1998 Hyundai Tiburon

  • 1998 Hyundai Tiburon Base Hatchback

    Base Hatchback

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      2.0L I4
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  • 1998 Hyundai Tiburon FX Hatchback

    FX Hatchback

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      2.0L I4
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1998 Hyundai Tiburon Review

A stylish sport coupe with a rock bottom price tag.

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The 1998 Hyundai Tiburon classifies as an aggressive sport coupe targeted predominately at the entry-level market. In its price range, the Tiburon has one of the most powerful engines, offering good performance and handling in the process. Many mid-range coupes, especially sport coupes, outpace the Tiburon, but budget-minded drivers looking for something fun to drive find the Tiburon very appealing.

One of the most striking things about the Tiburon comes from its stylish exterior. The Tiburon looks smooth, graceful, and expensive. Some drivers might not be able to shake that the Tiburon looks like it should move much faster than it does, but it still has style and flair. The Hyundai Tiburon makes a strong impression on anyone who sees it, which might be enough for some drivers to consider it.

The Range

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

What's New

The 1998 Hyundai Tiburon now upgrades to a two-liter, four-cylinder engine.


Measuring 170.9 inches long, the Hyundai Tiburon makes for a relatively tiny two-door hatchback. One of the nicest aspects of the Tiburon concerns its aesthetics and exterior styling. The 1998 Hyundai Tiburon looks graceful, sleek, and better than more expensive coupes on the market. The Tiburon looks like a sports car from every angle.

Still, the 1998 Hyundai Tiburon FX has a pretty small list of features with power locks, power windows, and power mirrors. Options include a power moonroof, keyless entry, and anti-theft alarm system.


Like most Hyundai models, the Tiburon is thrifty when it comes to standard equipment. An AM/FM radio and cassette player provide the only standard features for all models. Cruise control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, air-conditioning, and a CD player provide optional equipment, which gives the Tiburon a slightly more robust list of features than most Hyundai vehicles.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Hyundai Tiburon has good performance, although it does not offer as much as the stylish exterior suggests. The two-liter, four-cylinder engine delivers 140 horsepower, which makes the Tiburon very perky to operate, if not outright fast. The Tiburon feels quite nimble, like many small vehicles, so it handles turns and curves with ease. The Tiburon handles very well compared to vehicles in the same price range, but it cannot compete with more expensive vehicles.


Dual front airbags come standard on all 1998 Hyundai Tiburon models. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes provide an optional feature on the Tiburon FX.

EPA Fuel Economy

Hyundai Tiburon: 20/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

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

You Won't Like

  • Better-equipped sport coupes from mid-range manufacturers

Sum Up

A stylish sport coupe with a rock bottom price tag.

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