The Tucson handles responsively and securely. Its civilized powertrain yields good fuel economy. The Hyundai also has a reasonably spacious and well-trimmed interior with easy-to-use controls. However, a stiff ride and pronounced road noise take away from the driving experience. Further, the swoopy styling robs cargo space and inhibits the view to the rear.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard. FCW and AEB standard from 2019.
Road Test

The Tucson handles responsively and securely. Its civilized powertrain yields good fuel economy. The Hyundai also has a reasonably spacious and well-trimmed interior with easy-to-use controls. However, a stiff ride and pronounced road noise take away from the driving experience. Further, the swoopy styling robs cargo space and inhibits the view to the rear.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD, Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (165 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (176 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Hyundai Tucson owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

"Does not load"

Warren L., NC (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The AV screen sometimes just freezes with the initial Hyundai logo on it. It will last for several minutes and usually resolves itself."

Anonymous, (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Does not load"

Warren L., NC (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Built in USB connector does not work at all. Cannot read iPhone, which dramatically limits my ability to play music, charge phone (without lighter-socket USB connector)."

Brian W., FL (2013 Hyundai Tucson GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Done not keep contact, always need to reloaded them. Have to turn on the Bluetooth with the control knob. Many time it will not connect with the phone, I have to stop vehicle and pair the phone again"

Terry M., MN (2013 Hyundai Tucson GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone bluetooth is sporadic, sometimes works, sometimes not"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Hyundai Tucson GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to continually re-pair the phone to the car"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited)

"There is a compatibility issue with my new Samsung galaxy S6 phone. I can pair my phone with my car, but the next time I start the car it will not connect automatically. I will have to go through the pairing process again"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Looses radio stations very quickly, has a short range, 25 miles or so"

Terry M., MN (2013 Hyundai Tucson GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The range of the radio is small. Local stations start to fad after 30 miles out of city."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Hyundai Tucson GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"Sound just stopped in my car. Couldn't hear radio, Sirius XM or audiobooks or phone. Found solution online and reset audio system with paperclip."

Anonymous, (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"Cruise control set switch on steering wheel intermittently not working"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Poor name recognition/ voice speaker/receiver for phone calls is very poor- raspy, and unsatisfactory"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"Using the 12v power plug for an extended trip (in excess of 4 hours) would cause the radio, and cruise control to malfunction. The only way to reset was to disconnect 12 V power plug for an hour or more and then radio and cruise control function would return. This occurs only on long trips of more than 4 hours. Dealership could not find any reason for the malfunctions."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Tucson GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"the steering wheel switch is very flimsy and you have to jiggle the buttons and after some time, the cruise control holds"

Michael H., BC (2013 Hyundai Tucson GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Setting the cruise control has been a problem every since we purchased this vehicle. It takes a lot of trying before it sets. Sometimes it want set. Will not take to dealership because the last 2 times I took it to have oil change, the battery came up dead the next morning and had to get wrecker to take back to shop ,had too buy new battery. Then the second time, next morning transmission would not shift,called wrecker again back to shop for repair. I refuse to take back to the dealership again, because something's working just find until it leaves there shop.this is a Hyundai dealership in LONGVIEW TX."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Fog light has a heat shield that came off, not covered by warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

"Very weak, even cars in the next lane can't hear it"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"safety belt caused dent in drivers door near sensor and the interior lights would not go out and on two occasions, drained the battery"

Michael H., BC (2013 Hyundai Tucson GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"some times the delayed lights out, don't work and drains the battery"

Michael H., BC (2013 Hyundai Tucson GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"The battery would completely drain so I was unable to start the car. This occurred several times, including after I had a new battery installed. Also, I would receive a message on the navigation screen regarding nattery being low (don't remember exact verbiage); but Would receive this when car had already died. I don't run accessories without the car being fully turned on. Took 4 visits at 2 dealerships to get it fixed, the 2nd dealership found two problems, both covered under warranty. As"

Kimberly G., MI (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited)
Tire pressure monitor

"To sensitive to weather changes"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"does not work at all"

Jim K., FL (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Main disc wear on front wheels, cost of change and repair ~C$800"

Dmitriy S., ON (2013 Hyundai Tucson)
Premature brake wear

"Apparently excessive braking going downhill caused wear of brake pads necessitating replacement of pads and cutting rotors"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to change pads and discs after only year and half since the last time"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"OEM brakes (front and back) needed replacing at 50,000 miles. Mechanic said rear brakes should last 2x front brakes. I saw pads and all needed replacing. _ Other: Built-in USB connector does not work at all."

Brian W., FL (2013 Hyundai Tucson GL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have never had a car go thru brake pad like this car does, the brake pads need replaced less than 12 months, I am luck sometimes if they last 8 or 9 months sometimes, and there is no sensor that tells me that they brakes are getting low either, so I only know the brakes need replaced when they start digging into the rotors. And with me being an Unemployed, Disabled Veteran, I don't always have the money to get a brake job done when that starts happening"

Anonymous, IA (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Rotors needed to be replaced at 29000 km"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"front rotors needed replacing at 44,000 miles. The care wasn't driven especially hard, so it seemed awfully soon to need new pads and rotors."

