2015 Hyundai Tucson

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Hyundai Tucson. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Stylish looks
  • Refined interior
  • Nimble handling
  • Strong acceleration

The Bad

  • Mediocre gas mileage
  • Small cargo area
  • Busy multimedia screens
  • Worrisome front crash-test ratings

Notable Features of the 2015 Hyundai Tucson

  • New hydrogen fuel cell version available to lease in California
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • Bluetooth connectivity standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

What Is the 2015 Hyundai Tucson?

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson is a five-seat compact SUV that competes with the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Subaru Forester. Trim levels include GLS, SE and Limited, all of which are available with front- or all-wheel drive.

What's New on the 2015 Hyundai Tucson?

The base GLS trim of the Tucson is newly available with a Popular Entertainment Package, which adds automatic headlights, an audio system with a 4.3-inch touchscreen, a backup camera and an eight-way power driver's seat. The Limited trim now has LED taillights.

How Does the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Compare to Other Compact SUVs?

The Tucson boasts a clean design with lots of appeal; it lacks the edginess of the Ford Escape and the tough looks of the Nissan Rogue, but will undoubtedly hit the styling sweet spot for some buyers.

The Tucson boasts the smooth ride of a larger vehicle, but unfortunately also has the fuel economy of one. It lags behind others in the compact SUV class, topping out at 23/28/25 mpg city/highway/combined with front-wheel drive. That's less than the Ford Escape (23/31/26 mpg), Nissan Rogue (26/32/28 mpg) and Toyota RAV4 (23/30/26 mpg).

The Tucson is also a vehicle that maximizes passenger room at the expense of cargo space. While its passenger room is more generous than that of its competitors, its maximum cargo capacity is just 55.8 cubic feet, significantly less than the Escape (67.8), RAV4 (73.4), and Rogue (70.0).

The most concerning point of comparison is the Tucson's crash-test scores. It earned a four-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and was rated "poor" in several categories by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which is likely to give potential buyers pause.

What Features in the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Are Most Important?

The 2015 Tucson comes standard with a 164-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. An available 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder also comes mated to the six-speed automatic. The Tucson comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is optional on all trims.

Significant standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, projector-beam headlights with LED accents, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, a CD audio system with MP3 and USB compatibility, cloth seats, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, air conditioning and cruise control. Significant available features include 18-inch wheels, fog lights, a panoramic moonroof, a navigation system with a 7-inch touchscreen, and proximity key with push-button start.

As is required in all new cars of this model year, every 2015 Tucson comes standard with an electronic stability system, front airbags and antilock brakes. The Tucson also comes with side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors, and side-impact airbags for the front seats. Optional safety features include a backup camera and active front head restraints.

Should I Buy the 2015 Hyundai Tucson?

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson is less expensive than most of its competitors, and while many of those competitors are a bit more feature-rich, the Tucson provides impressive bang for your buck in terms of its features and ride quality.

A more holistic consideration makes the Tucson less appealing. Its cargo capacity is small enough compared with its competitors to be noticeable during everyday use, and its fuel economy similarly leaves much to be desired. Perhaps the biggest concern about the Hyundai is its crash-test scores; it's reasonable to look elsewhere on that basis alone.

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2015 Hyundai Tucson Overview

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Vehicle Overview

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Enjoying my Tucson

by Snowbird from Chattanooga on August 16, 2018

I love the exterior design of this SUV. It drives well & gets decent gas mileage. I'm not thrilled with the seat design. The wings, which I know are designed to cradle you when seated, are a bit ... Read full review

(5.0)

Hyundai Tucson Review

by TomH from Sleepy Hollow on August 12, 2018

I really like the way this car drives. It has a lot of room and the amount of car was great for the price I paid. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Hyundai Tucson GLS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
marginal
Overall evaluation
poor
Retraints and dummy kinematics
poor
Structure and safety cage
poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
marginal
Restraints and dummy kinematics
poor
Small overlap front
poor
Structure and safety cage
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tucson received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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