2016 Hyundai Tucson Problems

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 06/27/21 •  3 min read

The Hyundai Tucson is a leader in the crossover SUV segment. It has been so for more than a decade now. It ticks most boxes of what a small SUV should be like. But it has seen a rough patch, particularly the 2016 Tucson. This model is one that you should avoid. Here are the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Problems.

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Has the 2016 Tucson ever been recalled? 

2016 Hyundai Tucson Problems
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Yes, specifically four times. But the most major issue addressed was the one with the acceleration. The cars wouldn’t accelerate after they had been braked to 0mph. This problem was resolved, but other acceleration issues remain. 

2016 Hyundai Tucson Problems

Numerous Transmission Problems

The first of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Problems are the ones with the tranny. Owners have mainly reported that their car was hesitant to accelerate. There was a problem with the transmission control module.

This issue usually occurred at about 15k miles. It was corrected by updating and reconfiguring the transmission-related software. They cleaned out the fuel filters as well.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Problems
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Other transmission problems also exist. The car can refuse to shift gears and/or overheat. Transmission slipping has also been reported. The car also stops moving after the driver hits the throttle more than once.

This is all well and dangerous, but the transmission on some 2016 Tucson models also slips. This too can be fatal for the driver and others on the road. The car also vibrated at higher speeds. 

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2016 Hyundai AC Problems

Next up is the air conditioning and heating system. A very important necessity in a car is one of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Problems. Some say that their 2016 Tucson’s AC was blowing warm air.

Others say their heating system didn’t work properly. This can occur if there is a problem with the compressor. Or if there is an issue with the evaporator. The temp sensor should also be checked for faults. 

Noisy Drivetrain 

Another one of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Problems is the drivetrain. The cars in question had a bunch of alarming noises during the drive. It sounded like banging and thumping metal.


These kinds of sounds can be harbingers of a big problem. This is because of how important the drivetrain is. The issue can occur at any range on the 2016 Tucson’s mileage. It is because of some faulty drivetrain components. 

2016 Hyundai Tucson Electrical Problems

This is one of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Problems that vary in severeness. The least bothersome issue here is the one with the infotainment system. Some drivers say their Apple CarPlay is no good.

Others say that their transmission doesn’t work well. Some safety features don’t work properly. Blindspot detection is an example. The battery is not reliable and on some, even the power windows fail to work. 

2016 Hyundai Tucson Steering Problems

If those 2016 Hyundai Tucson Problems weren’t bad enough, then this one should take the cake. There have been complaints regarding the steering.

It can become insensitive or too stiff. The complainant even lost power steering once. Thankfully, this is a rare problem and it can be fixed by replacing the power steering module. 

Miscellaneous Troubles 

One complainant reported that their 2016 Tucson caught fire with no warning before it. Several 2016 Tucson’s love to lunge while not in drive. Shuddering is also a common phenomenon.


Some owners also complained that the seating wasn’t comfortable. One person said that the fuel average randomly dropped by 20mpg on highways. 

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.

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