2020 Hyundai Palisade Complaints, Issues And Problems

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 03/09/21 •  4 min read

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade has had its fair share of problems, despite being an all-rounder midsize SUV, that is cleverly designed and has many state-of-the art features. According to CarComplaints and the data received from the NHTSA, the 2020 Palisade has the following major problems:

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2020 Hyundai Palisade Problems:

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Vulnerable Windshield

More than 50 drivers have reported problems related to the 2020 Hyundai Palisade’s defective windshield. One driver “reportedly heard a popping sound as a pebble hit the crossover SUV’s windshield while he was driving at about 20mph”. While this shouldn’t be an issue normally, the windshield cracked and spread from a small spot to about half of the area spanning it. 

More than 50 drivers have reported problems related to the 2020 Hyundai Palisade’s defective windshield. One driver reportedly heard a popping sound as a pebble hit the crossover SUV’s windshield while they were driving at about 20mph.

While this shouldn’t be an issue normally, the windshield cracked and spread from a small spot to about half of the area spanning it. 

On hearing about these issues, one owner had the intention of installing exoshield to protect the windshield, but the screen suddenly shattered while it was being installed. 

Wind And Noise 

There have been plenty of problems reported with the 2020 Palisade’s dealing with wind noise. Some Hyundai Palisade owners have complained about wind noise, for which a mechanical issue may not be responsible.

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Owners report a whistling noise entering the cabin while driving at highway speeds. The source of the noise seems to be coming from the doors for the driver and front passenger. 

One driver observed that “the wind noise increases with acceleration, beginning at about 30 mph and getting louder”. But even at lower speeds, drivers have noticed a high-pitched whistling sound. 

On some 2020 Palisades, the wind noise even filled the cabin when the midsize SUV was parked. The cause of the wind noise hasn’t been discovered so fixing it is a long-shot. Hyundai has now stopped looking into this issue.

2020 Hyundai Palisade Electrical Problems
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2021 Hyundai Palisade | Hyundai

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade has also not been safe from electrical problems. An owner had infotainment failure after covering just 128 miles, after a bright flash was emitted; then the backup camera failed as well. 

Another Palisade owner “also had to face infotainment problems, due to the cold weather”. The crossover’s touchscreen stopped responding during the winter. Only using voice commands worked for the navigation system. This was automatically fixed when the temperatures increased in the spring.

One 2020 Palisade driver experienced similar problems, as the digital and analog speedometers, and the gas gauge all stopped working after getting 2,100 miles, until the vehicle was returned to normal after a reset to factory settings. 

Damaged Side Airbags

This problem was so severe that it has affected more than 11,000 2020 Palisade vehicles, leading to a recall. The problem stemmed from the mounting bolts used to secure the side curtain airbags potentially damaging them during deployment. The damaged side curtain airbags will not be able to inflate properly when needed in a crash, which can be fatal or at least injurious.

Miscellaneous Problems

Apart from the major ones stated above, there are other problems with the 2020 Palisade. One is the report of an unknown smell in the cabin, which didn’t disappear even after running a dehumidifier, and putting baking soda.

Another issue reported is the HVAC screen being scratched due to it being cheaply made. Two users reported transmission problems in their 2020 Palisades, which were tugging and hard shifting, respectively.

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.