I was recently handed the keys to the new 2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy. After driving the Palisade Calligraphy for a week I compiled a detailed list of everything that wooed me and a few things that let me down with the newest three-row offering from Hyundai.
PRO: Luxury and Tech from Corner to Corner
The best thing the 2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy has going for it is the loads luxury feel in the cabin with loads of tech sprinkled throughout.
Dual 12.3-inch screens are certainly the most eye-catching items as you get a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch navigation screen as your disposal.
A Harmon Kardon audio system, Nappa leather seats, and a digital rearview mirror are all likely to enhance your cabin experience.
PRO: Comfortable Driving Experience
Not only is the cabin a positive experience on the luxury/tech front, but the driving experience is quite a comfortable one.
PRO: Good Looking 3-Row SUV
There are plenty of 3-Row SUVs in the market, but while many end up looking like land yachts the 2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy features a very tasteful external appeal.
PRO: Calligraphy Trim
The 2023 Hyundai Palisade features 5 different trim levels: SE, SEL, XRT, Limited, and the tested Calligraphy.
The Calligraphy trim is really the one you want. You get all the luxury options that are available all in one trim.
CON: Hard Plastics Show in the Interior
While overall it is a quality interior experience, the whole center console is a gaudy piece of hard plastic that isn’t too easy on the eyes.
CON: Drive Modes Don’t Change Much
On the center console, the 2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy features a drive mode toggle.
You can switch between Comfort, Eco, Snow, Smart, and Sport. Besides a change in throttle mapping in Sport and how each drive mode changes the gauge cluster theme, you are likely to not feel the changes transferred to your butt-dyno.
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