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2007 Hyundai Tiburon

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2007 Hyundai Tiburon Review

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Hyundai has a winner with the redesign of its Tiburon sports coupe, which certainly qualifies for the fun-to-drive description. As part of Hyundai's efforts to update and upgrade most of its current vehicles, the new Tiburon excels in providing the driver with an exhilarating, exuberant ride, and the upper-end SE model, in particular, delivers an exceptional package. Three other trim options include the base GS, a refined-performance GT and the more fully-equipped GT Limited.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like this car if you want to kick over the traces, knife through six manual gears, crank up the acceleration and enjoy a dose of sporty performance. If you like plenty of dials, gauges and leather-accented seats, you'll like the SE model.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like this car if you need more rear seating, since legroom back there is minimal; but, if that's the case, you're probably shopping for something else anyway.

What's Significant About This Car?

Most of the good stuff is under the hood, while the exterior and interior exhibit a few cosmetic changes. The addition of gunmetal-toned accents and MP3 capability should appeal to buyers in the sports car category. New, too, for 2007 are the Tiburon SE's safety features, including stability and traction control.

Driving the Tiburon

Driving Impressions The SE's powertrain of a responsive V6 teamed with a six-speed manual transmission delivers crisp performance, and the chassis matches that with precise handling. Enthusiastic driving shows commendable balance and...

the capability of the new suspension, even though the increased stiffness does result in some harshness over bumps and potholes. With handling and braking stability optimized by the multi-link suspension, tighter spring calibration and anti-roll bars, this sports coupe should satisfy the enthusiasts.

2.7-liter V6
The SE's 2.7-liter V6 engine and six-speed manual transmission are a great combination for those who enjoy spirited driving. The short shifter, positioned far enough forward to avoid hitting your elbow on the center armrest, delivers reasonably smooth action and takes little effort to change gears with ease and accuracy. The deep-throated engine growl stays consistent through all six gears.

Warranty
Hyundai's warranty coverage, including a 10-year/100,000 powertrain warranty, 5-year/60,000 mile new-vehicle warranty and 5-year/unlimited roadside assistance program, is among the most generous in the U.S.

2007 Hyundai Tiburon Details
Interior

A vertical display panel holds a blue backlit, gunmetal-trimmed instrument cluster that includes gauges for torque and instantaneous fuel consumption, as well as a voltmeter. The tachometer, speedometer and trip meters are located in front of the driver and the short, tab-like cruise-control switch on the steering wheel is handy to use. Visibility is substantial despite the rear spoiler that divides the view through the large hatchback window. Gunmetal trim on the doors coordinates with the dash design, presenting an integrated and thoughtful environment.

Exterior
2007 Hyundai Tiburon photo

Most of the new styling is on the front end, with projector headlights, a more muscular hood and the front fenders and grille area having a slightly more aerodynamic and sleek appearance. The rear, with its hatchback, has new taillights, a rear diffuser and dual chrome exhausts. The rest of the exterior is styled to roadster tastes without the ragtop. Wedge-shaped, the silhouette is classic sports coupe.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Tiburon SE, the sportiest version, has a lot of standard equipment that often costs extra on the competition, such as air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry with alarm, 17-inch alloy wheels, four airbags and a Kenwood(r) AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with six speakers. Convenient features that are standard on the entire line include a timed rear window defroster, heated outside mirrors, tire pressure monitoring system, fog lights and anti-lock brakes (ABS). The mechanical components are what set the SE apart: electronic stability control, a track-tuned sport suspension, cross-drilled brake rotors and aluminum front brake calipers. Standard on the GS, GT and GT Limited is a five-speed manual transmission.

Optional Equipment

The Tiburon's optional tilt-and-slide sunroof allows in fresh air and sunshine. Aside from floor mats and a cargo net for the trunk, few other options are available on the SE, but little else is necessary. However, the GS, GT and GT Limited are available with a four-speed automatic transmission, and an Infinity(r) AM/FM/6-CD/MP3 and subwoofer is standard on the GT Limited and optional on the GT.

