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Dave's Garage: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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The Hyundai Palisade and the Kia Telluride have different names -- and are sold under different labels. But they're made by the same company, Kia being part of Hyundai in the same way that GMC is part of GM and Lexus is a division of Toyota.

And they're (SETI ITAL)mostly the same vehicle.

This is a common practice.

The question is, why practice it?

The reasons are twofold.

First, there usually are differences -- ideally, enough to make a difference. These differences might not be mechanical -- but appearances (and available equipment) as well as price can make a big difference.

 

And those differences make it possible to differentiate a Kia from a Hyundai -- and market them each to different buyer demographics -- without Hyundai, the parent company, having to design and build two entirely different models. Which saves them -- and, ultimately, the customer -- money.

What It Is

The Palisade is the Hyundai-badged (and styled) version of the Kia Telluride. Or vice versa.

Both are full-sized, three-row crossover SUVs and mechanically identical but visually very different -- and not just grillewise. The Kia is slightly longer and wider overall and has a little more ground clearance (when ordered with its optional all-wheel-drive system). It also has more side-glass area and a little less cargo room.

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