2004 Hyundai Tiburon

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

173.0” x 52.3”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Handling
  • Steering ease
  • Manual-shift clutch operation
  • Supportive seats

The bad:

  • Ride comfort in the GT
  • Road and tire noise in the GT
  • Six-speed-gearbox operation
  • Recessed-gauge readability
  • Passenger space

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available six-speed manual
  • Available 17-inch tires
  • All-disc brakes
  • Three transmission choices

2004 Hyundai Tiburon review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Hyundai entered the sport-coupe market in 1997 with the first-generation Tiburon, which joined the South Korean company’s line of value-priced sedans. A “harder-edge” design emerged for the 2000 model year.

After sitting out the 2002 model year, a new Tiburon returned as an early 2003 model. Changes to this year’s Tiburon are modest. The four-cylinder engine gains continuously variable valve timing, and the V-6 adds 2 horsepower. The interior trim has been revised and the option packages simplified. The current front-wheel-drive Tiburon is built on a unique platform with a front subframe.

Styled in South Korea, the Tiburon coupe blends straight and curved lines in what Hyundai calls an effort to “emphasize vitality and strength.” The body features a high belt line and a “chopped” greenhouse with a steeply raked windshield and back window. Large, low-profile, high-performance tires help to impart an aggressive stance. The Tiburon is equipped with all-disc brakes, a fully independent suspension, and front and rear stabilizer bars.

At 99.6 inches, the Tiburon’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than in previous models. The car’s overall length has increased by 2.1 inches to an even 173 inches. Fog lamps are standard, and a power moonroof is optional.

When equipped with the V-6 engine and six-speed-manual gearbox, the GT V6 coupe gets a handling package that includes 17-inch tires and a tighter suspension. Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires on the base model. A body-colored rear spoiler is installed on the GT.

The South Korean automaker says headroom, legroom and shoulder room are larger in the 2004 model than in prior Tiburons, and cargo volume totals 14.7 cubic feet. Leather seating surfaces are available in the GT V6 coupe. A six-speaker stereo with a CD player is standard in the base Tiburon. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power windows and locks, and a tilt steering column. The GT gets aluminum pedals.

Under the Hood
Hyundai borrowed the GT V6’s 2.7-liter dual-overhead-cam V-6 engine from the Sonata sedan and Santa Fe sport utility vehicle. Rated at 172 hp, it works with one of three available transmissions: a four-speed Shiftronic automatic, a five-speed manual or a six-speed manual. The base Tiburon carries a 138-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that mates with either the four-speed or five-speed gearbox.

Side-impact airbags are standard, and antilock brakes are optional.

Driving Impressions
The Tiburon’s shapely lines don’t translate to the appealing driving experience that drivers expect. The GT’s ride is bouncy on rough pavement, but rebound is well controlled. Even though the car stays properly on course, it doesn’t impart a full sense of security.

Handling is good; the GT coupe steers easily and maneuvers with some nimbleness in corners. The Tiburon is stable on the highway and takes curves reasonably well, but it falls short of some rivals. Road and tire sounds are prominent, but the engine is, if anything, too quiet for easy manual gear shifting. The six-speed gearbox is notchy and somewhat stiff, but the clutch engages smoothly for easy takeoffs. The seats are supportive, legroom and elbowroom are good, but headroom is meager.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior 4.1
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.4
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews


Tiburon gt v6

I current own this car it runs great I bought it it was sitting for 4 years and it started right up with a good battery I've had to replace a few things but I put a tune up and it rides like a dream the gas mileage is great if you do the speed limit but I've had fun with it it is very reliable when you get everything done right I give a solid 8/10


Awesome car

I love my 04 Hyundai tiberon gt v6 2.7l I wish it could be easier to upgrade my motor cause it’s stock not the supercharge one


Most fun and reliable car I have owned yet.

Beautiful, similar to a Porsche in design, fast, great handling, good on gas, very comfortable, a true sports car for the normal working man. The blue HID lights pair great with the exterior color of the car.

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Based on the 2004 Hyundai Tiburon base trim.
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Frontal passenger
Nhtsa rollover rating
Side driver


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Hyundai
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 80,000 miles; less than 7 years old (currently MY18- MY24)
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of the 5-Year/60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
10-Yr/100K-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
Dealer certification required
173-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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