The 2007 Hyundai Tiburon classifies as a two-door sport coupe that seats up to four passengers in a 2+2 layout and comes in four different trims. Based on the trim level, Hyundai offers two different engines. Also, the trim determines the standard transmission. With the launch of the 2007 models, the sport coupe shows a minor refresh, with both exterior and interior style changes made to all models.
Body Styles: two-door 2+2 coupe
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Hyundai Tiburon GS, Hyundai Tiburon GT, Hyundai Tiburon SE, Hyundai Tiburon GT Limited
Across the line, all 2007 Hyundai Tiburon models receive an exterior and interior design update. Exterior changes include new headlights and taillights, redesigned front and rear fasciae, a new hood, new front fenders, and new exhaust tips. Inside, gauges feature blue backlighting. Chrome accents decorate the cabin, and the audio system offers MP3 capability. All models now include a standard tire pressure monitoring system. In addition to these changes, the SE model of the 2007 Tiburon also gains standard traction and stability controls, a full-size spare tire, larger cross-drilled brake rotors, and a track-tuned suspension.
If the previous Tiburon models caught attention, the changes made to the exterior of the 2007 models look even more attractive. As well as redesigning the front and back, a side crease and accent further improve the look and flow of the lines of the car. Split-spoke alloy wheels provide the final piece in the upscale look of the 2007 Hyundai Tiburon.
Like the exterior, the interior design makes the 2007 Tiburon stand out from the crowd. Overall, the cabin has a simple and clean look with instruments, gauges, and controls all laid out in a clear and functional manner. The addition of the blue backlit gauges and chrome trim give a high-impact and high-quality impression upon entering the sport coupe.
While the 2007 Hyundai Tiburon uses a 2+2 layout, the rear seats seem difficult to get into and out of. Both leg and headroom feel limited in the rear due to the size of the car and the sloped roof. Most adults feel uncomfortable sitting in the rear for anything longer than a very short journey. The front seats sit low but offer plenty of legroom, and both the driver and passenger seem more than comfortable in the bolstered seats.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 Hyundai Tiburon base GS model comes equipped with a two-liter, four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission, providing 138 horsepower. A four-speed automatic transmission provides an option for the base model. All three of the higher trim models use a 2.7-liter, V-6 engine that produces 172 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. The GT and GT Limited models offer a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. The SE model comes with a six-speed manual transmission only.
The base four-cylinder engine seems overwhelmed by the 2007 Hyundai Tiburon, so almost all drivers feel disappointed in the lack of acceleration and power with this engine choice. Upgrading to the V-6 with a manual transmission provides plenty of power and thrust in all driving conditions. The 2007 Hyundai Tiburon handles well but feels less agile than many of its competitors. The comfort level remains good with a smooth and quiet ride.
Standard safety equipment for all 2007 Hyundai Tiburon models includes anti-lock brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system, and front side airbags. The SE model also includes traction control and electronic stability control. These systems remain unavailable for any other models. In crash testing, the Tiburon earns a perfect score for driver protection. It receives four out of five stars in side impacts for front-passenger protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Tiburon four-cylinder: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Tiburon V-6: 20/24 mpg city/highway
- Upscale interior and exterior design
- Long list of standard features
You Won't Like
- Disappointing engine power
- Cramped rear area
Upgraded interiors and a sportier exterior provide the best parts of this sport coupe.
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