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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,926 miles

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2016 Hyundai Tucson drivetrain problems

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2016 Hyundai Tucson Owner Comments (Page 1 of 10)

problem #190

Jul 302016


  • 2,659 miles


The contact owns a 2016 Hyundai Tucson. While driving various speeds, the vehicle vibrated abnormally and the transmission failed to function properly. On several occasions, the accelerator pedal was depressed; however, there was a hesitation before the transmission engaged and the vehicle lunged forward. The dealer diagnosed that the double clutch in the transmission failed and the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 2,659.

- Seabrook, TX, USA

problem #189

Oct 122016


  • 6,100 miles
I took my 2016 Tucson into the dealership on 9/23/2016 to address the dual clutch transmission recall. Prior to that, my Tucson would randomly jerk, not accelerate when pressing on the accelerator, and the rpms would go haywire. Now, 10/12/2016, after I took it in for a recall, I am still experiencing the same issue. It's happened once in slow traffic, and just this morning on the highway on my way to work. This time however, the Tucson's rpms went from the 2X area to the 4X area without provocation, causing the Tucson to drastically accelerate, almost causing me to rear end someone. This was without me manually accelerating. At this point, I feel like I'm driving a deathtrap and am utterly disappointed that Hyundai has done nothing to truly correct this issue.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #188

Jan 012016


  • miles
This vehicle seems to take off in third gear, shaking every time and stalling sometime. It has completely shut off at red lights and has stalled pulling out into traffic. The dealership has done 4 updates trying to correct the issue but it still occurs. All management of the dealership have driven this vehicle and agree that there is definitely a problem. The service manager put his foot on the brake and the gas as a demonstration to me and the vehicle dies out every time. They do not know how to fix the problem. The recall due out on October 28, 2016 was already done on September 27, 2016 and did not correct the issue.

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #187

Oct 052016


  • 13,200 miles


This is my second complaint on this car. There has been previous problems with the transmission slipping and the car would not move. The car would suddenly lurch forward or backward if you were backing out of a parking space. We took our car to the dealership for service on September 20, 2016 while it was there two recalls were taken care of. One was recall 149 which is supposed to fix the problem. The other was for a hood latch. Since this service work there have been additional problems with the car. I began keeping a log before the last service work. Same type problems as before the recall was taken care of. Today, my wife called me in a panic about the car. She had tried to pull out on a highway and the car revved up but did not move. She said the car suddenly lurched forward very abruptly so much so the traction control light came on. She is scared to drive the car anymore. I called tameron Hyundai and spoke with randall in service. I explained the incidents that had happened since the recall. He asked if we could bring the car in today. We could not due to work reasons. I will be taking the car to the dealer tomorrow. Not sure what they will do or say. I too am very concerned about the safety of driving this car.

- Pinson, AL, USA

problem #186

Sep 202016


  • 1,366 miles
The contact owns a 2016 Hyundai Tucson. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be duplicated. The dealer stated that the vehicle was operating as designed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V628000 (electrical system, power train). The failure mileage was 1,366.

- Rochester, NY, USA

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problem #185

Apr 152016


  • 12,330 miles
The contact owns a 2016 Hyundai Tucson. While in stop-and-go traffic, the transmission temperature warning indicator illuminated. The accelerator pedal was depressed, but failed to respond. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed, but the failure could not be duplicated. The failure was intermittent. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V628000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 12,330.

- Merrillville, IN, USA

problem #184

Sep 122016


  • 7,000 miles


Problems with vehicle since purchase. Brought cat back to dealer for repair 4 times, but problems still remain. Prior to last software upgrade, car would not accelerate after stopping, would jerk without warning, slow going up hill, would roll back, and would stop and then propel forward. Once last recall (3) done, the car still in not driving appropriately. Car runs rough, still jerks, still slow to go up hill and still intermittently stops. Transmission warning (over heated) came on, yet the computer did not make note of it when read for problems as if it never happened. Car is unsafe, is not driving as expected nor as it should. Gas mileage is also very low, considerably lower than what was promised upon purchase.

