The Tucson is a practical and affordable vehicle, with a roomy interior, as well as very good fit and finish. The ride is comfortable, but handling is not agile. Standard electronic stability control (ESC) and curtain airbags are notable safety features. Fuel economy was an unimpressive 18 mpg overall.
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"I love the power in the hills of the V6 engine"

Barbara C., WV (2005 Hyundai Tucson)

"It accelerates great but the steering is not as good as some other SUVs I have driven. It's just ok."

M N., WA (2005 Hyundai Tucson)

"it is sluggish off the start. once it gets going, it is fine. it handles very well."

Gerald S., TX (2005 Hyundai Tucson)

"First week of using new car while on vacation, a driver coming from the opposite direction dropped cell phone and was trying to retrieve it and was the first vehicle with ESC that we owned. Husband swerved right then left and right and on coming car missed us and hit head on to the car in back of us. We never tipped over or experienced the feeling of doing so. Which had sold us on buying our next car a Hyundai also."

DALE C., CT (2005 Hyundai Tucson)

"Handles well in normal driving conditions. Acceleration is GREAT, even uphill."

Anonymous, WA (2005 Hyundai Tucson)

"Drives very comfortable, has good response with the wheel, braking is good. Acceleration is acceptable."

RALPH F., OR (2005 Hyundai Tucson)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"I like the height in the set when I am driving"

KATHLEEN C., IN (2005 Hyundai Tucson)

"Comfort. Ease of entry/exit. Seats are very comfortable and driver is well supported."

Anonymous, WA (2005 Hyundai Tucson)

"The thing I hate about the Elantra is the small tiires. Bring back the regular size tire,Hyundia."

Anonymous, MO (2005 Hyundai Tucson)

"Noise level, especially in the back seats is very high. Climate control knob was replaced at my cost a little over a year ago, because they couldn't figure out why car wasn't always cooling. It didn't help."

KAREN W., AZ (2005 Hyundai Tucson)

"The vehicle is not very comfortable to ride in on long trips. The road noise is very loud and you can't talk on the phone (passenger) while riding."

KATHY N., TX (2005 Hyundai Tucson)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Flatten down passenger seat along with back pass. seats is a bonus for hauling volume, along with general larger interior space. Additionally rear window opens. All of this NOT on 2010 Tucson."

John A., FL (2005 Hyundai Tucson)

"Mechanically this has been the most dependable vehicle I have ever owned. 12 years and going strong. 10 year warranty is very reassuring."

Denise J., FL (2005 Hyundai Tucson)

"I am disappointed in the gas milage"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Hyundai Tucson)

"Car was free to us, works well, and allows us to move larger items."

Anonymous, MN (2005 Hyundai Tucson)

"I have had no problems with any systems on this vehicle."

DOREEN S., FL (2005 Hyundai Tucson)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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