2009 Hyundai Tucson Transmission Problems | Recalls | Reliability

Last Updated on November 6, 2023 by Robert Wilson

The 2009 Hyundai Tucson is very reliable. The Hyundai Tucson Limited provided excellent and dependable service as an SUV.

It offered ample storage and passenger space. Over eight years of ownership, it proved to be a reliable vehicle, with the only significant expense being a new set of tires.

The standard engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with continuously variable valve timing. In higher-level trims, you have the option of a 2.7-liter V-6 engine.

The four-wheel-drive system can transfer up to 50 percent of power to the rear wheels when needed, based on road conditions or torque requirements.

2009 Hyundai Tucson Transmission Problems

Slipping gears, strange noises, burning smell, rough shifting, overheating, low fluid & check engine light on are some of the common problems with 2009 Hyundai Tucson transmission.

2009 Tucson Highlights

Base MSRP$18,070
Engine TypeGas
Combined MPG22 MPG
Cost to Drive$198/month
Seating5 seats
Cargo CapacityAll Seats In Place22.7 cu.ft.
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive
Warranty5 years / 60,000 miles

Hyundai Tucson 2009 Fuel consumption

Hyundai Tucson ModelBody TypeFuel Consumption
City EliteSUV9.2L/100km
City SXSUV8L/100km
City SXSUV9.2L/100km

2009 Hyundai Tucson Pros & Cons


  • Stylish and practical interior
  • Impressive warranty
  • Abundance of standard features


  • Performance and fuel economy fall behind the majority of competitors.

2009 Hyundai Tucson Issues & Complaints

Complaints ##1:

Air Bag Incident Report

Component:AIR BAGS
NHTSA ID Number10324549
Incident DateJanuary 4, 2010
Consumer LocationCOLUMBUS, IN
Vehicle Identification NumberN/A

Summary of Complaint


Incident Description

The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Tucson. While driving at 41 MPH, another vehicle traveling at 52 MPH crossed over the center lane and crashed head-on with the contact’s vehicle; however, none of the airbags deployed. The contact was injured and taken to the hospital. A police report was filed. The vehicle was totaled. The contact had not called the manufacturer at the time of the complaint. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was approximately 4,000.

Complaints ##2:

Electrical System Complaint Report

NHTSA ID Number10359927
Incident DateOctober 9, 2010
Consumer LocationBROOKLINE, MA
Vehicle Identification NumberN/A

Summary of Complaint


Incident Description

The consumer owns a 2009 Hyundai Tucson. The horn operates most of the time but not always, and the issue may be temperature-related. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer five times, but they have been unable to find anything wrong. The consumer believes this is dangerous, especially if they need to use the horn. The dealer did change the clock spring, but the horn still fails to blow when activated on occasion, mostly when it is cold rather than warm.

Complaints ##3:

Visibility and Structure Complaint Report

NHTSA ID Number10265494
Incident DateApril 14, 2009
Consumer LocationMIDDLEFIELD, OH
Vehicle Identification NumberKM8JN12D69U****

Summary of Complaint


Incident Description

The consumer reports a leak in the filler necks of the Hyundai Tucson SE model they recently purchased. The dealer explained that this is how the windshield washer plastic container was designed. When the windshield washer fluid is filled to the top of the filler neck, it leaks onto the garage floor.

2009 Hyundai Tucson Recalls

Recall Information

NHTSA Campaign NumberManufacturerComponentsPotential Number of Units Affected
13V113000Hyundai Motor CompanyEXTERIOR LIGHTING1,712,336

Summary of Affected Vehicles

Vehicle Model YearsTotal Affected Units
2006-2009 AccentN/A
2007-2011 AzeraN/A
2007-2011 SonataN/A
2006-2011 TucsonN/A
2009-2011 Elantra TouringN/A
2007-2010 ElantraN/A
2008-2011 VeracruzN/A
2009-2011 GenesisN/A
2010-2011 Genesis CoupeN/A
2007-2008 EntourageN/A
2006-2008 TiburonN/A

Issue and Remedy

Stop lamp switch may malfunction, causing brake light issuesHyundai will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge.
Inability to disengage cruise control during brakingThe safety recall began on April 22, 2013.
Shifter may move out of Park without brake applicationContact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.
Unintentional car movementHyundai’s recall campaign number is 110.

Hyundai Tucson Problems by Year

Owner Reviews

An excellent car. It’s reached 80,000 miles with no issues, even in hot Arizona. It maintains an average of 22-25 MPG, which I consider good for a 2009 SUV. It’s comfortable for long road trips, enjoyable to drive, quiet, with plenty of interior cup holders. It’s the final year of this attractive model, offering a perfectly sized SUV that provides a great driving experience. Comparable to…

Jeff, Arizona, USA

The quality interior, comfortable features, and smooth, stable ride won me over in 2009 Hyundai Tucson. It’s well-designed with a flat-folding front seat, numerous accessory plugs, ample storage, and six cup holders. The four adjustable driver seat settings make it ideal for those with back issues. The vehicle offers a great ride, responsive handling, and high-quality materials, resulting in a quiet, wind noise-free experience.

Carl, MI, USA

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