The Tiburon is indeed tired, but the basic car has been on the market for years, and Hyundai has been busy refining its Santa Fe and Veracruz crossovers, making its Sonata mid-size sedan into a credible Honda Accord competitor, and developing its new flagship sedan, the rear-wheel-drive Genesis, which will also spawn a coupe. The company has been able to give only passing attention to its sport-compact coupe, but it's my understanding that Hyundai will still build a new-generation Tiburon, since the Genesis will play in a more expensive segment.
Dr. Dong Jin Kim, Hyundai's vice-chairman, recently admitted that "in the past few years, we neglected the small-car segment," so it's little surprise that the Tiburon is past its prime. What you've got here is a car that still appeals to people based on its styling, even though we find it ersatz; its economy; and its ability to be gussied up with all manner of aftermarket street tuning equipment. For my money, I'd much rather have a Scion tC, a cheeky little coupe that's newer, better looking, and better built than the Tib.
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor