The Tiburon is probably the coolest car in the Hyundai lineup right now, but it is definitely long in the tooth. Although the ride is a little brittle, the Tib at least is more fun to drive when you start pushing it, which is one reason it remains popular with street tuners. That said, at normal speeds, the Tiburon doesn't feel as special as a small hatchback coupe with sporting intentions should.
The hatch itself definitely enhances interior space, but it just adds to the excessive wind and road noise that filter into the cabin. The interior design is quite nice, although the materials aren't great. The Kenwood head unit looks cool but is hard to use because of its shallow knobs and small buttons.
Since Hyundai has positioned itself as the more refined of the Hyundai/Kia team, I wonder if the tuner-car-wannabe Tiburon will disappear completely (or perhaps become a Kia) when the upcoming Genesis coupe arrives.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor