2008 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6

David Yochum

Since its introduction, the Tiburon has never really gotten a lot of attention from the public. Hyundai, too, seems to have forgotten its "sports car" and put all its energy into its SUVs and more recently the Genesis sedan.

As with many Hyundais, the Tiburon's exterior design is an amalgamation of design cues from various makes. If you squint your eyes, the front end of this car looks like a baby Jaguar XK/Aston Martin, which is not a bad thing. The hatchback is definitely more user-friendly than a trunk which is great because, as in most coupes, the Hyundai's back seat is hard to access and offers little storage space.

The interior is tight but nice, and the cool blue lighting on the gauges and controls dress up the interior. Although the red seat inserts are presumably supposed to give the Tiburon a sporty feel, they seem out of place and clash with the blue lighting.

The driving experience is mediocre and the Tiburon feels only slightly more like a sports car than Hyundai's more pedestrian Sonata sedan. The steering is uncommunicative but direct and although the gearshifter is notchy, the clutch take-up is linear. Low-end grunt is minimal but there is enough midrange power to manage highway merging and passing without too much drama.

Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor

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