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2015 Hyundai Tucson Review

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson’s upscale interior, smooth handling, and perfect reliability rating help it rank near the top of the compact SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Intuitive navigation system
  • Stylish cabin
  • Cramped rear seats and cargo area
  • Lackluster base engine

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Hyundai Tucson has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 48 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 8.4
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2015 Hyundai Tucson Overview

Is the 2015 Hyundai Tucson a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson is a good compact SUV. It boasts refined handling and drives more like a small car than an SUV, with a suspension that still manages to smooth out most bumps in the road. This vehicle also has a stylish, well-built cabin lined with quality materials, as well as low total ownership costs and an outstanding reliability rating. This Hyundai isn't perfect, however. It has cramped rear seats, less cargo space than many rivals, and a weak base engine. Despite those negatives, there’s a lot to like about the 2015 Tucson.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Hyundai Tucson review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 48 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Hyundai Tucson?

Based on more than 670 listings on our site, the 2015 Hyundai Tucson has an average list price of $16,500. You can expect to pay between $12,700 and $20,000 for this compact SUV. Pricing varies based on mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Cost to Own?

Expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs on the 2015 Tucson are estimated to be around $22,950 over five years, or about $4,590 per year. That’s below average for the class. For example, those same costs are estimated to be around $3,000 higher over five years for the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Tucson?

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson is significantly different from the 2015 model. The 2019 has more passenger and cargo space, as well as a longer list of safety and tech features, including pedestrian detection, a surround-view parking camera, and wireless device charging. Compared to the older model, a new Tucson has fresher exterior and interior styling. It also offers updated tech features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. However, pricing for a new Tucson starts just over $23,000. If that’s in your budget, go with the 2019.

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In terms of price, no new compact SUVs can compete with a used 2015 Tucson. However, there are a few new subcompact SUVs with starting prices near the upper end of the Tucson’s price range.

Starting around $20,000, the Hyundai Kona is an all-new SUV for the 2018 model year. It comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which are unavailable in the 2015 Tucson. The 2019 Kona gains an optional all-electric powertrain and several standard safety features, including forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and a driver-attention monitor.

However, the Kona has an even weaker base engine and less overall space than the 2015 Tucson, and you’d have to spend more for additional tech features. In terms of getting the most bang for your buck, you’re probably better off getting a fully equipped 2015 Tucson.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Tucson Is Best?

For the Tucson crossover SUV, the 2015 model year marked the end of a generation that began with the 2010 Tucson. Hyundai redesigned the Tucson for 2016, adding more passengers and cargo room, and newly available safety features such as rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot monitoring. The 2016 Tucson also has an updated infotainment system and refreshed exterior and interior styling. Hyundai introduced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration as options for the 2017 Tucson, and no major changes were made for the 2018 Tucson.

While the 2016 model likely costs a little more, the benefits of the redesign are worthwhile for most shoppers. Older models are still worth considering, but you’ll want to shop for 2015 or 2014 Tucson models. For 2014, the Tucson gained standard Bluetooth, a retuned suspension, refreshed exterior styling, and an all-wheel-drive option for the base model.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Hyundai Tucson?

The 2015 Tucson has a perfect reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Hyundai Tucson Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2015 Tucson.

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Which Used Hyundai Tucson Model Is Right for Me?

Hyundai offered the 2015 Tucson in three trim levels: GLS, SE, and Limited. The base GLS features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 164 horsepower. It also comes with remote keyless entry, air conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a six-speaker stereo, an auxiliary input jack, a USB port, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. The Tucson’s steering wheel has audio, phone, and cruise controls in all models.

The midlevel SE trim should satisfy most shoppers. It has a larger 2.4-liter engine that puts out 182 horsepower, heated seats up front, and fog lights. It also features a power-adjustable driver’s seat, synthetic leather upholstery, and a 4.3-inch touch screen with a rearview camera. When this SUV was new, that last set of features was available in the base model as part of the Popular Equipment package.

The Tucson Limited has proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, larger alloy wheels, and the Blue Link telematics system. You might also find a Limited model with a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, a seven-speaker premium sound system, and a panoramic sunroof.

