Consumer Reports Recommends Avoiding the 2015 Hyundai Tucson

Nobody wants to buy a vehicle and then find out it has issues. To avoid that scenario, steer clear of the 2015 Hyundai Tucson. This SUV recently landed on Consumer Reports’ list of used cars to avoid. Here’s what’s wrong with this Tucson and what you should buy instead.

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson ranks among these used cars to avoid

Consumer Reports calls out 108 models on its list of used vehicles to avoid buying. All were produced in the past 10 years and scored below-average in reliability. CR based its ratings on owner surveys.

The problematic 2015 Hyundai Tucson, along with the 2016 and 2017 models, appears on this list. The 2015 Tucson got poor ratings from Consumer Reports in reliability and owner satisfaction, earning only 1 out of 5 in both categories.

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson’s problems

The 2015 model year marked the final one for the second-generation Hyundai Tucson, which arrived in 2010, Consumer Reports says. This Tucson’s one engine option is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Though it accelerates well, CR found it’s “noisy and unpleasant when pushed.” The cabin also seems a bit noisy. Handling is responsive, but it has a “stiff” ride.

The interior also has a lot of hard plastics. However, the controls are user-friendly. The 2015 Tucson doesn’t offer as much cargo space as other generations, and rear visibility isn’t good. The second-generation model scored better in crash tests than the first generation, but Consumer Reports mentions the 2015 Tucson “did poorly in the IIHS narrow offset crash test.”

Multiple factors explain why the 2015 Tucson poor reliability ratings. Consumer Reports found numerous problems in multiple areas, including the engine, drive system, fuel system, electric system, climate system, brakes, body integrity, and power equipment. Used 2015 Tucson models go for about $11,325 to $14,550.

Better used SUVs to buy

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Luckily, Consumer Reports also recommends good used SUVs to consider. Sticking with the same price range and small-SUV segment, CR recommends 2012 and 2014 Toyota RAV4 models first and 2013 to 2015 Mazda CX-5 models second.

Consumer Reports likes that the Toyota RAV4 offers two engine options: a four-cylinder and a six-cylinder. Both get good gas mileage. The RAV4 also has good handling and provides plenty of space in the rear seats. However, the cabin can be a bit noisy. The RAV4’s reliability ratings are 4 out of 5 for 2012 and 2013 and 5 out of 5 for 2014. Owner satisfaction is 3 out of 5 for all three years.

The Mazda CX-5 offers agile handling, but the ride is a little “choppy,” Consumer Reports says. The 2014 model swapped out the previous 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. 2014 and 2015 models performed better on Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap crash tests than earlier model years. Reliability ratings for the CX-5 are 4 out of 5 for 2013 and 5 out of 5 for 2014 and 2015. Owner satisfaction is also 3 out of 5 for all three years.

CR’s second tier of good choices also includes the 2015 Chevy Equinox and the 2015 Subaru Forester.

There are many compact and small SUVs to choose from these days, so it can be overwhelming to decide which one is the best used option. But skip the 2015 Hyundai Tucson based on Consumer Reports’ recommendation. Check out the 2012 to 2014 Toyota RAV4 or the 2013 to 2015 Mazda CX-5 instead.