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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 New for 2007

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 341 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

Very satisfied.

By on Saturday, May 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Inexpensive, very reliable, great gas mileage"

Cons: "Not much power, replace timing belt every 60,000"

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

"Reliable, fun to drive, sharp looking, outstanding gas mileage. The timing belt has to be changed every 60,000 miles, the 4 cylinder engine is little more than adequate, after 9 years a spot of rust appeared in the wheel well and a little water somehow gets into the spare tire compartment."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

The best car I've had!

By on Monday, April 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 131,650

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

Pros: "Long lasting and reliable. Sleek!"

Cons: "It's just getting old."

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

"This little car has done me right! It is sleek, affordable, reliable and has hauled just about everything you could imagine. My husband calls it my work truck."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Can't kill it!

By on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,589

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "runs like new, cheap to maintain, head turner"

Cons: "cop magnet"

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

"Bought new in 2006, got a great deal as it was on the lot for almost a year. (no one wanted lemon yellow). Car still drives like new with regular maintenance, and replaced engine mounts which had worn out due to aggressive driving. only complaint is the rot under edge of front hood (probably from the bra). Car runs and looks new, is worth way more than KBB value."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great, Great Car

By on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Quality, responsiveness, soundness"

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

"I had the Tiburon GT V6 6 speed for 8 years. Never cost me a dime other than the usual (tires and oil changes). And its not like it was babied, driven like it was stolen quite often. Unfortunately I rear ended somebody last week and totalled it. I have no doubts that this car would have ran for at least another 100,000 km virtually maintenance free. Amazing, sporty, well built little car. RIP Ruby."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Beautiful, fun and amazingly reliable

By on Thursday, October 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 141,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliability, fun, interior and exterior design"

Cons: "Best for 5'11" and under. Subpar gas mileage."

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

"Best car I've ever owned (22 years of driving). Not only is it a fun car to drive (as long as you're small enough to be comfortable in it), but through 141,000 miles I've had little-to-no trouble with it and it's still running great. I hope to keep it another 2-3 years, at least. The most serious surprise servicing I've had done is to replace a faulty fuel sensor at about 80,000 miles. Other than that, just normal wear-and-tear replacement parts like brake rotors and such."

4 people out of 12 found this review helpful

As close to a Ferrari passenger car as you can get

By on Friday, October 2, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Performs and looks like a sportscar 4 Xs its cost"

Cons: "Original clutch system only negative"

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

"The tiburon is a gem. Handles like a true sports car. Quick, stable, marvelous in turns. 6 speed transmission is really tough and solid. Very comfortable, I am 6'3' and have plenty of room. It looks very much like a Ferrari 456 GT and it is as close to a really good sports car as you can get without spending tens of thousands. It is an outstanding car. Reliable, durable, and stylish."

3 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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