2014 Hyundai Tucson Transmission Problems | Recalls | Reliability

Last Updated on November 6, 2023 by Robert Wilson

The 2014 Tucson, equipped with a 2.0-liter engine and front-wheel drive, has an EPA rating of 23/29 mpg in city and highway driving, respectively.

All-wheel-drive models achieve ratings of 21/25 mpg. On the other hand, the 2.4-liter engine versions have fuel economy ratings of 21/28 mpg for front-wheel-drive models and 20/25 mpg for all-wheel-drive models.

Despise all of the good things, however there are some issues with this 2014 Hyundai Tucson model especially engine and transmission related.

2014 Hyundai Tucson Transmission Problems

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson has various transmission issues, including low fluid, check engine light on, rough shifting, slipping gears or transmission failure. There have been 172 complaints and 2 recalls by NHTSA so far.

2014 Hyundai Tucson Pros & Cons


  • Striking, eye-catching styling
  • Conveniently compact dimensions
  • Engaging handling
  • Offers good value


  • Limited backseat and cargo space
  • Firm ride
  • Leisurely acceleration with the base engine

2014 Hyundai Tucson Issues & Complaints

October 25, 2022 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 11490789
NHTSA ID Number: 11490789

Incident Date October 25, 2022

Consumer Location SNOHOMISH, WA

Vehicle Identification Number KM8JTCAF7EU****

My 2014 Tucson keeps displaying the “P1326 glow relay short circuit” code. This issue has occurred three times in just three weeks of driving. As a result, the engine’s power is restricted, and I’m experiencing knocking and squealing sounds. The wheels are locking up while driving, and the engine stalls when I’m actively moving and pressing the accelerator. I recently purchased this car from the used market, and it had 105,000 miles on the odometer at the time of purchase. The dealer mentioned that they had to install a new top end in the engine to get it running. Unfortunately, it seems like this car has turned out to be the most expensive lemon I’ve ever come across.

April 2, 2017 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 10970004
NHTSA ID Number: 10970004

Incident Date April 1, 2017

Consumer Location SAN ANTONIO, TX

Vehicle Identification Number KM8JUCAG1EU****

The stainless steel fuel tube had to be replaced for the second time in just 15 months of my 2014 Hyundai Tucson. The first replacement occurred when the engine experienced a catastrophic failure (a piston came apart). The second replacement was necessary only two days after routine maintenance was performed at the dealership (EFI service). A fuel leak developed while the fuel pump was running, with the car being driven at a speed of 70 mph. This resulted in a strong fuel smell inside the vehicle while driving, and fuel was rapidly leaking. The car even started to stall on Interstate 10 West between Houston and San Antonio.

February 8, 2022 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 11450953
NHTSA ID Number: 11450953

Incident Date May 3, 2021

Consumer Location EL PASO, TX

Vehicle Identification Number KMHJUCAG6EU****

The owner possesses a 2014 Hyundai Tucson. They reported that the rear passenger’s side door could not be opened, and the front passenger’s side door could only be opened from inside the vehicle. There were no illuminated warning lights to indicate the issue. The owner considered the malfunction of the doors to be a safety hazard. The vehicle has not been taken for diagnosis or repair, and the manufacturer has not been informed of the problem. This problem occurred at around 60,000 miles.

February 9, 2023 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 11506347
NHTSA ID Number: 11506347

Incident Date February 2, 2023

Consumer Location PHILADELPHIA, PA

Vehicle Identification Number KM8JTCAF6EU****

While driving on I-76 in Philadelphia, PA, my 2014 Tucson engine suddenly seized, and the car couldn’t exceed 5 mph. I was in a state of panic due to the highway’s nature. I activated my hazard lights and maneuvered my way to the side of the road. My car had to be towed to the dealership, marking the third time the engine needed replacement. Before the engine issue, the entire dashboard was illuminated, and despite the absence of a recall for my car, the dealership claimed it was part of the problem. As a result, I’m now awaiting yet another engine replacement, and this happened just after reaching 72,000 miles. Fortunately, they provided me with a loaner car.

2014 Hyundai Tucson Recalls

February 3, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V056000
ABS Unit May Cause Engine Compartment Fire
An engine compartment fire while parked or driving can increase the risk of injury.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V056000

Manufacturer Hyundai Motor America


Potential Number of Units Affected 357,348

Recall Summary:

Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) has issued a recall for certain vehicles, including 2016-2018 Santa Fe, 2017-2018 Santa Fe Sport, 2019 Santa Fe XL, and 2014-2015 Tucson models. The recall pertains to a potential malfunction in the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) module, which could lead to an electrical short circuit, posing a risk of an engine compartment fire.


Owners are advised to park their vehicles outdoors and away from structures until the recall repair is completed. Dealers will replace the ABS multi-fuse as necessary, and the service will be provided at no cost to the owners. Owner notification letters were sent out on May 31, 2022. For additional information or assistance, owners can contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460, using recall number 218 as reference.

May 13, 2014 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 14V245000
Air Bag Assembly May Loosen in the Steering Wheel
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.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V245000

Manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company

Components AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected 137,500

Recall Summary:

Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) has issued a recall for certain model year 2011-2014 Hyundai Tucson vehicles manufactured from January 3, 2011, through December 23, 2013. The issue relates to the airbag assembly in the steering wheel, which may become dislodged from its mounting.


Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will conduct inspections and tighten the bolts securing the driver’s airbag assembly at no cost to the owners. The recall commenced on May 9, 2014. For further information or inquiries, owners can get in touch with Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151, referencing recall number 118.

I bought 2014 Hyundai Tucson last January after doing a lot of research on various SUVs, and I’m also a previous Hyundai owner. This SUV provides a remarkably smooth ride and is comfortable for long road trips. Its interior has an appealing look, and the exterior design is sharp. However, there are two things it’s missing: a latch for the trunk on the inside (only accessible from the outside), and there are no interior lights.

Paul, NY, USA

As the professional reviews have mentioned, the engine in the limited version may not offer as smooth a ride and may not be as quiet as its competitors. However, I am absolutely in love with my 2014 Tucson. The price is unbeatable, and these cars retain their value well. The appearance is stunning, and the available options are fantastic. People often tell me that it looks like I’m driving a Lexus, and I definitely feel like I am (except for the road noise, which I attribute to the 18-inch wheels).

Morgan, TX, USA

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