2006 Hyundai Tiburon

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2006 Hyundai Tiburon

Key specs

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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

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • GS


  • GT


  • SE


Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2006 Hyundai Tiburon trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

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

2006 Hyundai Tiburon review: Our expert's take

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.

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.

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.

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Very sporty little car

This was a gift to my wife. When we started our family we traded her's in. I made a promise that when I was in a position to get her one I would do it.


Sporty yet very economical

Absolutely loved this car since the day I bought it 10 yrs ago. Very strong & peppy with great handling. Hwy mileage 31mpg. Stunning looking and really grabs peoples attention. Did oil changes regularly and maintenance as scheduled. Never had any issues with this vehicle.


On my second Tib!

Like to start off by saying that I enjoy flipping cars for profit and started my journey trading my first 08 tib gs a few years back and in the meanwhile i have owned over 40 different cars finally ending back with a 2006 gt! The tiburon is the best car I have ever owned. So unique and well made compared to its competition of its years. The body is timeless and the interior was heated seat shy of lexus and bmw of its years on inside quality. The car handles extremely well and is a fantastic winter daily with a couple of studded tires on the front if you live in a state that gets lots of snow like i do. My 06 Tiburon currently has 182,xxx miles with a recent valve cover gasket repair and 0 current maintenance required! My first tiburon had 165k when i sold it after driving it for 95 thousand miles only needing to replace the clutch and brakes once! These cars are beyond reliable. These cars were made at a time Hyundai was seriously trying to fix their bad name and made some very quality cars as seen so underrated to many even yet today

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