Under the Hood

The SE, GT and GT Limited are fitted with a 2.7-liter, V6 DOHC 24-valve engine with 172 horsepower. The Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) spreads the power broadly, although the SE's EPA fuel economy of 18/26 city/highway doesn't match some of Hyundai's more economical models. The GS has a 2.0-liter, 138-horsepower in-line 4-cylinder engine, with a choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.

2.0-liter in-line 4
138 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
136 lb.-ft. torque @4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/31 (manual), 22/30 (automatic)

2.7-liter V6
172 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
181 lb.-ft. torque @3800 rpm
EPA city/highway: 19/27 (5-speed manual), 18/26 (6-speed manual), 19/26 (automatic)

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2007 Hyundai Tiburon Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 330 Ratings for the 2003 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Awesome fun car for younger crowd

By on Saturday, March 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Style, Price, Fun, Efficient, Moonroof, Roomy"

Cons: "Shift alot; Rear brakes overutilized"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've owned mine 9 years now. It's been a crazy dependable auto. The tires are a bit pricey, but overall, the cost of maintenance has been minimal. The MPG has been pretty consistent. About 25mpg with mixed 70/30 hwy/city. In my opinion, they should have increased the gear ratio for 6th gear and it would have saved ALOT of gas on highway. I ran nothing but royal purple synthetic motor oil and she still purrs to this day... Always starts and runs smooth as silk. The 6-speed manual takes a bit of getting used to at first, the clutch doesn't really engage till last 15% of pedal. The ratio of the gears is VERY much built for quick accelerating and is why the SE version smokes all other versions. 0-100 in this car once you know how to drive it, comes pretty quick. The handling is aggressive on dry pavement, but can be a bit dicey on wet. It surprisingly doesn't do too bad in snow. It's a bit nose heavy, that's probably why. Love the room when you put the rear seats down. I hauled my complete patio furniture set. 4 swivel chairs and table..."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love my Tibby

By on Sunday, March 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my Tiburon. Out of all the cars I have owned this car has to be my favorite ride of all. outstanding power. Great looks, and comfortable. This car has been good to me and I am not going to sell it. I would rather fix any issue it may have then throw it to the curb. A GEM of a car. I have owned Cadillac , Honda, Ford, Chevy, and Toyota and never in my life thought I would love this car more than any other Make or Model."

I LOVE this car!

By on Monday, March 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, great gas mileage, well-built & safe"

Cons: "small back seat leg room"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is one of the best made cars I've ever owned and I've had alot of cars over the years. The warranty and roadside assistance can't be beat! It has always started and runs very good. It gets GREAT gas mileage. It looks SHARP and turns heads. I bought it with 4 miles on it. I wanted a stick shift, but all they had left was automatics and this is the last year they made the Tiburon. This was the first Hyundai I've ever owned and I will definitely stick with this company!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great value and Reliable

By on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "very reliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had this car for 5 years. bought it with 45k in miles. now it has 125000. the car has been so reliable i couldnt aske for a better vehicle. minus the normal wear and tear only thing that had to be replaced was the suspension at about 120k in miles. no other problems. a must buy if you can"

Awesome little sporty car

By on Friday, January 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Really fun to drive. Great mileage"

Cons: "No real cons...."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Owned this car 10 years; bought it used at 16K, now has 52K on it. Super 6 speed , great pick up, comfortable bucket leather seats.... Plus I have an extra perk-a remote start that bypasses the clutch! Great for Chicago winters! I love my car!!!"

Excellent vehicle even in the winter

By on Friday, December 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought it in 2009 with 16,000 miles on it. Best buy I have made. Speedy, looks sporty, and very stable on the road. Have snow tires for the winter and performance tires rest of year. Nice trunk space and plenty of power with this V6."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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