If you drive a vehicle you really like, you probably hope it will last for a long time. With proper maintenance and care, it likely will. That means regular trips to the mechanic, not driving too aggressively, and getting any concerning noises or warning lights checked out right away. But what if you have a Hyundai Tucson? How many miles can you expect a Hyundai Tucson to last?
The Hyundai Tucson can be expected to last for about 200,000 miles, which can be about 15 years, says Vehicle History. An owner posting to Vehicle History had a 2009 Tucson with 218,000 miles. Another, posting to the Edmunds forum, had a 2007 Tucson with 200,000 miles.
Hyundai is one of the vehicle brands known to have long-lasting vehicles, says The Drive. It joins Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Ford, and Acura as brands that have reliable vehicles that last a long time.
However, the Hyundai Tucson isn’t currently one of the vehicles most likely to reach 200,000 miles, according to a study from iSeeCars.com. The ones that have the most vehicles that reach 200,000 miles are the Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Sequoia, Chevrolet Suburban, Ford Expedition, and Toyota 4Runner. There were 16 total vehicles that were above the average of 1 percent of that vehicle reaching 200,000 miles.
Modern vehicles last a long time
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Today’s vehicles do last much longer than those in the past, even compared to just a couple of decades ago, says Car and Driver. They last in part because their parts are built to hold up longer. These improvements also mean owners end up paying less for repairs throughout the vehicle’s lifespan.
Modern vehicles still on the road have an average age of a little more than 11 years, and people drive roughly 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year. However, new vehicles today are all expected to last for 200,000 miles. Electric vehicles have an even longer lifespan, lasting up to 300,000 miles.
A few vehicle design changes have helped increase longevity, says Digital Trends. That includes replacing timing belts with timing chains, using anti-corrosive materials, adding additional computerization in the vehicle, using fuel injection in engines, and switching to synthetic oils. In addition, the robotic assembly of vehicles helps make them all the same and increases reliability.
Possible reliability concerns with older model Hyundai Tucson SUVs
While the Hyundai Tucson should last for 200,000 miles, the model has been around since 2005, and not all model years are equally reliable. With a large enough problem, an owner is likely to decide the vehicle has reached the end of its lifespan.
There are four generations of Tucson models. Consumer Reports didn’t provide reliability ratings for the first generation, but the reliability has been improving in recent years.
The second generation of the Tucson ran from 2010 to 2015. Not all years were rated, but 2012 has a four out of five rating for reliability, while 2015 has a one out of five. Model years 2011 and 2013 both have three out of five.
The third generation lasted from 2016 to 2020. While 2016 and 2017 both received a one out of five rating for reliability, there have been huge improvements since then. Both 2018 and 2020 received five out of five ratings, and 2019 received four out of five. Redesigned for 2021, the new fourth-generation Tucson has a predicted reliability rating of four out of five.
Like many other modern vehicles, the Hyundai Tucson is expected to last for 200,000 miles or more. How long it actually lasts depends mainly on how well the owner maintains the vehicle, but the most reliable Tucson model years are from 2018 and newer.