The Tiburon was introduced in 1997, filling a void in Hyundai's lineup created by the departure of the Scoupe two years earlier. Even though it's based on the pedestrian Elantra sedan, the Tiburon is fun to drive, with crisp handling, responsive steering, and lively acceleration. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine lacks refinement, however, and the shifting is a bit sloppy. As is typical of a small sporty coupe, the ride can be noisy and the rear seat is tight. The front seats are reasonably well shaped, but very firm and mounted low. There is little head room. For 2000, the Tiburon received freshened exterior styling and some new interior details.