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #183

Sep 142016


  • 5,000 miles
Transmission if faulty. Gears do not shift properly. When stopped, the car doesn't want to accelerate normally. Car stalls or jumps at random times - usually at low speeds - dangerous to drive. Have had recall computer fix completed at dealer - did not fix the issue. Issue with this every day.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #182

Sep 212016


  • 2,300 miles
The contact owns a 2016 Hyundai Tucson. The contact stated the vehicle experienced unintended deceleration and stalled while driving 60 mph. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the vehicle operated as designed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 16V628000 (electrical system, power train); however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was approximately 2,300.

- Catawissa, PA, USA

problem #181

Jul 122016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2016 Hyundai Tucson. While depressing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle failed to operate. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and repaired, but the failure persisted. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V628000 (electrical system, power train). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #180

Aug 292016


  • 350 miles


Brand new 2016 Hyundai Tucson limited AWD experienced problems at 350 mile odometer reading with dual clutch transmission causing ¿false neutral¿ with inability to accelerate from a stop while in ¿drive¿ and hesitation, and shuddering when in first and second gear. In random occasions, attempting to accelerate from a stop results in the vehicle rpms increasing with no movement of the vehicle. The dealership applied a software fix for the dtc based on a safety recall which resolved the ¿false neutral¿ issue. However, unpredictable hesitation and shuddering still persist at 3,000 miles. Vehicle acceleration behaves unreliably and can best be described as indicative of a 16 year old learning to drive a manual transmission for the first time. Sometimes the vehicle accelerates smoothly with no issue. Other times the vehicle hesitates and shudders as if the vehicle were attempting to start in 2nd gear with a manual transmission and the vehicle wants to stall, and then slowly accelerates. Still other times the vehicle hesitates with no movement when the accelerator is depressed and then jumps forward as if ¿popping the clutch¿ and then accelerates very aggressively. I took the vehicle to the dealership today (Sept 22, 2016) and they were able to reproduce the behavior and informed me that is the ¿normal operating characteristics of a dual clutch transmission.¿ the problem with this transmission is the lack of confidence when needing to pull out in front of traffic. At all times you must give yourself a minimum of 2 seconds distance before pulling out into traffic because you simply do not know if the transmission will reliably engage and the vehicle will predictably accelerate. I should note that once the vehicle is past 10-15 mph, it accelerates and performs reliably and the transmission is responsive.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #179

Sep 192016


  • 3,500 miles
While driving the vehicle in normal around town traffic, we have had several incidents where an alarm began sounding, and the instrument panel displayed "transmission temperature is high! stop". we've taken the vehicle to have the dealer investigate, but they find nothing, can't duplicate it, and no indication that it even displayed the warning. They said it might be related to the current recall for the dct transmission on the Hyundai Tucson. I've contacted Hyundai and tried to ask if the dealer may be correct, but they said they can only refer me back to the dealer. It can be difficult and unsafe to find a place to "stop safely" at the drop of a hat as it demands.

- Leland, NC, USA

problem #178

May 272016


  • 4,153 miles
The contact owns a 2016 Hyundai Tucson. After starting the vehicle, it failed to shift in drive or reverse. The vehicle shifted into neutral independently. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but the failure was unable to be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 4,153.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #177

Nov 012015


  • 1,000 miles
Multiple issues. Main issue for now- press the accelerator and the vehicle slows down. Major hesitation. Hesitates from a stop and when already driving. Today it shook and felt like it was going to die for the 2nd time since I've had it. It has been in the shop numerous times for multiple issues and has already had the throttle body and rear suspension replaced. It also had the hood latch replaced due to a recall and it was losing coolant apparently through the cap.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #176

Sep 122016


  • 50 miles
The contact rented a 2016 Hyundai Tucson. While driving at an unknown speed, the accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to accelerate and lost power without warning. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was previously serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 16V628000 (electrical system, power train). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50.

