2015 Hyundai Tucson Transmission Problems | Recalls | Reliability

Last Updated on November 6, 2023 by Robert Wilson

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson offers a choice of two different engines, each paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is the standard configuration, while all-wheel drive is available as an option.

The GLS model is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, delivering 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

When equipped with front-wheel drive, it achieves an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg combined (23 city/29 highway), and with all-wheel drive, it achieves 23 mpg combined (21/25).

Both the Tucson SE and the Limited come with a larger 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 182 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. These models achieve a fuel economy of 24 mpg combined (21/28) with front-wheel drive and 22 mpg combined (20/25) with all-wheel drive.

2015 Hyundai Tucson Transmission Problems

Engine overheating, burning smell, slipping gears, noises, rough shifting, low fluid & check engine light on are some of the most frequent problems with the 2015 Hyundai Tucson transmission.

2015 Hyundai Tucson Pros & Cons


  • Striking, eye-catching styling
  • Conveniently compact dimensions
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Smooth ride quality
  • Impressive lengthy warranty


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

2015 Hyundai Tucson Issues & Complaints

I encountered issues with the radio and computer, necessitating their replacement on my 2015 Tucson. Additionally, I had to address problems with the fuel pump and housing, which also had to be replaced. To keep track of these issues, I was provided with an account through Hyundai national. Although I could have pursued the lemon law route, I chose to collaborate with them, and fortunately, the car is now functioning properly (fingers crossed).

Mike, MI, USA

August 6, 2022 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 11477925


NHTSA ID Number: 11477925

Incident Date August 5, 2022

Consumer Location FLOSSMOOR, IL

Vehicle Identification Number KM8JTCAF1FU****

My Hyundai 2015 Tucson has a recall, and it has been several months for Hyundai to identify a solution to this issue. My vehicle’s VIN number is KM8JTCAF1FU050273. I’m genuinely concerned about the potential fire risk, and I kindly request an expedited resolution for this recall problem. It’s distressing that the manufacturer is not addressing this safety concern promptly, and I believe the defective vehicle should be replaced with a safe one at no additional cost, or this issue should be swiftly resolved.

March 15, 2022 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 11456866
NHTSA ID Number: 11456866

Incident Date January 9, 2022

Consumer Location BURLINGTON, NJ

Vehicle Identification Number KM8JT3AF1FU****

While driving 2015 Hyundai Tucson, I suddenly noticed smoke coming from the engine, followed by a loud pop. I pulled the car to the side of the road and turned it off. Upon opening the hood, I was shocked to find the engine on fire, and the flames couldn’t be extinguished. Bystanders attempted to help, but the fire quickly engulfed the entire Tucson. Hyundai stated that there were no recalls for that model and could not offer any assistance. It’s important to note that the vehicle was completely factory-standard with no aftermarket modifications. This incident involved a 2015 Hyundai Tucson.

February 7, 2023 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 11506026
NHTSA ID Number: 11506026

Incident Date February 5, 2023

Consumer Location COTTONWOOD, AZ

Vehicle Identification Number KM8JT3AF7FU****

The owner has a 2015 Hyundai Tucson. They reported that both the rear driver’s and passenger’s side doors were unable to open from both the inside and outside of the vehicle. The issue was brought to the attention of the dealer, but the vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not informed of this problem. The problem occurred at around 47,000 miles.

2015 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 initiated a recall for various vehicles, including 2016-2018 Santa Fe, 2017-2018 Santa Fe Sport, 2019 Santa Fe XL, and 2014-2015 Tucson models. The recall pertains to the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) module, which could potentially malfunction, leading to an electrical short circuit and the risk of an engine compartment fire.


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


For additional information or inquiries, owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or visit www.nhtsa.gov.

The gas tank cover lever is situated in an inconvenient location and lacks responsiveness in 2015 Hyundai Tucson. The vehicle tends to jolt upon initial acceleration. However, it is highly reliable and offers fair gas mileage. The seats are comfortable, and the car includes nice features and options. The cargo area is somewhat limited in size, and the vehicle’s handling could be improved, despite the presence of safety features.

Kate, TX, USA

I wouldn’t recommend this 2015 Tucson model if you plan on keeping it for the long term. I’ve had to replace all four coils because the car would lose power when trying to pass another vehicle. The compressor has also been replaced. Currently, the spark plugs have become seized, and replacing them requires removing the cylinder heads.

Robert, Arizona, USA

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