What’s the best year for a used Hyundai Tucson?

I am looking to buy a used Hyundai Tucson but I’m not sure which year(s) to avoid or if there’s a year better than others—what’s the best for a used Hyundai Tucson?

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Andrew (Andy) Biro · Answered on Jan 24, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The answer depends somewhat on your budget—if you’re looking for the absolute best year to buy the Hyundai Tucson used, we’d suggest going with the 2018 model, which has a fair market range of $17,014 to $21,164. If that’s too pricey for you, the 2010 Hyundai Tucson—which ranges between $6,527 to $7,703—is the best budget option.
Newer doesn’t always mean better, but the 2018 Hyundai Tucson is easily one of the best years to buy the model used. Sporting an 85/100 reliability rating from J.D. Power and a 5 star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2018 Hyundai Tucson is considered one of the best compact SUVs you can buy. You’ll also find that the 2018 Hyundai Tucson has a range of trim levels to choose from and comes standard with a decent array of tech.
Similarly, the 2010 Hyundai Tucson was rated as the year’s 2nd best small SUV by J.D. Power and received an overall “Good” safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Consumers compliment the 2010 Hyundai Tucson for its fuel economy, powerful engine, and spacious cabin.
Regardless of which year you ultimately pick, it’s recommended that you don’t purchase a Hyundai Tucson built between 2011 and 2017, as they are generally considered the least reliable. First generation Tucsons (2004 - 2008) can be decent vehicles, but finding one with relatively low mileage will prove challenging.
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