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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.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America
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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The Bronze Edition model builds on the XLE trim.

Toyota

The Toyota Highlander entered its fourth generation for the 2020 model year, which brought sleek style, updated tech, and a premium-look interior. A new XSE trim joined the lineup for 2021, and for 2022, Toyota is adding a new hybrid-only Bronze Edition trim.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition adds useful features, such as a hands-free power liftgate.toyota

The new Bronze Edition Highlander builds on the XLE trim with:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Memory driver's seat with 10-way power adjustments
  • Hands-free power liftgate

Toyota notes that the Bronze Edition previews features that will show up with the greater 2022 Highlander release. Among them are the new Wind Chill Pearl color, which replaces Blizzard Pearl from the previous model, and height/tilt passenger seat adjustments.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Highlander is a supremely comfortable SUV with room for the family.Toyota

The Highlander carries on into 2022 with a standard 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. A Highlander Hybrid is available, which mates a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. Combined system output is 243 horsepower. With the V6 on board, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition is available for Highlander Hybrid models.Toyota

All 2022 Highlander models get Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, road sign assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, lane tracing assist, a sway warning system, and automatic high beams. Those features and the Highlander's excellent crash testing scores were good enough for the SUV to earn a Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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The Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

Hyundai

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is all-new for 2021, and features an impressive list of standard features, great safety scores, and family-friendly space. If you're looking for a new SUV, it's hard to imagine a better fit for an urban family, or any other family, for that matter. Beyond a few small complaints, the Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

Here are three things to like about the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid The Santa Fe Hybrid brings great passenger space and an upscale interior.Hyundai

It offers plenty of passenger and cargo space

The Santa Fe offers roomy seating for up to five adults with more than reasonable head and legroom in both rows. Second-row passengers have room to move, and don't end up jockeying for position with taller front-seat passengers. When the SUV is packed with people and needs to haul gear, it's more than capable of doing that, too, as it offers 36.4 cubic feet of space behind the second row and up to 72.1 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down. Making the space more accessible, power-folding second-row seats and a hands-free power liftgate are standard.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid All trims come decked out with safety equipment.Hyundai

It delivers excellent fuel economy

The Santa Fe Hybrid returns impressive fuel economy numbers, especially in town, making it an excellent urban family runabout. The EPA estimates that the SUV can deliver 33 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined. The Santa Fe Hybrid Blue returns 36 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 34 mpg combined. That's several miles per gallon better than the standard Santa Fe and better than some sedans.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Fuel economy is better than many smaller cars.Hyundai

It earned great safety scores

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). That score is due in part to the Santa Fe's Good marks in crash tests, but the SUV's long list of standard safety kit helps, too. All models come with forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian, cyclist, and junction turning detection, lane keeping assist, driver attention warnings, lane following assist, and a rear occupant alert system. Optional features include blind spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, a parking distance warning system, and a highway driving assist system.

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