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2006 Hyundai Tiburon

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Coupe
4 Seats
22-27 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

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

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2006 Hyundai Tiburon
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available 17-inch tires
  • All-disc ABS
  • GS base model
  • New GT Limited model

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Hyundai entered the sport-coupe market in 1997 with its first-generation Tiburon. After sitting out the 2002 season, a new Tiburon returned as an early 2003 model.

Design enhancements for 2005 included a new grille, lower fascia, headlights and fog lamps. A new entry-level GS model became available. Continuously variable valve timing was added to the four-cylinder engine installed in the GS. GT and top-level SE models are also offered.

A new GT Limited trim has joined the Tiburon group for the 2006 model year. The GT Limited coupe features beige leather seating surfaces, side repeater lights, a power glass moonroof and a 440-watt Infinity audio system with an in-dash six-CD changer.

All 2006 Tiburons have fog lamps, and the GS can be equipped with a moonroof. A trip computer is installed on GT models for 2006.


Exterior
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 short greenhouse, with a steeply raked windshield and back window. Tiburons are equipped with all-disc brakes, a fully independent suspension, and front and rear stabilizer bars.

Built on a 99.6-inch wheelbase, the Tiburon is 173 inches long overall. A deck-lid spoiler is mounted on the GT coupe, which has 17-inch alloy wheels. The SE model gets a high deck spoiler. The GS has standard 16-inch wheels, but 17-inch wheels are available.


Interior
Up to four people can fit i...
Vehicle Overview
Hyundai entered the sport-coupe market in 1997 with its first-generation Tiburon. After sitting out the 2002 season, a new Tiburon returned as an early 2003 model.

Design enhancements for 2005 included a new grille, lower fascia, headlights and fog lamps. A new entry-level GS model became available. Continuously variable valve timing was added to the four-cylinder engine installed in the GS. GT and top-level SE models are also offered.

A new GT Limited trim has joined the Tiburon group for the 2006 model year. The GT Limited coupe features beige leather seating surfaces, side repeater lights, a power glass moonroof and a 440-watt Infinity audio system with an in-dash six-CD changer.

All 2006 Tiburons have fog lamps, and the GS can be equipped with a moonroof. A trip computer is installed on GT models for 2006.


Exterior
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 short greenhouse, with a steeply raked windshield and back window. Tiburons are equipped with all-disc brakes, a fully independent suspension, and front and rear stabilizer bars.

Built on a 99.6-inch wheelbase, the Tiburon is 173 inches long overall. A deck-lid spoiler is mounted on the GT coupe, which has 17-inch alloy wheels. The SE model gets a high deck spoiler. The GS has standard 16-inch wheels, but 17-inch wheels are available.


Interior
Up to four people can fit inside the Tiburon. Air conditioning, keyless entry, a CD stereo, and power windows, locks and mirrors are standard in all Tiburons. Automatic temperature control and cloth upholstery with leather bolsters are installed in the GT model. The seats in the GT feature red stitching, which complements the leather-wrapped steering wheel. Leather seating surfaces are available in the GT. The SE coupe has aluminum pedals, metal-grain trim, a trio of auxiliary gauges and a Kenwood CD/MP3 audio system. Cargo volume totals 14.7 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
Rated at an estimated 172 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, the 2.7-liter V-6 teams with either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission in GT models or a six-speed manual in the SE. The GS carries a 138-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that mates with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual.

Safety
Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and antilock brakes are standard.

Driving Impressions
The Tiburon's shapely lines don't quite translate to the sporty driving experience one might expect. In performance-oriented models, the ride is bouncy on rough pavement. 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. Stable on the highway, the Tiburon takes curves reasonably well, but it falls short of some rivals. Road and tire noise is prominent, but the engine — if anything — is too quiet for easy manual gear shifting. Hyundai's six-speed gearbox is notchy and somewhat stiff, but the clutch engages smoothly.

The Tiburon's seats are supportive. Legroom and elbow space are good, but headroom is meager.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
29 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

249000 Miles because of the Service Department

by ChicagoLinda from Barrington, Il on November 4, 2018

My 2006 Tiberon keeps running because of the excellent service that I receive from VICTOR and the staff at Hyundai of Palatine. 249,000 miles. Victor and the staff make sure the tTeron receives a 27 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Unique Customized Car Tiburon Tuscany GT 2006

by ANGEL TUSCANY from Miami on August 26, 2018

THIS CAR IS PERFECT FOR DRIVING ,HAS GREAT SPORT STYLE ,RELIABILITY WITH A UNIQUE DESIGN . A LOT OF WORK DONE FOR OVER A YEAR DOING MANY UPDATES AT THE END IS BEAUTIFUL Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2006 Hyundai Tiburon currently has 1 recall


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tiburon received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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