1999 Hyundai Tiburon

  • 1999 Hyundai Tiburon Base Hatchback

    Base Hatchback

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      2.0L I4
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  • 1999 Hyundai Tiburon FX Hatchback

    FX Hatchback

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      2.0L I4
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1999 Hyundai Tiburon Review

High-end handling at an entry-level cost.

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The 1999 Hyundai Tiburon classifies as a compact coupe. It comes in two trim levels—the base trim and the FX trim. Both contain a two-liter engine with 140 horsepower, but the Tiburon definitely focuses more on styling and profiling than blazing fast performance. The Tiburon looks stylish and appeals to financially impaired, style-conscious buyers.

The Range

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

What's New

There have been no significant changes to the 1999 Hyundai Tiburon. Revised option packages make up most of the changes to the Tiburon for 1999. Popular option packages have been grouped into simpler packages. Options include a power or tilt sunroof, air-conditioning, and a six-speaker AM/FM stereo with a CD player. The FX upgrades to include a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, power windows and door locks, a rear spoiler, and aluminum alloy wheels. Anti-lock brakes, a leather interior, and cruise control provide additional options for the FX.


The Tiburon measures 68.1 inches wide with a length of 170.9 inches. The Tiburon’s height reaches 51.7 inches. Both trim levels come with 14-inch wheels. The 1999 Hyundai Tiburon looks sexy and sleek with stylish and distinctive curves. The look appeals to younger buyers who want a sportier-looking car without an expensive price tag.


The Tiburon’s interior looks attractive, but it feels somewhat snug with a seating capacity of four occupants. Taller car buyers may be better off going with no sunroof, as it allows for a few more inches of headspace. Most adult passengers find the back seat less than accommodating. These seats do fold down for added cargo space. That said, seating up front feels very comfortable for most, especially for longer road trips where comfort remains of upmost importance.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Hyundai Tiburon is not the fastest vehicle on the road, but it handles great. However, this car does experience some body roll. The driving experience remains very pleasant at a lower speed. The Hyundai Tiburon accelerates and passes just fine thanks to its two-liter, four-cylinder engine, which is more than adequate for a car of its size.


The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), has not conducted crash tests for the 1999 Hyundai Tiburon. Likewise, no crash-test ratings appear from the Insurance Institute for (Highway Safety IIHS).

EPA Fuel Economy

Hyundai Tiburon: 22/31 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Gorgeous look
  • Inexpensive
  • Good fuel economy
  • Great sound system
  • Comfortable interior
  • Zippy engine
  • Good handling

You Won't Like

  • Lots of squeaks and rattles
  • Repairs and replacement parts can be pricey
  • Scratches easily
  • Small back seats
  • Small trunk space and cargo area

Sum Up

High-end handling at an entry-level cost.

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