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The latest Hyundai Tucson provides plenty of value at a reasonable price. However, it starts at nearly $27,000. For shoppers on a tighter budget, used models can still be dependable. Below are three affordable, reliable Hyundai Tucson years under $10,000.

Note: Regardless of a model’s reliability score, always obtain a vehicle history report and have a trusted mechanic perform an inspection to uncover potential problems before purchasing a used car. Also, prices may vary depending on trim level, mileage, overall condition, and location.

2013 Tucson

The cheapest option on this list is the 2013 Hyundai Tucson, whose average used price ranges from $8,537 to $11,834. It earned a reliability score of 77 out of 100 from J.D. Power. The market research firm considers that rating average, although it’s on the high side of the range.  

In addition, it has user-friendly tech features, including an integrated Bluetooth hands-free phone system and an intuitive infotainment touchscreen. Other standard amenities in the 2013 Tucson are keyless entry, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, and a USB port. Some used models also might have keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof. 

Because this model is 10 years old, don’t expect advanced driver-assistance systems. Safety features include a rearview camera, six-standard airbags in the front for front and side impacts, and side-curtain airbags extending to the rear seats with roll-over sensors. 

Owners find the 2013 Tucson an excellent no-frills car for daily driving. It easily navigates tight spots and provides a comfortable ride. However, the top driver complaints involve ride smoothness, acceleration, and rear visibility.

2014 Hyundai Tucson 

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson has a higher reliability score of 82, which J.D. Power considers “great.” This model may not be the best compact SUV, but its dependability and low price range of $9,606 to 13,233 make it attractive. 

The 2014 Tucson is powerful yet fuel efficient. Drivers can enjoy more control thanks to the six-speed automatic transmission. Some easy-to-use tech features include the integrated Bluetooth hands-free phone system, touchscreen navigation system with a 4.3-inch or 7.0-inch screen, and rearview cameras. The screens have sharp graphics and intuitive controls. The safety features are the same as the previous model year, with standard airbags for front and side impacts, curtain airbags, and roll-over sensors. 

The top three aspects drivers like about the 2014 Tucson are its voice recognition, Bluetooth, driver’s seat comfort, and styling of the gauges and instruments. However, drivers don’t appreciate the lack of ease in entering or exiting the vehicle, handling in curves, and coordination of interior colors and textures. 

2015 Hyundai Tucson 

The highest reliability score on this list goes to the 2015 Hyundai Tucson, with an 86 from J.D. Power. That level of reliability in a used car is hard to beat. Finding a 2015 model under $10,000 might be challenging, but it’s still worth considering. The average price range is $10,524 to $14,900.

Standard features in the 2015 Tucson include remote keyless entry, cruise control, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. Also, some trims have a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, and push-button start. The control knobs and buttons are well-placed and large enough to make them easily accessible. And the touchscreens are large and responsive. 

The top three things drivers like about the 2015 Tucson are the comfortable second-row seats, voice recognition, Bluetooth, and the styling of the gauges and instruments. Areas for improvement include the ease of entering and exiting the vehicle, forward visibility, and handling in curves.


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