2007 Hyundai Tiburon Review

2007-hyundai-tiburon I want to like the 2007 Hyundai Tiburon… I really do. It’s styled uniquely ( and not offensively ), and it’s definitely priced right. So why don’t I like it? The design is unique, but unpolished. It *almost* looks really neat, but not quite. It ends up almost amateur-ish at the end of the day.

Since looks are subjective, I always try to have another reason why I do or don’t like a particular vehicle. Fortunately, Hyundai makes it easy with the Tiburon. For starters, the automatic transmission is an archaic 4 speed. Five speeds is no longer a luxury item – it’s a bare minimum for any automatic car costing more than 12 grand. As if the stone age transmission isn’t enough, there’s the power issue. Well, the lack of power. Who ever heard of a 2.7 liter V6? Well, besides Chrysler, of course. 172 HP coming from a micro-V6 just doesn’t work in 2007, folks. For the record, Nissan managed to extract 175 HP from their 2.5 liter four cylinder engine – which makes this Hyundai V6 quite embarrassing.

And on a final note, there’s the fuel economy issue. Even when equipped with the barely adequate 2.0 liter four cylinder engine and the 5 speed manual, the Tiburon only returns 23 / 31 MPG on the 2007 EPA system. If I’m going to put up with 138 HP and row my own gears, I want much, much better gas mileage than that. All these things add up to a car that should be pretty cool, but just plain isn’t.

2007 Hyundai Tiburon Specs

  • 138 HP 2.0 liter four cylinder engine
  • Optional 172 HP 2.7 liter V6
  • 5 speed manual or optional 4 speed automatic
  • FWD
  • EPA Says : 23 / 31 mpg

2007 Hyundai Tiburon Reviews

Cars.com reviews the 2007 Hyundai Tiburon and writes – ‘Hyundai says just over half of all Tiburon buyers choose the four-cylinder GS. No doubt they like the car for its fetching looks, generous warranty and long list of standard features. Tiburon GT buyers — the second-largest group, according to Hyundai — get the peppy V-6 and a friendlier cabin to boot. I can’t recommend any of the higher trim levels, as the engine and suspension lack the refinement to play in the same league as a GTI or V-6 Eclipse. If you want the cachet of a sports coupe with some extra zip, consider the sub-$20,000 Tiburon GT. If you have the cash for something more, get something more — from someone else.’

About.com reviews the 2007 Hyundai Tiburon and writes – ‘The Tiburon, particularly the top-of-the-line SE model, comes pretty darn close to the edge, which is all the more remarkable considering the age of the Tiburon design. All versions get a stiffer body, and the SE model gets markedly stiffer suspension settings, a six-speed manual transmission (other Tibs offer a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic), and bigger brakes with cool-looking cross-drilled rotors. The SE also has an electronic stability control system which helps keep the car on its chosen path should the driver get in over his or her head. To those who speak the language of handling: Yes, the SE will allow some very mild oversteer (fishtailing), but you really have to ham-first it in the curves to make that happen. Drive smoothly and you’ll be amazed at how well the Tib SE sticks to the road and how quickly you can make progress through sharp turns. Quite amazing for a relatively unsophisticated design — and all the more amazing when you consider how inexpensive the car is.’

Published on June 6, 2007 in Hyundai

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