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Refreshed 2023 Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride Are Handsome Inside and Out

After racking up numerous awards and accolades since their launch three years ago, the two largest SUVs from South Korea get a significant mid-cycle update for the 2023 model year, and future customers will definitely like what they see.

We’ve mentioned them in our overview of the latest New York Auto Show, but let’s take a closer look, shall we?

2023 Hyundai Palisade

Considering the wider front fascia with a modified cascading grille flanked by vertically connected daytime running lights, not to mention the new LED headlamps, the 2023 Palisade looks more like a very large Tucson mixed with Santa Cruz. Hyundai is also introducing a handsome new 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheel design.

The cabin has a more modern look and feel, too, what with the available 12-inch infotainment screen, Hyundai-first digital rear-view mirror, as well as quicker-charging USB ports and wireless charging.

In keeping with one of the latest trends across the auto industry, there’s a new “Urban” trim with a darker and slightly more rugged appearance similar to what you can find on the Santa Fe and Tucson. It doesn’t make the Palisade any more adventurous, mind you. As for the 3.8-litre V6 engine under the hood, it still delivers 291 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

2023 Kia Telluride

The Palisade’s cousin, the Kia Telluride, boasts fresh new looks, as well. Kia designers are proving once again that they’re not afraid to go bold—just look at the new vertical LED headlights along with the revised grille and bumpers. Also, each trim level gets new wheel designs.

Real beauty lies inside, however, and the 2023 Telluride impresses with a cleaner dashboard and steering wheel, additional colour packages, and more importantly a single, ultra-wide interface combining a pair of 12.3-inch digital displays.

Occupants both young and old will appreciate new tech features such as the 4G LTE hot spot for up to five devices, the ability to use a compatible phone or smart watch as a virtual key or else Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to remotely control some vehicle functions.

Another important change for 2023 is the addition of an X-Line model replacing the Nightfall Edition. This new Telluride features a distinctive grille, bridge-type roof rails and unique 20-inch wheels, but the real difference makers are the higher ground clearance, improved approach and departure angles, optimized Tow mode and upgraded traction control system—all of which should please drivers looking for a bit of off-road fun or needing to tow heavy loads.

Look for these two refreshed Korean SUVs to land in dealer showrooms across Quebec sometime in the next few months.