Richard D., NH (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Sounds like brakes"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"as soon as there is wetness they squeal like a 12 yr old girl at a Justin Bieber concert"

Jeff S., SK (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint chipping"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Hyundai Tucson GL 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A small rock ding goes right through to the metal"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited)

"clear coat is peeling off numerous areas on the car"

Karen L., MD (2013 Hyundai Tucson)

"The clear coat on the top of the rear hatch is peeling off. This is a plastic piece. Clear coat on the rest of the car (all metal parts) is still perfiect."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat is peeling off various areas on the car. This, we have been told by the Hyundai Dealer, is not covered by the Hyundai warranty"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS Unsure)

"Hyundai is using new type of nontoxic paint that is very thin and chips easy"

Anonymous, (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"System replaced"

Winston S., TX (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower motor failed and replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"System replaced"

Winston S., TX (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Blowing warm instead of cold. System was almost 1 pound low of freon. Had system serviced and freon added"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak caused A/C to stop working. Dealer could not find leak. Recharged system. Charged $200 for recharge claiming warranty did not cover because they could find no leak"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"system found to be over 1 lb low on freon. System recharged and dye used to detect future leak. One year later and system is still blowing cold."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"the vehicle would creep forward when in neutral and had some hard shifting. When i went thru a car wash, with the vehicle in neutral, it moved forward and hit another car (no damage)"

Karen S., CT (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited)

"rough shifting and car would move forward in neutral. caused minor accident in car wash"

Michael S., CT (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It started late in 2018 and continued into 2019. The transmission started acting up and the engine was not driving smoothly. It started very infrequently but got worse over time. Something in the transmission was breaking down but we discovered it too late to be fixed. Two repair shops said it might never have been fixable, but because we didn't know what it was and drove it for months as it got worse it definitely was not fixable. A rebuilt transmission seemed to be the best option to ensure a fix."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited Unsure)

"Significant tranny fluid leaking noticed at an oil change. Within warranty took to dealer and tranny was replaced under a recall. Some other issue as well yet related but cant remember name."

Anonymous, (2013 Hyundai Tucson Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Seat belts

"seat belt buckles get caught in door opening causing dents in the door edge exactly where the push button is located in the frame causing the interior lights to come on while driving and the door ajar indicator to light on the instument panel. Both front doors have this problem."

Karen L., MD (2013 Hyundai Tucson)

"Seat belt latch repeatedly gets caught between door and frame, at the exact location of the door close button, denting the frame. This causes the interior lights to come on intermittently while driving."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS Unsure)
Sunroof

"While driving on Interstate out of town, the sunroof suddenly imploded. We do not know if this was a manufacturing defect or if the breakage was caused by an object which hit it from the road or from a passing vehicle"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Only the front window works completely. None of the other windows will go up without directly using a button on the door"

Anonymous, (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"While on the highway, we hit a pot hole that damaged the tire and rim and required new tire, rim and a wheel aligment"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Looseness in steering and noise from front suspension"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise Replaced lower ball joints"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Was told about it when had a flat tire check. That retailer quoted 1500 to repair which sounded high. After doing some research, I called my Hyundai service department. I had found two other models of Hyundai with recalls for the same issue. They talked with Hyundai and they covered 90% of the cost. Elhart Hyundai in Holland Michigan is great!"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited Unsure)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"since buying the car (used) the AWD doesn't seem to work like it's supposed to. I have a code reader, and hooked it up, but nothing came up, but I took it to the Dealers anyway, and told them I did the code scanner on it, they did the same thing and just told me the same thing I told them, Nothing came up on the code. I have never had an AWD car that didn't work in the winter, like this car, I bought it in the hopes of traveling safely during the winter, but have had more problems, than I ever did with a front wheel drive. And I have never had a dealership not try to fix the problem that was doing on, so I will NEVER buy another Hyundai. I would get rid of it now, if I could, but I don't have the money to buy another car, because I am an Unemployed, Disabled Veteran. and I am still making payments on this car"

Anonymous, IA (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

"Auto repair tech showed transfer case had a gouge in it, probably caused by hitting a rock, which caused oil to leak out. Tucson design does NOT have a protective plate near transfer case. Also, I do not do off-roading, nor do I recall hitting anything"

John J., OR (2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Suspension warranty rear"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Hyundai Tucson 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear suspension bushings or struts noisy"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"When accelerating from 55 to 65 to pass a small truck. Engine stopped. Battery and alternater OK. Oil level OK. All required dealer maintances performed. Dealer says engine seized. Cause unknown without engine teardown. Hyundai refuses any assistance"

James D., NV (2013 Hyundai Tucson)

"Engine blew for no apparent reason. Because I got the oil changed basically on a regular basis. Sometime a little over the recommended mileage, but not that much over. And I ended up going without a car for over 4 months because the replacement engine had to come from Korea, then they got the wrong part, and had to wait for that to come in. The car is basically a decent car, but the service I got to get the car replaced and then me having to pay for the full cost of the car, even thought I had prove of have oil changes and other maintenance done several times a year. I do not think I will ever by an other foreign car again, from now on only buying CHEVROLET's because of the 5 car's I have ever owned, 3 were CHEVROLET's andnever had problems like this, and once of those cars had 2 blown engines, one happened like a week after getting the car back from being fixed for a blown engine. And they covered everything for the second blown engine, and part of the first blown engine. So CHEVROLET's service is way better than Hyundai's service"

Ronald R., IA (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"I took the Hyundai to a Hyundai dealer for a recall inspection and oil/filter change. After returning home I noticed oil spots on the garage floor. I am taking the car back to the dealer next week, so it is not fixed yet."

Anonymous, (2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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