2022 Hyundai Tucson Top Complaints and Problems – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Powertrain and engine issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

As SUVs continue to grow in popularity, enthusiasts flock to the 2022 Hyundai Tucson. It’s the perfect size for the busy family and the automaker claims it is “built for the modern adventure.” However, its defective engine, faulty exterior lighting and malfunctioning powertrain are keeping it from being a winner.

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Problems with the Engine

Without an engine providing reliable power, there’s no ride that can be enjoyable. Customer’s main complaint falls back on this essential component.

One Edmunds review states, “Love the SUV, but the main component (the engine) is horrible. When accelerating, especially uphill, the engine sounds like it’s about to come apart. This problem started all of a sudden at about 1,000 mi (6 weeks into ownership). It came about with a bang driving under 10mph in a parking lot. No trouble codes thrown so Hyundai says nothing wrong. Google it, several others have complained about the same pinging-like action when the engine revs above 2,000 rpm and driving under a load. It’s annoying to the point you have to turn up the radio to drown out the sound. Such a disappointment and Hyundai’s warranty is useless when they say they can’t find anything wrong.”

While there are no manufacturer communications yet, there will be many coming down the pipeline. There’s no way that this SUV is going to skate by without major repairs being performed. It wasn’t that long ago that Hyundai was under fire for installing defective engines. The way things are looking, the same could be true about the 2022 Tucson as well.

Problems with the Lighting/Headlights

Seeing clearly at night is a top priority if safety is to be maintained. Yet, behind the wheel of the 2022 Tucson, customers are having trouble with visibility.

Another Edmunds review says, “By far, the number one problem is that the headlights are horrible on this car. The main headlights sit low, and are underneath a protruding piece of trim. This causes a severe line between light and dark. But, even worse, because of the triangle shaped upper lights, you end up with this black ‘bow tie’ in the middle of your field of vision.”

Again, Hyundai doesn’t want to address the issues and has yet to issue any statements or fixes. Instead, the automaker will continue acting like everything is going well and tell people to have a “modern adventure.” Hopefully, that adventure doesn’t include hitting something at night because the driver can’t see what’s coming next.

Problems with the Powertain

The powertrain is an essential system needed to ensure that the momentum from the engine is transferred to the wheels of the SUV. Yet, this system is also defective.

An NHTSA complaint reads, “Purchased a new 2022 SUV Tucson on 5/22/21. While driving on a busy street 6/7/21 during work traffic the vehicle just cut off without warning. With horns blaring I managed to coast to the right blocking traffic leaving one lane open for moving traffic. Vehicle after a couple of tries would start but would not move when gear was placed in Drive or Reverse. Hyundai Roadside Assistance notified vehicle towed to closest Hyundai Dealership. This was dangerous vehicles were almost running into the back of my SUV while abruptly stopping. I exited the vehicle while waiting for the tow truck in fear of vehicle being hit placing myself and others at risk of an accident. Informed by Asst. Service Manager at Hyundai Dealership that no one was trained to work on the 2022 TUCSONs at the Dealership. As a Public Safety measure at least some employees at each dealership should be trained to work on all newly released vehicles before they are placed on the market. Notified on June 15, 2021 that the vehicle has a limp mode/ limp node problem.”

The complaints goes on to state: “June 16, 2021 I was informed by Hyundai dealership that the 22 TUCSON has a mechanical defect, transmission fluid was leaking which now the Transmission needs to be replaced. The newly purchased vehicle currently has only around 370 miles on it. I thought vehicles go through an inspection before leaving factory and after they reach the dealership before being sold. This I consider to be another safety issue anything can happen during transport. A repurchase/buyback from Hyundai wasn’t approved. The vehicle is available for inspection upon request. Vehicle is ready and will be picked up from the dealership requesting an invoice of the repair work completed for viewing. This vehicle could have caused a catastrophic deadly occurrence.”

The automaker has issued two service bulletins related to the powertrain, one about the shifter and #21-AT-007H that references trouble with the eight-speed transmission. It appears that DTCs are being set, requiring service from a technician. The only “modern adventure” being experienced by owners is the struggle trying to keep this SUV out of the dealership’s service department.

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  • Amanda

    I literally bought the 2022 Tucson Hybrid yesterday. Now I’m rethinking my purchase. Can I still get out of this car deal?