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What Does Hyundai's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Hyundai offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as the remainder of the five-year/60,000-mile comprehensive warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 173-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and rental car reimbursement may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

Hyundai has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers, according to our analysis. Only Kia, Buick, Mitsubishi, and Smart have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Tucson?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Tucson the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. However, it received the lowest possible score of Poor in the small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety gave this vehicle five out of five stars in the side crash test and four stars in frontal crash and rollover tests, for a four-star overall rating.

There are no standard safety features in the 2015 Tucson, but a rearview camera is available. Most rival SUVs offer more driver assistance technologies.

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2015 Hyundai Tucson Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Tucson or 2015 Mazda CX-5?

The 2015 Mazda CX-5 has some of the best driving dynamics in the compact SUV class, with precise steering and excellent cornering agility. Although its seats can feel stiff at times, the ride is comfortable. The Mazda CX-5 has higher safety scores, better fuel economy, and more cargo room than the Tucson. However, the 2015 CX-5 has a higher average price by about $1,000, and it can’t match the Tucson’s perfect reliability rating. If you want exciting performance or more available safety features, go with the CX-5. Otherwise, the Tucson is a fine pick.

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Tucson or 2015 Kia Sportage?

The 2015 Kia Sportage is another good vehicle, offering one of most potent turbocharged engines in the class and excellent safety scores. In most other respects, though, the Tucson is a better SUV. It has a higher reliability rating, roomier rear seats, a smoother ride, slightly better fuel economy estimates, and lower ownership costs. The Hyundai is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Hyundai Tucson or 2015 Toyota RAV4?

Although the 2015 Toyota RAV4 has a spacious interior and tons of room for cargo, the Tucson is a superior SUV overall. It has a higher reliability rating, lower ownership costs, easier-to-use technology, and a stronger engine with quicker acceleration. The Toyota only has one engine, which can’t match the Tucson’s power. Unless you need the extra space, go for the Hyundai.

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2015 Tucson Performance

How Does the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Drive?

The 2015 Tucson comes equipped with one of two powertrains. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 164 horsepower. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard in the SE and Limited trims. It makes 182 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, which executes smooth shifts.

The base engine is okay for daily jaunts around town, but it feels underpowered, especially when accelerating from a stop or merging on the highway. The larger engine is a little better in this regard, though there are stronger engines in the class.

The Tucson crossover SUV draws praise for its carlike handling. Its tight turning radius and sharp steering help inject a little fun into the daily drive, though its ride quality gets mixed reviews. Some say it remains comfortable over rough roads, while other say its firm suspension diminishes ride comfort.

Does the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine and front-wheel drive, this Hyundai gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (21/25 mpg with all-wheel drive). The 2.4-liter engine returns 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (20/25 mpg AWD). Those numbers are typical among compact SUVs.

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2015 Tucson Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Tucson Seat?

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson is a crossover SUV that seats up to five people on standard cloth upholstery. Synthetic and genuine leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, front heated seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available.

There’s plenty of space up front, but the back seats are a different story. The sloping roof cuts down on headroom, and small windows limit rear visibility. The interior is lined with attractive materials, even in the base GLS trim. However, some road noise permeates the cabin in all Tucson models.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Hyundai Tucson?

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats and a third upper tether for the rear middle seat. The whole setup is generally easy to use.

2015 Hyundai Tucson Features

Standard features include air conditioning, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack, and satellite radio. A rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a 4.3-inch touch screen, a larger 7-inch touch screen, navigation, and Hyundai’s BlueLink telematics system are available.

The physical knobs and buttons for controlling audio, climate, and entertainment settings are large and well-placed, making them easily accessible to the driver. The touch screen is responsive, and the navigation system is straightforward.

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2015 Hyundai Tucson Dimensions

Hyundai Tucson Cargo Space

This vehicle offers 25.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. Folding them down opens up 55.8 cubic feet of storage. Both figures are small for the class. The Tucson comes standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

2015 Tucson Length and Weight

The 2015 Tucson measures 14.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,232 to 3,439 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Built?

Hyundai manufactured the 2015 Tucson in South Korea.

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