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Hyundai repackages Palisade, debuts Calligraphy trim level for 2021

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy joins the company's lineup for 2021.

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Hyundai is already stealing market share from its competitors with the three-row Palisade SUV; nearly half of Palisade buyers had never considered the Hyundai brand before. Now, they're adding to the appeal with a shuffled trim level lineup that includes the addition of a top-tier Calligraphy model.

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy builds on the model's Palisade Limited model. It comes standard with all-wheel drive with hill descent control and Snow drive mode.

2021 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy

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The model rides on Calligraphy-exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels, and has a unique grille design, an upgraded side door garnish, high-end rear-accent lighting signature, and ultra-wide LED center high-mount stoplight puddle lamps.

The flagship SUV's cabin is equipped with quilted leather door panels, a microfiber suede headliner, a cargo sill protection plate, and perforated leather steering wheel.

All models continue to be powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. However, there are some changes to the features roster. Most of the equipment previously found in the Driver Guidance package, including a 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen, navigation, Highway Drive Assist, satellite radio, Blue Link, and Driver Talk has been added as standard equipment on Palisade Premium and higher models.

Palisade SE and above models without navigation get multiple device connection capability, HD radio, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Additionally, LED headlamps are now standard and Palisade SEL models and above also come standard with a sunroof and LED map lights. Premium models also get a melange headliner.

Palisade trailer pre-wiring connectors have been upgraded from a four-pin connector to a seven-pin connector design.

Hyundai continues to back each new Palisade with its Hyundai Assurance program, which includes complementary maintenance, and America's Best Warranty, which is made up of a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and 7-year anti-perforation warranty.

Hyundai has priced the 2021 Palisade to start at $32,545. The Palisade Calligraphy has a starting MSRP of $47,750.

The 2021 Palisade, including the Calligraphy model, begins arriving at Hyundai dealers this month.

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New Jeep Compass Coming Soon

The Compass gets a major update for 2022.


The Chicago Auto Show is happening now, which means we've already seen a few new models and concepts. Just yesterday, Jeep introduced the new 2022 Compass compact SUV. It gets a new design inside and out, updated tech, and a load of new available driver aids. The Compass' refresh comes as new models from Ford, Subaru and others could cut into Jeep's off-road dominance.

As it was in previous model years, the new Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It's good for up to 31 mpg on the highway in 2WD models and can deliver a max towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds in 4WD models. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for Compass Sport and Latitude 4X2 models, while all others get a nine-speed automatic transmission that can handle the 20:1 crawl ratio setting in the Trailhawk model.

An all-new Latitude LUX trim joins the Compass lineup for 2022 as well. It features leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, a seven-inch full-color gauge cluster, and the larger 10.1-inch screen.

2022 Jeep Compass The new Compass is more upscale than its predecessor.Stellantis/Jeep

The Compass comes with a class-leading 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, but higher trims get an even larger 10.1-inch unit. It offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and runs Uconnect 5, a colorful, responsive infotainment system with advanced features and tech.

Several new safety features make an appearance, but most are added-cost options. The highway assist system offers a semi-autonomous driving feature, which Jeep says will become available later. Other tech includes traffic sign recognition, standard pedestrian/cyclist automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a long list of more traditional advanced driver aids like blind spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The Compass lineup for 2022 includes five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. Pricing for the new Compass starts at $26,490, including a $1,495 destination charge. At the top of the lineup, the Trailhawk and Limited models both start at $32,890. It's expected to start arriving on dealers' lots in fall 2021.

2022 Jeep Compass New color schemes highlight the Compass' interior.Stellantis/Jeep

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Hyundai announces pricing for Santa Cruz pickup

It's small, but the Santa Cruz can do plenty of truck stuff like the big guys.


Looking at American trucks over the years, it's hard to ignore their growing size and price, but 2021 might just be the year that bucks that trend. Earlier in the year, Ford announced the compact Maverick pickup truck, and after months of rumors, Hyundai did the same. The Santa Cruz will be a small unibody pickup designed in California and built in Alabama. Today, the automaker announced pricing for the upcoming vehicle.

Pricing for the Santa Cruz starts at $23,990, which after the $1,185 destination charge comes to $25,175. That reasonable sum buys the base SE trim, which comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Hyundai estimates that the base engine produces 190 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, while the available turbocharged 2.5-liter engine makes 275 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

Other standard features include:

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz The Santa Cruz rides on a unibody frame, which gives it a better ride than most trucks.Hyundai

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED taillights
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Rear occupant alerts
  • Driver attention warnings
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Speed limit warnings
  • Leading vehicle departure alerts

Despite its size and unibody construction, the Santa Cruz does offer traditional truck capabilities. With the base engine on board, the vehicle is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds, and with the turbocharged engine that number increases to 5,000 pounds. The unibody setup also gives the Santa Cruz a more car-like ride and handling, which improves comfort. It's a configuration that is also used by the Honda Ridgeline and the upcoming Ford Maverick pickups.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz The Santa Cruz has a useful bed that can be configured a few ways.Hyundai

Hyundai started building the Santa Cruz at its Montgomery, Alabama factory in June. The automaker says that its production will eventually add 1,200 jobs to the facility, and notes that the vehicle will go on sale sometime later this summer. We're heading out to drive the new Santa Cruz in early August, so stay tuned for a first-drive review in a few weeks.

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