2000 Tiburon New Car Test Drive
New styling has given a fresh appearance to the Hyundai Tiburon, while a higher level of standard equipment improves its value.
Its design is even bolder than last year. But its spirited performance hasn't changed, with a 140-horsepower 2.0-liter engine, a fully independent sports suspension and four-wheel disc brakes with optional ABS. The Tiburon offers a good bang for the buck as most sport coupes with this level of performance come at a higher price, while similarly priced coupes can't match the Tiburon's performance.
It is a fun car to drive. It's balanced well in corners. It offers brisk acceleration performance. And it's backed by Hyundai's warranty, which has been extended to five years or 60,000 miles. It comes with five years worth of free 24-hour roadside assistance that covers emergency towing and lockout service. So the Tiburon is a great value wrapped in a sporty package.
The base model has been dropped in favor of one well-appointed Tiburon that retails for $13,999. Standard equipment has been added without raising the price. Air conditioning, power windows, four-wheel disc brakes, 15-inch alloy wheels, a rear wiper/washer with intermittent mode and other features that came on last year's FX model are now standard.
A twin-cam 2.0-liter engine rated at 140 horsepower powers Tiburon. An automatic transmission is available for $750.
Sporty full cloth seat trim is standard. A leather package ($2,475) features two-tone leather seats, steering wheel and shift knob along with a rear spoiler, cassette/CD upgrade and power sunroof. ABS adds another $775.