2018 Hyundai Tucson Reliability - Consumer Reports
The Tucson is fundamentally a pleasant, well rounded small SUV but originally, neither powertrain did it justice, until spring 2018. Three powertrains are available: a lackluster 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic transmission; a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic; and a conventional 2.4-liter four-cylinder.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Tucson will be much more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2022 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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The 2018 Hyundai Tucson has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Hyundai Tucson owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"In stop and go traffic, frequently has a significant delay in selecting a gear. This is more noticeable when decelerating down to 5-10mph but not stopping and stepping on the gas again. There have been times where there is close to a 1 second delay in gear change that nearly resulted in a crash a few times"

Anonymous, WI (2018 Hyundai Tucson Value 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rough shifting

"When you step on the accelerator, the car hesitates and sometimes shudders."

Anonymous, TN (2018 Hyundai Tucson Limited 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It has a dual clutch transmission which causes a jerking motion at start up when going from first to second gear. This is no longer offered in the Tuscon."

Anonymous, (2018 Hyundai Tucson Limited 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission computer

"The car hesitates very badly when taking off from dead stop. additionally, transmission shifts hard."

Anonymous, TN (2018 Hyundai Tucson Value 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Android Auto

"Works most of the time. However phone disconnects intermittently."

Eric M., WI (2018 Hyundai Tucson Limited 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Didn't connect properly"

Anonymous, OH (2018 Hyundai Tucson SEL 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

Interior lights

"Entry door light on passenger side door required a new battery"

Anonymous, (2018 Hyundai Tucson Limited 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Interior header fabric became stained and the stain continued to grow. Hyundai took car in and removed and replaced the entire interior header no charge. My particular dealer does not have a loaner car program so it made it difficult. Otherwise I'm very happy with their response."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Hyundai Tucson SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Rust

"Hyundai has a paint problem. My wife has had 3 Hyundai vehicles and they have all rusted within a year of purchase. They develop little rust spots everywhere, but specifically around the windows and trim where water drips."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Hyundai Tucson SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Engine Minor

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

Brakes

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

Exhaust

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

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Sep 04, 2020
An engine compartment fire can increase the risk of injury or crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) recalled certain 2019-2021 Tucson vehicles on September 4, 2020. On December 30, 2020, Hyundai expanded the recall population, and added certain 2016-2018 Tucson vehicles. The Anti-lock Brake Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) could corrode internally and cause an electrical short, possibly resulting in an engine compartment fire.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the HECU fuse. For 2019-2021 model years, the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) software will also be updated. Recall repairs will be performed free of charge. Owners are advised to park outside and away from structures as a precaution until the recall repair is complete. The recall began November 2, 2020. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 195.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V543000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 652024
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