You wouldn’t be wrong if you naturally assume that a Sport badge would automatically include a sportier engine, but that’s no longer the case with the 2019 Hyundai Sonata. For the 2019 model year the Hyundai Sonata Sport is no longer available with the 2.0L turbocharged engine.

2019 Hyundai Sonata

The 2019 Hyundai Sonata Sport is now only available with the naturally-aspirated 2.4L four-cylinder engine, which generates 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft. of torque. Those specs aren’t bad, but the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder is a lot more fun with its 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. Now that means that only the 2019 Sonata Limited is available with the turbocharged 2.0L engine.

It’s not known why Hyundai decided to delete the 2.0L turbo from the Sonata Sport, but it now puts it at a disadvantage compared to the other sportier midsize sedans. The Honda Accord Sport is at least available with two turbocharged engines and the mid-level Mazda6 Grand Touring is also powered by a 2.5L turbocharged engine.

Source: Cars Direct