade’s size, so these are certainly valid questions.

The one big difference that remains between these two midsize SUVs will be the powertrains. Currently, the Palisade only gets a V-6 engine with more horsepower than the Santa Fe gets in any powertrain. The 2024 Santa Fe will also offer powertrain options, including a hybrid, whereas the Palisade is monospec. While only the 2.5-liter turbo and hybrid powertrains are currently confirmed for the U.S., there will be non-turbo and plug-in hybrid options globally, so there’s the potential that the U.S. Santa Fe could have multiple powertrain options.

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe. vs. Palisade

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe

Midsize SUV size wars

When you look at the 2024 Santa Fe vs. Palisade specs below, you can see that there is a fairly significant size difference in length and width between the two SUVs. Palisade remains 6 inches longer and 3 inches wider.

What’s really interesting, though, is how Santa Fe makes good use of the space it has: second- and third-row legroom isn’t too far off of the Palisade numbers. However, that 1.4 inch third-row difference will probably mean the third row of the Santa Fe is more for kids, while adults will sit more comfortably in the Palisade. So, it truly depends on how you intend to use the third row.

I did spend some time in the third row, and as someone who’s the size of an average 10-year-old, I was pretty comfy and impressed with the amenities.

While specs are still pretty limited for the 2024 Santa Fe at the moment, we expect a more detailed look in November when it’s fully revealed at the LA Auto Show.

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Palisade specs

2024 Santa Fe2024 Palisade
Engine(s)2.5L turbo 4-cyl,
1.6L turbo 4-cyl Hybrid
3.8L V-6
Horesepower277 / 178 (HEV)291
Torque (lb-ft)311 / 195 (HEV)262
Length190.2 in.196.7 in.
Width 74.8 in.77.8 in.
Height roof 68.1 in.68.9 in.
Wheelbase 110.8 in.114.2 in.
Headroom front (w/ sunroof) 41.1 (40.2) in.40.7 (39.3) in.
Headroom 2nd (w/ sunroof) 40.6 (39.6) in.40.1 (38.8) in.
Headroom 3rd (w/ sunroof) 37.7 in.37.8 (37.2) in.
Legroom front 41.4 in.44.1 in.
Legroom 2nd 42.3 in.42.4 in.
Legroom 3rd 30 in.31.4 in.
Shoulder room front 59.5 in.61.2 in.
Shoulder room 2nd 58.1 in.60.8 in.
Shoulder room 3rd 53.5 in.55.2 in.

The bottom line

While Hyundai’s two midsize SUVs are edging closer in size, we think they are still different enough that they will attract different buyers. The Santa Fe is geared more towards younger, more active families who will use the third row occasionally, whereas the Palisade will be more for the established family where the third row is a must.

If you’re in the market for a three-row SUV, which one is more your style?

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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