  • John

    I bought a 22 Tucson Limited Hybrid. I also bought a 22 Tucson SEL convenience Hybrid. The Limited was leaking oil and gets worse MPG than the SEL Convenience Hybrid. Brought the Limited into a Hyundai Dealer. They reported back today. It has a ” cracked valve” cover. I’ve never even heard of such a problem. The service writer called today and told me he ordered a replacement valve cover on an emergency basis and it should be there in a day or two. Just as told me that, he said hold on a second. As I’m holding, another guy, whom I assume was his parts guy told him “that valve cover is backordered and a month out” The service writer didn’t know he hadn’t put me on hold. He says hello sir, I’m sorry, that part is backordered. I’ll get you a loaner car and let you know when you can come by and pick it up tomorrow.
    Our Limited Hybrid engine makes way more noise than our SEL Convenience Hybrid engine. It sounds terrible. We bought the Limited Hybrid a few months after the SEL Convenience Hybrid. I’m furious and frustrated. How does a 40K car pass Quality Control with a cracked valve cover. My opinion of Hyundai, a brand I’ve been 100% loyal too since 2007 has gone down exponentially. I can’t blame the dealership, they’re bending over backwards to try and make this right. I’m contacting my local attorney tomorrow and taking action against corporate. I don’t care if it costs me as much as the car did, I’m really mad. There’s no excuse in the modern age of precise robotics manufacturing for this to have occurred. None. I’m officially done with Hyundai too. 7 new Hyundai’s since 2007. These two are my last.

  • Janet B

    Yes I’m on the budget and every time I turn around my Hyundai Tucson needs a rear shocks it hasn’t even been a year and I replaced them three times already

  • Alic S

    I purchased the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid (Limited) on April 30, 2021.I noticed it was only getting 27-30 mpg on the interstate, so I quit using the cruise control and steering assist. I then noticed it having issues with automatically switching gears in the cold weather. The engine and peddle felt like they were caught or jerky all winter. It barely ran the EV all winter as well. However, my complaint starts around 8,000-10,000 when it couldn’t get over 27.5 mpg at any speed. It started averaging ~17mpg going 30-35mph in city (stop and go) driving, down from 36-45mpg when I first got it on the same work drive. I took it to the dealership where they insisted I “just used bad gas stations” and “27mpg is great for the hybrid!! It’ll only get above 30mpg if I drive on a flat surface on a warm, non-windy day” They went as far as to try to say the hybrid isn’t supposed to get better gas mileage than the non-hybrid until they looked up the sticker on them. They resynced the computer, after much debate and them having a similar issue with an ionic. It went back to getting 34-42mpg on my city work drive. I filled it up and took it on the Highway again. That tank averaged around 27mpg. The next interstate tank averaged 22-25.5mpg. This is with no cruise control, no steering assist. I turned off the AC/heated seats. No extra cargo or trailer. Also, the headlights are a whole other concern. I refuse to drive the vehicle outside city lighting at night due to not being able to see. The headlights create an unlit blind spot at night that is extremely unsafe.

  • Logan

    Do not buy a 2022 Tucson. I have had mine since November 2021 and have had nothing but issues. The quality is the worst I have ever experienced in a vehicle. There is rattling all over the interior coming from the liftgate and the Hyundai dealership is “unable to find the problem.” The hood latch has come loose at just over 4000 miles so it causes a rattle at over 60 mph and trim pieces came broken from the factory. I am also now starting to notice the transmission slipping when going only 10 mph in a parking lot and am just waiting for all the engine issues everyone else keeps talking about. I would steer clear of anything related to Hyundai.

  • Maurice I

    I am looking at purchasing a 2022 Tucson Limited. Now I am rethinking this purchase. Are my concerns legit?

  • Coran

    We have engine problems with our 2022 Tucson Hyrbrid as well. The engine ran fine for the first two months after buying it, and then we heard a sudden noise come from the engine at low speed and the vehicle began to limp along that day until it cooled down. Since then, the engine has never been the same, sounding like pinging from watered down gas when accelerating up hills. Dealer says they can’t find any problem. We were life-long Toyota loyalists and we’ll be going right back to their products. Hyundai can claim all they want about their warranty. It’s worthless if they can’t fix issues and it’s expensive and time consuming to take off work to deal with it.

  • Cindy

    I bought a Hyundai two months ago, 2022 Hyundai tuscon. I paid 6,000 over the msrp for the limited availability issue. Tuscon only has 3182 miles. The suv crested a very unsafe breakdown on 12/22 at 9:00 pm on interstate. It just stopped accelerating while in traffic. I was not offered another means of transportation as there was none available. I was contacted December 27 by Hyundai dealership that it needed a new engine. I called on 12/23 corporate requesting a buy back. Still wasn’t offered a rental or another means of transportation as of 12/27 either. I work in Baltimore city which is 43 miles from home each way. I received an email in 1/4 just advising engine was approved gt corporate still no acknowledgment of request for a buy back which was emailed as well as the call on 12/23. This is no longer a new vehicle nor is it reliable and defeated whole reason for trading on a 2019 Hyundai to ensure I have a reliable vehicle as I commute to work and 95 percent is on the interstate. Once engine work is done that is Not a new vehicle and looses value. I was only offered 1/4 13 days later to pay for a rental and get reimbursed. If I am expected to pay a $680 payment a month how can someone afford a rental car and hope to get reimbursed. I need help and not sure where to reach to request a buy back from Hyundai.

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