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2006 Hyundai Tiburon Hatchback

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Hyundai Tiburon Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 138 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2006 Hyundai Tiburon

  • With clean styling, optional V6 power and a generous warranty, the 2006 Hyundai Tiburon would seem a top sport coupe choice. Alas, a few too many pounds, ho-hum engine outputs and a less-than-athletic suspension keep it a few paces off the leading budget sport coupes.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Predictable driving dynamics, clean interior styling, generous standard equipment list, reasonable price, great warranty.

  • Cons

    Considerable curb weight takes its toll on performance, V6 is thirsty at the pumps, weak acceleration with base four-cylinder.

  • What's New for 2006

    A GT Limited trim level, featuring beige leather seating and a 440-watt Infinity audio system, has been added for 2006.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

I love my tiburon

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Vehicle: 2006 Hyundai Tiburon GS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

It was used with 21,500 miles on it. I bought it right off the bat. I haven't had any trouble with it what so ever. I'm actually looking into tuning it up. It handles like no other and the ride is smooth. The sound system is great for being stock. The mpg is great too. I live in Idaho and I drove to Salt Lake City, Utah and back on 1/2 tank of gas and it's about a 4 or 5 hour drive from where I live.

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Love the car

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Vehicle: 2006 Hyundai Tiburon GS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I bought my tiburon new only had 45 miles on it and I loved everything about it. I want to say that it is a safe car. I was recently in a accident. July 6th. I hit 4 trees going over 100 mph. Not sure why I was doing that fast. My memory of the crash is gone and before the crash so I cant say what I was doing. But I don't have any broken bones or any serious injuries. I see pictures of the car after the crash and I say I am lucky to be alive. I think the car had a lot to do with it. Thanks Hyundai for building such a safe car!

Transmission issues

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Vehicle: 2006 Hyundai Tiburon GS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Brought brand new in Jan of 06. Car is has been fun to drive over the past 1.5 yrs but have had numerous problems with the car.BCM unit needed to be replaced, now transmission. Hyundai warranty will not cover much. Hyundai is refusing to fix my transmission because I upgraded the spark plugs and sparks plug wiring for the 30K service. They are considering the upgrade performance parts therefore voiding my warranty. I will not buy another Hyundai, if you paid me, they pulled the same thing on me when my clutch need replaced on my 03 Elantra after 12k miles.

I love i

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Vehicle: 2006 Hyundai Tiburon GS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

i bought my "Tib" in march 07" and i love it. even though there is not much to do under the hood. there is a lo you can do with the look. And at a great price too.


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Vehicle: 2006 Hyundai Tiburon GS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I love my Tiburon! It's fabulous. A great guy car or girl car.

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Vehicle: 2006 Hyundai Tiburon GS 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

i recently purchased in GS in July and was very satified with it, beings the fact i am only 16. i really wanted to get the v6 so i could keep up with my friends who own VW GTI VR6s. But insurance was crazy for me. The interior is very nice, more comfortable than any honda or mazda i have been in.

Full 2006 Hyundai Tiburon Review

What's New for 2006

A GT Limited trim level, featuring beige leather seating and a 440-watt Infinity audio system, has been added for 2006.


The Hyundai Tiburon received a full redesign in 2003, and the changes that were rendered nudged the nameplate upmarket. Much has been made of the styling; in profile, it could almost be a body double for a Ferrari 456 GT, due mostly to its rising beltline, scooped outside detail and sweeping roofline.

"Pinched waist" side sculpting and slick alloy wheels wearing performance tires complete the car's head-turning looks. Compared to the lightweights of the sport coupe class, the Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 is plump at just over 3,000 pounds and this, along with soft suspension tuning, limits its handling abilities. If you're an enthusiast looking for a car to drive hard on the back roads, the Civic Si or Cooper S would be a better bet. On the flip side, the 2006 Hyundai Tiburon is a good fit for the vast majority of buyers who want something that looks stylish and sporty, yet is comfortable enough for everyday driving. Add in a long list of standard equipment and affordable pricing, and this Hyundai car is certainly worth a look.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The Hyundai Tiburon coupe is available in GS, GT, GT Limited and SE trims. Standard equipment for the GS includes air conditioning, six-speaker stereo with CD player, side airbags, sport seats, power windows and locks, keyless entry, foglamps, four-wheel disc brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. The GT adds automatic climate control, cruise control, a trip computer, 17-inch wheels and a more dramatic rear spoiler. The GT Limited includes leather seats, a sunroof and 440-watt Infinity audio system. The sporty SE includes red front brake calipers, ABS, foglamps, a high-mounted rear spoiler, aluminum pedals, manual-control air conditioning, metal grain interior trim, a Kenwood CD/MP3 audio system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The SE also features auxiliary torque, voltmeter and vacuum gauges.

Powertrains and Performance

The GS comes with a 138-hp, 2.0-liter inline four. Step up to the GT or SE, and you're rewarded with a 2.7-liter V6 rated at 172 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. The GS and GT are available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, while the SE can be had with either a six-speed manual or the automatic. The GT and SE feature a tauter ride, thanks to higher spring rates, stiffer shock absorbers and larger antiroll bars.


All Tiburons come standard with seat-mounted side airbags for front occupants. Four-wheel disc brakes are also included; antilock brakes are standard on the SE and optional on all other models. In NHTSA crash tests, the Hyundai Tiburon earned a full five stars for driver protection in frontal impacts and four stars for the front passenger. Side-impact testing returned a four-star rating.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2006 Hyundai Tiburon has a simple but handsome cockpit. At first glance, it's evident that the interior designers wanted to impart a high-quality look and feel to the cabin. Everything is laid out in a straightforward fashion free of gimmickry. Fiddle with the climate control knobs, and the silky fluidity with which they move would do a Honda proud. Bolstered sport seats help keep occupants in place during enthusiastic cornering, and the large speedometer and tachometer are easy to read at a glance.

Driving Impressions

The four-cylinder engine provides barely adequate power for this 3,000-pound coupe, so upgrading to the V6-powered GT or SE is strongly encouraged. When the Tiburon is driven hard, it lacks the athleticism of its lighter weight competitors. Its V6 is confident but not eager, its steering is a bit slow and numb, and it's heavy for a sport coupe. However, when driven in a relaxed manner, this Hyundai car performs capably and delivers a smooth ride.

Talk About The 2006 Tiburon

Gas Mileage


  • 21
  • cty
  • 28
  • highway
Calculate Yearly Fuel Costs
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