2013 Hyundai Tucson Transmission Problems | Recalls | Reliability

Last Updated on November 5, 2023 by Robert Wilson

The 2013 Hyundai Tucson is rated by the EPA at 22/29 mpg, for its combination of a 2.0-liter four and a six-speed automatic gearbox.

With a rarely seen five-speed manual transmission instead of the automatic, the same engine delivers 20/26 mpg.

There are #4 Recalls on 2013 Hyundai and many other complaints about transmission and engine related.

2013 Hyundai Tucson Issues & Complaints

May 23, 2023, NHTSA ID Number: 11523440

Components: 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

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May 23, 2023

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It’s termed as a “Dead Pedal” with the accelerator pedal sensor as to when the accelerator pedal is applied to move the car, the signal to apply gas to the engine to move it , doe’s not happen, and the car will not move, momentarily causing a very unsafe situation in traffic. this problem is sporadic and you never know when it will happen. to my knowledge this is happening in the 2009 to 2015 models Hyundai Genesis cars with the 3.8 and 4.6 and 5.0 engines. Any car with the drive by wire is effected with this problem, and should be looked into and repaired.

December 27, 2021, NHTSA ID Number: 11445181

Components: 100000 POWER TRAIN

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December 27, 2021

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There are literally hundreds if not thousands of people with Hyundai vehicles with the 3.8 engine from 2010-2016 with blown engines because of rod bearing failures with anywhere from as low as 60,000 miles to 150,000 miles. How many have to fail and leave people stranded before somebody does something about it. My car engine failed at 116,000 and has been at the dealership a month already and their not doing [XXX] about it to fix it. It’ll cost me and everyone else thousands of dollars. These 3.8 engines are just as likely to fail as all the Hyundai 2.0 engines that are currently being recalled.

November 30, 2021, NHTSA ID Number: 11442184

Components: 980000 UNKNOWN OR OTHER

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November 30, 2021

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Complete engine failure due to connecting rod bearing failing on my car on Thanksgiving day. Conveniently Hyundai has a open recall on their Sonata, Santa Fe and Santa Fe sport, and the Veloster for this exact issue but not on the Genesis coupe? What kind of [XXX] is that? And of course I’m 16 thousand miles past the factory drivetrain warranty.

October 4, 2021, NHTSA ID Number: 11435397

Components: 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

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October 4, 2021

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My VIN# does not appear in the Recall Listing of Hyundai vehicles that are at risk for fires, but 2014 models should be. The original engine was replaced on 12/9/2020, as something melted inside, causing it to seize up. It was replaced with a used engine, with only 51,000 miles. My engine compartment caught on fire, on 10/3/2021, while my son was driving the vehicle on the highway. This model also needs to be placed on the recall list for fire risk

2013 Tucson Transmission Problems

Gear slipping, gear shifting, grinding, making noises are some of the most common issues with the 2013 Hyundai transmission.

How Much is a 2013 Hyundai Tucson?

The estimated price is between about $10,500 and $14,800 for a used 2013 Hyundai Tucson. Prices depend on the SUV’s mileage, features, and condition, as well as your location.

Pricing by Model

GL$19,595 – $20,595
GLS$22,945 – $24,445
Limited$25,595 – $27,095

2013 Hyundai Tucson Recalls

Service brakes, hydraulic: Antilock/traction control/electronic limited slip: Control unit/module

Recall date

2023-09-21Recall no.


Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2011-2015 Elantra, Genesis Coupe, Sonata Hybrid, 2012-2015 Accent, Azera, Veloster, 2013-2015 Elantra Coupe, Santa Fe, 2014-2015 Equus, 2010-2012 Veracruz, 2010-2013 Tucson, 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell, and 2013 Santa Fe Sport vehicles. The Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) module may leak brake fluid internally and cause an electrical short, which can result in an engine compartment fire while parked or driving.

Engine and engine cooling

Recall date

2019-02-05Recall no.


Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2011-2013 Tucson vehicles. The engine oil pan may leak and, if not addressed, the loss of oil may result in engine damage.

Recall action

The remedy for this recall is still under development. Hyundai will send owners an interim letter informing them of the issue beginning March 29, 2019. A second notification will be sent when the remedy is available. 

Air bags

Recall date

2014-05-12Recall no.


Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Hyundai Tucson vehicles manufactured January 3, 2011, through December 23, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the air bag assembly installed in the steering wheel may come loose from its mounting.

Recall consequence

An air bag assembly that is not properly mounted may result in an increased risk of injury to the driver in the event of a crash.Recall action

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the bolts that secure the driver’s air bag assembly, free of charge. The recall began on May 9, 2014. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 118.

Score: 8.4/10

2013 Hyundai Tucson Safety

IIHS Safety Ratings

Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
Side Impact TestGood
Rear Crash ProtectionGood
Roof Strength TestGood
Small Overlap Front Driver TestPoor
Small Overlap Front Passenger TestNot Rated
HeadlightsNot Rated
Front Crash PreventionNot Rated

NHTSA Safety Ratings

Overall Rating4.9
Frontal Crash5
Side Crash4.5

The Hyundai 2013 Tucson received 4 out of 5 stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

2013 Hyundai Tucson Pros & Cons


  • Easy maneuverability
  • Intuitive features and buttons


  • Underpowered base engine
  • Cramped rear seat

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