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2005 Hyundai Tiburon Coupe

2dr Cpe GS I4 5-Spd Manual

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2005 Hyundai Tiburon

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Overview

The 2005 Hyundai Tiburon sport coupe looks fresh with new front styling. It's a more attractive look, with a single large dark-meshed center opening in the grille flanked by fog lamp openings. Coupled with gill-like vents behind the front fender opening, the Tiburon has the look of a prowling shark, for which it is named.

The Tiburon GT is a sporty coupe with a brusque exhaust tone that makes the 172 horses from its V6 engine sound like Clydesdales. The 2.7-liter V6 is complemented with crisp handling that makes the GT fun to drive. The base Tiburon GS has a low-emission four-cylinder engine with adequate power for all traffic situations, and good handling that benefits from the sporty chassis design.

Compelling pricing makes the Tiburon an attractive proposition. The Tiburon starts at less than $16,000. A Tiburon GT V6 absolutely loaded with leather seats, sunroof, an Infinity audio system, and ABS, retails for $21,229, and the fully-loaded SE with six-speed transmission and Kenwood MP3 audio system lists for only $21,344. For comparison, the similarly equipped Mitsubishi Eclipse V6 and Toyota Celica GTS both list for over $24,000.

Hyundai has emerged as a low-cost producer of attractive cars with performance and panache. The quality of its products has improved tremendously in the past few years, according to the respected quality gurus at J.D. Power and Associates. Hyundai offers the best warranty in the business: 5 years/50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper and 10 years/100,000 miles for the powertrain.

Model Lineup

The 2005 Hyundai Tiburon is available in three models: the base GS model with four-cylinder engine, and the GT and SE with the V6. Apart from different wheels and spoilers, all three models share the same sexy lines and enjoy a comprehensive list of standard features: air conditioning; side-impact airbags, power windows, door locks, and heated mirrors; six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system; keyless entry with alarm; 16-inch alloy wheels; four wheel disc brakes; body-colored rear spoiler and dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets.

Tiburon GS ($15,999) is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 138 horsepower with a continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) system for reduced emissions. This engine is offered with a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission ($900). Just two other options are available: a package consisting of cruise control and a power tilt-and-slide sunroof ($945); and 17-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires with the cruise control/sunroof package ($1,240).

Tiburon GT ($17,999) is powered by a 2.7-liter V6 rated at 172 horsepower. Its suspension is stiffer and the wheels and tires are upgraded in size to 17-inch alloys shod with 215/45R17 Michelin Pilots. Fog lamps are standard, and the interior is dressed up with map lights, upgraded audio system, automatic temperature control, cruise control, deluxe carpeting, leather seat trim, metal/grain dash and panel trim, and leather wraps for the steering wheel and shift knob. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and buyers can also choose a four-speed automatic ($900).

GT options include a package including a power sunroof and an Infinity premium audio system with 360-watt amp with six speakers and subwoofer ($1,300); the same package with 440-watt audio amp and leather seat facings ($1,940); or buyers can go all the way and get the upgraded premium audio system, leather, and sunroof, with anti-lock braking system ($2,435).

Tiburon SE ($19,999) is equipped with the 2.7-liter V6 and six-speed manual transmission. It will come standard with all of the premium options of the GT, plus a Kenwood AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, torque, voltage, and fuel consumption gauges, aluminum foot pedals, red aluminum brake calipers, and anti-lock brake system. The power-tilt sunroof ($750) is the only available option. The SE is a late-2005 model.

Walkaround

The Hyundai Tiburon has been subtly restyled for 2005. Taking a cue from aftermarket suppliers of aero trim packages, the front bumper on the Tiburon now has a modish speed-racer look, with a single large grille opening filled by a black mesh flanked by complementary openings for the fog lamps. Sculpted edges molded into the bumper, picking up the existing feature lines on the doors and rear fenders, are echoed by similar lines in the new side mirrors. The smaller opening above the grille between the headlights now looks more like a hood scoop, suggesting a feeling of power. In the metal, the car is sleek and compact.

The Tiburon's profile looks even better when counter-pointed by the new front-end styling. A heavily raked windshield and a fastback coupe roofline that sweeps all the way to a high, abbreviated tail, is heir to classic GT coupes of the past. Hyundai's designers have accented the front fenders with vertical louvers that look like shark gills, borrowing from GT cars of the past. However, the Hyundai's distinctive sheetmetal crease sweeping upward and rearward from the front louvers gives these traditional features a new look. In the rear the fenders curve smoothly into the large, almost ovoid one-piece taillight clusters.

The rear styling on the GS and GT models is accented by a body-colored rear spoiler so neatly integrated into the rear deck lines that it's almost unobtrusive. The SE has a larger rear spoiler to differentiate it, but it too sits low on the rear deck, supported by sleek fins sprouting from the fenders and ending just where the taillights start.

Interior Features

Tiburon's interior trim is dark colored in the current tuner style, but bright trim around the center stack and switch panels on the doors relieves what would otherwise be a somber look.

The dashboard sweeps across the width of the cabin with just a smallish instrument pod and two heater vents to break up its shape. The fuel and water temperature gauges separate the round tachometer and speedometer.

The stereo system is located in a flat center console panel with large knobs for heating and ventilation located beneath. The manual transmission shifter has a short throw and is well situated for smooth shifting. A proper parking brake is located on the left side of the center console, leaving room for a cupholder and a small storage tray.

The bucket seats are okay, but not as sporty as one might hope for, as they could do with some more side support for spirited driving. We liked the cloth seats because they grip better and are cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Headroom and legroom in front are fine, on par with other cars in this class of sport coupes.

Like most sport coupes, the Tiburon is really a 2+2-seater, not a full four-seat car. Realistically, the rear seats are better used for storage than for carrying passengers, unless those passengers are shorter than five feet.

The optional 360-watt or 440-watt Infinity and Kenwood MP3 stereo systems all feature six speakers strategically located and a large subwoofer in the trunk. Crank up the volume and you're enveloped in sound.

Apart from the room taken up by the stereo's ground-pounding subwoofer, storage space is quite decent. The wide-opening liftgate and the 50/50 split folding rear seat add to its utility. A cargo net would be a helpful addition to help keep stuff in place when throwing the car around corners after a stop at the grocery store.

Driving Impressions

Driving the Tiburon GT with its V6 engine is a satisfying experience. Though boasting only 172 horsepower, the V6 revs freely to 6000 rpm, giving it a sporty feeling. The engine has a pleasantly husky sound thanks to its free-flowing exhaust. Slam the power down and the front wheels scrabble for grip, at least until the 215/45R17 Michelin Pilot tires get to work and the car sprints forward.

Shift up through the five gears and you're cruising. If you get lazy and forget to downshift as you putter around town, it's no problem as the 181 pound-feet of torque are available at low rpm. We found it'll pull reasonably well in top gear from 35 mph. The low-end torque of the Tiburon makes for a different driving experience than that of cars like the Celica GTS and Civic Si that thrive on high revs.

If you prefer an automatic transmission, go for the GT V6 and you'll not give up much in performance. When you feel like working out, the Shiftronic manual control on the automatic allows more involvement in the driving fun.

The power rack-and-pinion steering feels fine. It's precise, with just enough feedback for fast driving. With the power of the V6, torque steer in this front-wheel-drive coupe is inevitable, but it's controllable and actually kind of fun when you're driving round town. (Torque steer is a common phenomenon with high-powered front-wheel-drive cars and is usually experienced as a slight tug on the steering wheel during hard acceleration.) On the highway it's barely noticeable.

Handling is good, with little body roll. Up front are MacPherson struts, with lower links isolated by a subframe. A multi-link suspension with Chapman struts holds up the rear. All models get anti-roll bars and gas-filled shock absorbers. The sport-tuned suspension on the GT V6 has 10-percent stiffer spring rates, stiffer compression in the gas-charged shocks and thicker anti roll bars front (23mm vs. 20mm) and rear (19mm vs. 18mm).

We found the Tiburon easy to throw around in an autocross circuit laid out in the infield of Las Vegas Speedway. Like all front-drive cars, with the engine weight over the driving wheels, it tended to understeer (the front wheels lose grip before the rear wheels). However, we could compensate pretty easily using the throttle, brakes, and steering wheel, and get the rear end to come around and help the car turn in for the tight corners. The four-wheel disc brakes worked well and stopped the car quickly.

Out on the highway, and on smooth roads, the Tiburon rides well. The sports suspension and low-profile tires tend to transmit excessive harshness into the cockpit on rough road surfaces, however.

Summary

The Hyundai Tiburon is a pleasant car, enjoyable to drive. It looks sporty and is backed by Hyundai's aggressive warranty. The Tiburon GT offers a lot of value among sport coupes, money that can be spent on other things or used for aftermarket tuner accessories to turn it into the shark that its sharp styling suggests.

Model Line Overview
Base Price (MSRP)
$15,999
Model lineup:
Hyundai Tiburon ($15,999); GT V6 ($17,999); SE V6 ($19,999)
Engines:
138-hp 2.0-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4; 172-hp 2.7-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Transmissions:
5-speed manual; 6-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (Standard):
dual front airbags, dual front side-impact airbags
Safety equipment (Optional):
ABS
Basic warranty:
5 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:
Asan, South Korea
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 ($17,999)
Standard equipment:
air conditioning; six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo; power windows, mirror and locks; tilt steering wheel; power steering; cruise control; remote keyless entry with alarm; 17-inch aluminum wheels; four-wheel disc brakes; dual-chrome-tipped exhaust; sport-tuned suspension
Options as tested:
Accessory Group 06 ($2,435) includes leather seating surfaces, 440-watt Infinity AM/FM/cassette/CD stereo with subwoofer, power tilt-and-slide sunroof, ABS
Destination charge:
595
Gas Guzzler Tax:
N/A
Price as tested (MSRP)
$21,029
Layout:
front-wheel drive
Engine:
2.7-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
172 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
181 @ 4000 rpm
Transmission:
5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
19/26 mpg.
Wheelbase:
99.6 in.
Length/width/height:
173.0/69.3/52.3 in.
Track, f/r:
58.7/58.7 in.
Turning circle:
35.8 ft.
Seating capacity:
4
Head/hip/leg room, f:
38.0/51.6/43.1 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:
N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:
34.4/44.7/29.9 in.
Cargo volume:
14.7 cu. ft.
Payload:
N/A
Towing capacity:
N/A
Suspension F:
independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension R:
independent, Chapman struts, multiple links, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:
N/A
Curb weight:
3023 lbs.
Tires:
P215/45R17
Brakes, f/r:
disc/disc with ABS in.
Fuel capacity:
14.5 gal.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 5 Years/60,000 MilesDrivetrain: 10 Years/100,000 MilesCorrosion: 5 Years/100,000 MilesRoadside Assistance: 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Hyundai Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

120-months/100,000-mile Powertrain warranty from original in-service date.
Age/Mileage Eligibility up to 5 model years old w/ less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
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Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 10-Year/Unlimited Mileage from In-Service Date
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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