- Portsmouth, NH, USA

problem #175

Sep 162016


  • 7,000 miles
I purchesed my new 2016 Hyundai tuscon turbo in Feb. I have had nothing but problems with it. It has always been sluggish on accelartion and at times won't move at all after a stop. It has had numerous "updates" for the transmision with no success. At times it will roll backwards when in drive as if it is in neutral while at drive thrus or on an incline. It remained in the shop for one of the times for more than 30 days. A Hyundai engineer has inspected my car and says that there is nothing wrong it. All of the issues I have had are not normal, and they agree but state that there is nothing wrong with it. The service dept have driven my car and agree that it still has the hesitation, but say their hands are tied until Hyundai has a solution. It doesn't throw a code on any of the issues. It has even died while driving down the road. It has been in the shop repeatedly for the same issues. Now, this last time, I am getting a battery discharge warning while driving down the highway. It is now back in the shop for that issue along with the same sluggish delayed acceleartion. I am 100% unhappy with this purchase. I see where hundai is making a recall, but I am unsure if this new update is any different from the other two my SUV has already had. This car is unsafe to drive and certainly has major issues.

- Wells, TX, USA

problem #174

Sep 152015


  • 450 miles
Severe hesitation on take off. When slowing down in traffic in town, then accelerating tuscon jerks severely on take off. Pulling out of driveway on to street it hesitates. Dealership where tuscon was purchased did upgrade on computer chip for transmission but upgrade has not helped.

- Urbana, IL, USA

problem #173

Sep 092016


  • 11,000 miles
When beginning to take off from a stop, the car engine will rev up but the car will not move. All of a sudden the car will jerk forward. You never know when it will take off. I took my car back to the dealership for it's first service and complained about it. The service manager told me I just needed to learn how to drive it. The problem with the car has happened several times but was just very annoying to drive until recently. The other day I tried to cross a main highway. There was a car coming but normally I would have had plenty of time to cross safely. The car revved up but would not move. I pushed the accelerator all the way to the floor and the car engine revved way up and the transmission finally caught up. The car took off very abruptly. By this time the approaching car was too close and I should not have tried to cross. I have not logged any of the instances yet but will begin doing so now. There was another instance that comes to mind. I was parked facing downhill in a church parking lot. There was a parked car facing me directly in front of me. When I started to back out of the spot, the car revved up and it began rolling forward towards the other parked car. The transmission finally caught up and the car lurched backwards. I have noticed the problem a lot while going through drive thru restaurants. Not only is the car dangerous to drive, it is also very annoying to drive. At this point the solution I would prefer would be for the dealership to give me my down payment back and take the car back. I do not want to continue to pay high payments for a dangerous car.

- Pinson, AL, USA

problem #172

Apr 232016


  • 25 miles
The contact owns a 2016 Hyundai Tucson. While attempting to accelerate, the vehicle hesitated to move without warning. The vehicle would sometimes become stuck between 30 and 60 mph. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal was depressed all the way to the floorboard and the vehicle began to operate normally. The failure was intermittent and occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where a software update was performed; however, the failure recurred. The software was updated a total of three times, but the failure persisted. A month later, the vehicle was taken back to the dealer and kept for 40 days because the failure could not be determined. The dealer stated that the vehicle was being driven in eco-mode, which would hinder the performance of the vehicle to save fuel. The vehicle was included in and repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 16V628000 (electrical system, power train), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 25.

- Highland Beach, FL, USA

problem #171

Aug 102016


  • 900 miles
My car was stopped because I needed to make a left at a busy intersection. The tuscon was slow to respond when I pressed the gas pedal and I was almost struck. A software update was performed but there are still acceleration issues with this vehicle. I've told the Hyundai dealer that this SUV is unsafe and should not be on the road.

- Ebensburg, PA, USA

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