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2015 Hyundai Tucson

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2015 Hyundai Tucson Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.3

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson compact crossover SUV gives established players like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape a solid run for their money in style, technology and fuel economy. Available in front- and all-wheel drive (FWD, AWD), its sharp good looks remain modern and fresh, despite the Tucson's many years on the market. Inside there are plenty of high-tech features and a long list of standard equipment at an impressively competitive price, and with Hyundai's industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile warranty. This year, Hyundai introduces the Tucson FCEV zero-emissions vehicle to limited markets. This electric version doesn't use batteries to store electricity, but is instead refueled with hydrogen to power the fuel cells. The result is EV driving, with only water vapor dripping from the tailpipe.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a sense of style to go with your compact crossover SUV, then the 2015 Hyundai Tucson definitely should be on your shopping list. Nicely equipped and affordable, there's also the undeniable nerd appeal of the available fuel-cell model for Southern California buyers.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you plan on hauling cargo with your compact SUV, or if you think your ride should be open and airy-feeling, then the Tucson may not be the best bet. Instead, check out the Subaru Forester, which also gets better gas mileage, or the Honda CR-V for cargo hauling.

What's New for 2015

For 2015 the Hyundai Tucson GLS gets a new popular equipment package, while Limited models get standard LED taillights. Southern California buyers can lease a Tucson FCEV for $499 per month, with unlimited free hydrogen refueling and free maintenance.

Driving the Tucson
Driving Impressions

The 2015 Tucson offers surprisingly responsive handling, with its firm suspension making it fun to drive on all kinds of roads, although some might find it too firm for day-to-day...

... driving. The small size also makes it easy to maneuver in tight parking lots or in city traffic, although you'll want to double-check those huge blind spots before changing lanes. Both 4-cylinder engines tend to be noisy, and we'd skip the base 2.0-liter 4-cylinder for the more powerful 2.4-liter engine so that there's at least competitive acceleration to go with the din. We found the Tucson's 6-speed automatic shifted smoothly and was fairly responsive to manual input. The fuel-cell-powered Tucson FCEV is an electric car that stores its energy in hydrogen instead of batteries, making refueling almost as simple as pumping gas. It drives a lot like other EVs, with lots of low-end torque off the line.

VALUE FOR THE MONEY
The 2015 Hyundai Tucson continues to be a very good value compared to many of its competitors, offering a nicely equipped vehicle right out of the box, with a warranty that's virtually unmatched.

EXPRESSIVE DESIGN
Even though it's been on sale since the 2010 model year, we still think the Hyundai Tucson is one of the best-looking cars in its class.

2015 Hyundai Tucson Details
2015 Hyundai Tucson photo Interior

The Hyundai Tucson offers wide doors and a low floor, making it easy for its five passengers to get in and out. Once inside, the nicely textured and designed interior panels are easy on the eyes, even if they are mostly hard plastic. All the interior's controls are easy to reach and use, and the upscale feel of the beveled window switches is especially nice. The nicely shaped driver's seat is almost as supportive as it looks, but despite the reclining seatbacks, rear-seat passengers might find the low seat cushion height, sloping roof and small windows claustrophobic.

Exterior
2015 Hyundai Tucson photo

Despite its utility mission, the 2015 Hyundai Tucson is anything but boxy. Its styling looks downright European, with a sculpted hood, aggressive 2-tier grille and wraparound headlights. From the side, the vehicle's aerodynamic shape includes a steeply raked windshield and sloping roofline with rear spoiler. On SE and Limited models, the silver roof rails do double duty: They help accentuate the flowing lines of the vehicle and also carry cargo. This year, Limited models get standard LED taillights.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2015 Hyundai Tucson GLS comes standard with air conditioning, keyless entry, Bluetooth, USB, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise-control buttons, 17-inch wheels, three 12-volt outlets...and the weak-kneed 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. We prefer the mid-level SE, which offers the larger 2.4-liter engine, plus roof rails, heated front seats, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, fog lights, a rearview camera, and a power driver's seat. The top-of-the-line Limited adds leather seats, Blue Link, proximity key with push-button start, and automatic dual temperature controls. All Tucsons come with safety equipment that includes downhill brake control and hill-start assist.

Optional Equipment

There aren't many stand-alone options on the Hyundai Tucson, with Hyundai preferring to divide its upscale equipment into different trim levels. A Technology Package on Limited models adds a panoramic sunroof, navigation system and upgraded audio system, while a new Popular Equipment Package dresses up the base GLS with a rearview camera, power driver's seat and Leatherette on the seat bolsters. Although all-wheel drive is available across the range, it's meant to improve foul-weather traction. The Tucson is no off-roader.

