North Georgia Ford Compares 2022 Ford Explorer VS 2022 Hyundai Palisade Near Ellijay, GA

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2022 Ford Explorer

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2022 Hyundai Palisade

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Ford Explorer have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Hyundai Palisade doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

The Ford Explorer has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The Palisade doesn’t offer a front passenger side knee airbag.

The Explorer has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Palisade doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Explorer and the Palisade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Explorer is safer than the Hyundai Palisade:

Explorer

Palisade

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

160

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

42 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

318

333

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29.2%

35%

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Explorer is safer than the Hyundai Palisade:

Explorer

Palisade

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

224 lbs.

303 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

86

189

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

14 inches

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

573 lbs.

724 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Explorer’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The Explorer has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Palisade doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

Engine Comparison

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The Explorer’s standard 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder produces 9 more horsepower (300 vs. 291) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 262) than the Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6. The Explorer’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6 hybrid produces 27 more horsepower (318 vs. 291) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 262) than the Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6. The Explorer ST/Platinum/King Ranch/Timberline’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 109 more horsepower (400 vs. 291) and 153 lbs.-ft. more torque (415 vs. 262) than the Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Explorer turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Hyundai Palisade:

Explorer

Palisade

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Explorer gets better mileage than the Palisade:

MPG

Explorer

RWD

3.3 V6 Hybrid

27 city/28 hwy

Platinum 3.3 V6 Hybrid

25 city/26 hwy

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

AWD

3.3 V6 Hybrid

23 city/26 hwy

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

Palisade

FWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Explorer Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Palisade doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Both the Explorer and the Palisade have a standard automatic start/stop engine feature to stop unnecessary fuel waste and pollution at stop lights and heavy traffic. All Explorers have a standard disable switch for the system, so a driver can keep the engine from shutting off when the vehicle stops temporarily. A disable switch costs extra on the Palisade.

The Explorer V6 Turbo’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Palisade (20.2 vs. 18.8 gallons).

The Explorer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Palisade doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Explorer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Palisade:

Explorer

Explorer ST

Palisade

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.3 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.8 inches

12 inches

The Explorer ST’s optional front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Palisade are solid, not vented.

The Explorer stops much shorter than the Palisade:

Explorer

Palisade

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the Palisade (255/65R18 vs. 245/60R18). The Explorer’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Palisade (275/45R21 vs. 245/60R18).

The Explorer’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Palisade’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Explorer offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Palisade’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the Explorer can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The Palisade doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Explorer has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Palisade doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Explorer’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Palisade doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Explorer’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the Palisade (119.1 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

The Explorer’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Palisade’s (56% to 44%). This gives the Explorer more stable handling and braking.

The Explorer ST 4WD handles at .86 G’s, while the Palisade SEL AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Explorer ST 4WD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Palisade Limited AWD (26.4 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Explorer Timberline has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Palisade (8.7 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Explorer to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The front grille of the Explorer uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Palisade doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Explorer Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Palisade doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Explorer XLT 4WD is quieter than the Palisade Limited AWD (73 vs. 74 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Explorer has 1.1 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room, 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.1 inches more third row headroom and .8 inches more third row legroom than the Palisade.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the Palisade.

Explorer

Palisade

Behind Third Seat

18.2 cubic feet

18 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

47.9 cubic feet

45.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87.8 cubic feet

86.4 cubic feet

The Explorer’s cargo area is larger than the Palisade’s in almost every dimension:

Explorer

Palisade

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

20.8”/49.8”/83.9”

20.8”/49”/82.5”

Max Width

59”

53.7”

Min Width

48.1”

43.4”

Height

33.7”

30.5”

The Explorer has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Palisade doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Explorer. The Palisade doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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On a hot day the Explorer’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Palisade can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Palisade doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Explorer’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Palisade SE/SEL’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Explorer Platinum has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Palisade doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Explorer’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Palisade offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Explorer ST/Platinum offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Palisade.

The Explorer has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Palisade SEL/Limited/Calligraphy.

The Explorer’s optional Active Park Assist 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Palisade doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Explorer is less expensive to operate than the Palisade because it costs $336 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Explorer than the Palisade, including $19 less for a water pump, $101 less for front brake pads, $202 less for a starter, $187 less for fuel injection, $119 less for a fuel pump, $139 less for front struts, $119 less for a timing belt/chain and $172 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Ford Explorer outsold the Hyundai Palisade by almost three to one during the 2021 model year.

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