1997 Hyundai Tiburon

  • 1997 Hyundai Tiburon Base Hatchback

    Base Hatchback

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    • SEATS
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      1.8L I4
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  • 1997 Hyundai Tiburon FX Hatchback

    FX Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
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1997 Hyundai Tiburon Review

A steal for the price.

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The 1997 Hyundai Tiburon is an aggressive sports coupe targeted predominately at the entry-level market. In its price range, the Tiburon has one of the most powerful engines on the market, offering good performance and handling in the process. Many mid-range coupes, especially sports coupes, can outpace it, but budget-minded drivers looking for something fun to drive are going to find it very appealing.

The 1997 Hyundai Tiburon gets a strikingly stylish exterior. Smooth and graceful, it looks like a much more expensive vehicle than it really is. Some drivers might not be able to shake that it looks like it should be much faster than it really is. It makes a strong impression on anyone, which may be enough for some drivers to consider it.

The Range

Body Styles: hatchback
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Tiburon, Hyundai Tiburon FX

What's New

The 1997 Hyundai Tiburon is a new model, although conceptually it is not entirely new since it is a reimagined version of a concept car that was developed in 1993.


The 1997 Hyundai Tiburon is a relatively tiny two-door hatchback, measuring at 170.9 inches long. It looks like a sports car from every angle. One of the nicest aspects of the Tiburon is the aesthetics and exterior styling. Furthermore, it's a graceful, sleek vehicle that looks better than other expensive coupes on the market.


The 1997 Hyundai Tiburon is thrifty when it comes to standard equipment; standard features on all models include an AM/FM radio and cassette player. The FX adds a small list of standard equipment with power locks, windows, and mirrors. Available optional features include a power moonroof, keyless entry, anti-theft alarm system, cruise control, leather trim steering wheel, air-conditioning, and a CD player. These amenities give the Tiburon a slightly more robust potential features list than most Hyundai vehicles.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Hyundai Tiburon has good performance, although it does not offer as much as the stylish exterior suggests. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is capable of delivering 130 horsepower, whereas the two-liter four-cylinder engine is capable of delivering 140 horsepower. In either case, it's very perky to operate, if not outright fast. Since it handles turns and curves with ease, it proves to be quite nimble like many small vehicles.


The 1997 Hyundai Tiburon comes with standard dual-front airbags, and optional four-wheel anti-lock brakes are only available on the Tiburon FX.

EPA Fuel Economy

Hyundai Tiburon 1.8-liter four-cylinder: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Tiburon 2.0-liter four-cylinder: 18/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Fun to drive
  • Low price tag
  • Good gas mileage
  • Stylish exterior

You Won't Like

  • Strong competition

Sum Up

A steal for the price.

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