Under the Hood

The base Hyundai Tucson GLS comes with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that, to be honest, isn't really up to pulling this compact SUV around. A better bet is stepping up to the SE or Limited, both of which come with a more powerful 2.4-liter 4-cylinder. Both engines benefit from advanced fuel-injection technology, which improves horsepower and fuel economy, and the 2.4-liter engine can be ordered as a PZEV or Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle, but it comes with a slight reduction in horsepower and torque. A 6-speed automatic is standard on all models, and all Tucsons can be equipped with a part-time all-wheel-drive system.

2.0-liter inline-4
164 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
151 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/29 mpg (FWD), 21/25 mpg (AWD)

2.4-liter inline-4
182 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
180 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (PZEV)
177 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
176 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (PZEV)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28 mpg (FWD), 20/25 mpg (AWD)

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2015 Hyundai Tucson Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 141 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    7.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Easy to get around

By on Friday, May 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I wanted this car because it was smaller than an SUV and very easy to maneuver. I have leather interior and it looks sharp. Haven't had a days trouble and I bought it new. The only complaint is since it is smaller the person riding in the back seat feels more bumps because the seats sit near the wheels. I do love this car!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I love this car!

By on Friday, February 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Safe, affordable, great warranty, fun to drive"

Cons: "bad tires, need to rely on mirrors to see well"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This has been a wonderful car for me. I haven't had any major mechanical problems in the 5 years that I have owned it and I've put approx 77,000 miles on it. The warranty can't be beat! I'm out of warranty now, but it was nice to know that anything that did go wrong with it would be repaired free of charge by Hyundai. I did not like the original tires and was glad when they wore out enough to replace them. I appreciate the acceleration and the handling. There are some blind spots, but those are easily overcome by using your mirrors properly. My car was in an accident last week. Some yahoo in a giant Ford F150 turned right into the car. The car was totaled but I walked away without even a tight back/neck. I am so grateful! I am looking for a used Tucson to replace the one that just got smashed. I love the car that much!"

19 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Not a dependable vehicle

By on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Pretty"

Cons: "POOR Quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This vehicle was ok in the beginning but then things started to go wrong. The first was just annoying and the dealer wouldn't fix it was the radio. It draws the power out now and it won't start in the mornings. It only has 75k on it, pretty disappointed a little issue can't be fixed easily. The other issue is the shocks are going out, really? You would think they would use better quality in their vehicle or at least provide better customer service. The quality of the vehicle is the last thing I want to mention because you realize the longer you own this vehicle the cheaper it is made."

29 people out of 37 found this review helpful

This car has the worse shocks. reported to dealer

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,500

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "THE ALL WHEEL DRIVE WAS GREAT"

Cons: "THEY NEED BETTER SHOCKS"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"As I reporded to the dealer which was a waste of time , They did nothing, I will never buy this kind of car again. (TUCSON)"

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Very unhappy with HYUNDAI TUCSON

By on Friday, November 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "NO POSITIVE COMMENTS"

Cons: "The cons are above in complete review area"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I have never disliked a car that I purchased until now. Because I wanted to pay cash the dealer advised me that if I financed the car they could get me a better deal. I paid cash anyway so I got a bad deal. The side view mirrors in this car has many blind spots especially when making a left turn on to a four Lane traffic two lanes going in the opposite directions you have to make a wide turn because you can not see the car in the left lane the mirror blocks it and if you have to lanes turning left you are going to be in the second car lane and then you can not see that car with the side mirror passenger side either way this vehicle is going to cause me to have a accident that is going to be my fault if I am not killed the light in the cargo area is so dim that at night you have to use a flash light to make sure you have gotten everything out. I bought this 2015 Tucson 7 months ago and trying to sale it with only 1200 miles on this car I am afraid to drive it. There are other things I do not like but I am sure there isn't enough space."

13 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever owned and I'm 70 years old.

By on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great value and you can't beat the ext warranty."

Cons: "Towing capacity."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The workmanship is fantastic. Fuel economy averages around 27mpg in ECONOMY mode (I've never used the REGULAR mode.). I bought this model because I did not want the sunroof, leather seats or navigation system. It is our "Sunday Driver" as we also own an older Chevy Cobalt that we use as a "Daily Driver"."

16 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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