2008 Hyundai Tiburon

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2008 Hyundai Tiburon Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Hyundai Tiburon was new.

The Tiburon ranks in the bottom half of its class because, despite a sporty ride wrapped in an attractive package, it can't match the performance abilities and interior accommodations of competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Good V6 power
  • Beautiful, sleek exterior styling
  • Good quality for its price
  • Disappointing performance from base transmissions
  • Cramped back seats
  • Some safety features not available on all trim levels

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Hyundai Tiburon has a score of 7.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 29 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 6.5
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 8.8 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2008 Hyundai Tiburon Overview

Reviewers find the 2008 Hyundai Tiburon to be a sporty-looking car with a reasonable price tag. Car and Driver calls it a "composed commuter, an accomplished tourer, and an acceptably sporty back-roads burner." More than anything, however, it looks great.

While it may not lead its class, the Tiburon does garner a great deal of praise from reviewers who think it offers impressive bang for the buck. In fact, the '08 Tiburon is designated as an IntelliChoice Best In Class Winner for "Lowest Repair Costs." Even so, the Tiburon doesn't have enough oomph to satisfy real thrill seekers. If you're looking for a vehicle that has the power to back its bad-boy looks, check out the all-new Nissan 370Z. It's expected to keep pace with class leaders like the MX-5 Miata and S2000. But if you don't need the power, the Eclipse makes a good choice too.

The Tiburon will be discontinued after the 2008 model year. It is currently available in GS, GT, GT Limited and SE trim levels.

  • "Hyundai's entry level sports coupe has wooed almost a quarter million buyers worldwide with its great looks, and like the previous generation, this coupe looks champagne expensive with a beer-bottle price tag." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "If you want a new sports car but don't want to spend a lot, the Tiburon is worth considering." -- Automotive.com

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