2008 Hyundai Tiburon vs. Its Competition

2008 Hyundai Tiburon
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

For all but a few drivers, front-wheel-drive coupes represent a car for a particular moment in time.

Editors from TheCarConnection.com don't foresee legions of repeat Tiburon buyers; one can drive an inexpensive front-wheel-drive coupe for only so long before the needs and/or opportunities of life cause a shift in vehicles driven.

Knowing that you'll likely own, at most, one or two cars like the 2008 Hyundai Tiburon in your lifetime, choose wisely.

The Scion tC and Mitsubishi Eclipse are capable coupes, but the Tiburon provides V-6 power for a four-cylinder's price.

As for the Chevrolet Cobalt, unless you're considering the turbocharged Cobalt SS, don't bother--except if you're renting.

Coupes like these are overwhelmingly purchased based on style, so drive what looks good to your eyes.

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7.2
As good as 2008 Hyundai Tiburon is, its resale value is hurt by the poor quality of earlier models. It's important that you anticipate steep depreciation before committing.
6.6
The price is right for the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, yet most of its competitors offer a better overall value.
7.8
The 2009 Scion tC is more sophisticated and feature-rich than its price tag would otherwise indicate.
MSRP From  
$17,270$14,990$17,000
Gas Mileage  
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4
EPA Class  
SubcompactSubcompactSubcompact
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe Manual GS4-Door Sedan Base2-Door HB Manual (Natl)
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
455
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
2 Door Hatchback Coupe4 Door Sedan3 Door Hatchback
Transmission  
Manual w/ODManualManual w/OD