Thursday, November 26, 2020
News The Hyundai Palisade Smells Bad Inside And No One Knows Why

The Hyundai Palisade Smells Bad Inside And No One Knows Why

Many all-new Hyundai Palisade owners have complained of a foul smell onboard which seems to be related to the leather seats.


  • After a few weeks and a few hundred miles, an odor develops in the cabin that is very unpleasant.

  • The problem is widespread and has been reported by many owners.

  • Hyundai is aware of the issue but doesn’t yet have a fix.


This is not the type of issue anyone wants to face or smell after spending upwards of $40,000 on an all-new Hyundai Palisade, especially if one had to wait as demand matches or exceeds supply. The issue is an odor that some have described as “old worn socks” or “garlic breath”.

2021 Hyundai Palisade | Photo: Hyundai

Numerous all-new Hyundai Palisade owners have complained about the odor which sets in fairly quickly after taking delivery. According to thedrive.com, some owners have attempted to address the odor themselves with various products while others returned to their dealership for a solution.

The problem, with the problem, is that Hyundai is aware of what’s happening however they have yet to come up with a fix. The common denominator with the smell issue seems to be the Nappa leather seats as models with cloth seats seem immune to the foul stench. Some owners with the issue are pointing the finger at the headrests while others think it’s from the seatback.

2021 Hyundai Palisade | Photo: Hyundai

In a statement to The Drive, Hyundai said: “We are aware of the concern and are currently in the midst of the investigation, which includes identifying and validating a fix. Once a repair method is confirmed effective a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) will be released to provide direction to our dealer body on how to resolve the concern.”

2021 Hyundai Palisade | Photo: Hyundai

2021 Hyundai Palisade | Photo: Hyundai

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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