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2008 Hyundai Tiburon vs. Its Competition

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2008 Hyundai Tiburon
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For all but a few drivers, front-wheel-drive coupes represent a car for a particular moment in time.

Editors from 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.

2008 Hyundai Tiburon2008 Hyundai Tiburon2009 Chevrolet Cobalt LS2009 Chevrolet Cobalt2009 Scion tC 2009 Scion tC
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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.
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The price is right for the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, yet most of its competitors offer a better overall value.
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The 2009 Scion tC is more sophisticated and feature-rich than its price tag would otherwise indicate.
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$17,270Browse Used Listings$14,990Browse Used Listings$17,000Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage  
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4
EPA Class  
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe Manual GS2-Door Coupe Base2-Door HB Manual (Natl)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door Hatchback Coupe2 Door Coupe3 Door Hatchback
Manual w/ODManualManual w/OD
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