Is Buying a Used 2017 Hyundai Tucson a Smart Choice?

Since 2014, the Hyundai Tucson has become the best-selling Hyundai SUV globally, with over seven million units sold, mainly due to its high reliability, performance, and sophisticated design. As a crossover SUV, it offers the better fuel economy of a sedan and both the cargo space and AWD capacity that people look for in an SUV. Not all model years are created equal, so let’s see if the 2017 Hyundai Tucson is a smart choice.

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson has plenty of room

Whether taking your kid and their friends to the movies or taking yourself and all your camping and biking gear to the nearest bike trail, there’s plenty of room for what you need. The used Hyundai SUV is ready for action with total seats and a maximum cargo capacity of 61.9 cubic feet (31.0 cubic feet with all seats in place).

It also has four inline cylinders, front-wheel drive, and a 6-speed shiftable automatic. A shiftable automatic is a transmission that has a feature that allows the driver to actively switch between a driver-controlled shift mode or a fully automatic shift mode.

What are the trim levels on a used Tucson?

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson came with seven trims, each with two styles. The trims include:

  • Eco
  • Limited
  • SE
  • SE Plus
  • Sport
  • Value

The Eco trim had an Eco AWD and an Eco FWD, roughly the same price and combined mpg (27 and 28, respectively). Other than the AWD/FWD, the Eco styles are the same. The Eco trim comes with mirror-mounted turn signal indicators, 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, floor console-mounted rear vents, and a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine for better fuel economy.

The SE trim is the base trim, which comes with a standard rearview camera, a hands-free phone system, stain and odor-resistant cloth surfaces, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, daytime running lights, and other safety features.

How many miles does a 2017 Hyundai Tucson last?

This used Hyundai vehicle can last up to 200,000 miles as long as it’s cared for and receives regular maintenance. If you only drive it 12,000 miles yearly, you can expect it to last 16.5 years. If you drive it 15,000 miles in a year, it drops to 13.5 years. If you drive 20,000 miles in a year, you can expect it to last 10 years before it breaks down or needs extensive repairs.

Front view of a 2017 Hyundai Tucson on display
2017 Hyundai Tucson | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

What are the most common problems with the 2017 Hyundai Tucson?

Per CarComplaints, the most common problems that the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) noticed were engine problems. The most common complaint in that category was the vehicle hesitating at acceleration. The second most common complaint received about this used Tucson is electrical problems, with the most common complaint being a locked ignition. 

The most common problem not listed by the NHTSA included transmission problems. The highest complaint in that category was hesitating when starting from a stop.

Is the 2017 Hyundai Tucson a used SUV worth buying?

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson received high scores in terms of safety from both the IIHS and the NHTSA, and has a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 from J.D. Power. Despite the known issues associated with the 2017 model, and that the 2017 model is considered one of the worst model years for the Hyundai Tucson, it could be worth buying.

However, it’s always best to have the vehicle checked and inspected before purchase to ensure that it’s free from potential problems, so you don’t experience any of the known issues. If it does, there are many other cars out there.

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