If you are looking for a great looking family luxury SUV, that doesn't break the bank, the Hyundai Palisade might just be the cross over you've been waiting for.  I got a first impression with one top of the line Palisade at Rex Perry in Nacogdoches. It was fresh off the truck a few months back, when they first came out.

Hyundai Palisade

It's the largest SUV in the Hyundai stable in what is analready SUV heavy lineup. Meant to replace the Santa Fe XL, that was still pretty fresh. This one came out just after the new KIA Teluride, it shares the same underpinnings, but the starting price is a little higher. A pinch over $6,000 more than the Kia, but you get a lot more luxury than you could imagine Kia or Hyundai would have.  The Teluride is the Lincoln to the Kia's more Ford type of delivery. But the base price needs to be ignored slightly. This is an SUV that for more gets you a lot more for your dollar when you add on the options.

When you get one "all the way up" like the one I found, there is so much to see. Little details like one of the best lane keep systems ever. That comes in handy on long trips, just like the USB ports built into the back of the seats. Power is more than adequate for the Palisade. Zero to 60 time is under 8 seconds. There is only one drive train, and even though it's a larger SUV, a 291 horsepower V6 gets the job done.  I really think the story is with the presentation of the interior and the materials. Things you would not expect in a budget friendly vehicle.

Some larger domestic SUV's this well optioned, could be well over $80,000. The Palisade seats just as many passengers, and is roomier than any Hyundai ever. It can even get your smaller boat to the dock, with a towing capacity of 5,000lbs, and cameras that help you hook up. It even has cameras for your blind spot in the gauge cluster screen, and an intercom for the driver to the third row. If you want big luxury, without paying twice the price you might just want to take a look at the Hyundai Palisade.

Why am I writing car stories? I'm passionate about vehicles and have written articles about them in the past. I have been a car enthusiast my entire life. I am not a mechanic, but I can follow a YouTube video, and do most any thing you could fix yourself on modern cars. That's not much, even though you can't work on today's cars like in the past, you still need to know the basics. Changing a tire might get you out of an hour long wait for a tow. That is if you have a spare tire. Not all cars come with them these days, so you might just end up with a can of fix a flat. I will hopefully get around to telling you more about my past vehicles, and my somewhat knowledgeable opinion about other vehicles in my future articles.