For the first time in its 23-year history, the Wards 10 Best Engines list does not boast a single V8. In fact, the largest engine is the 3.6-liter V6 found coupled to an electric motor in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.
“Automakers see downsizing, turbocharging and electrification as key strategies for delivering no-compromise powertrains that also are fuel efficient, and this year’s list clearly affirms that strategy,” said Drew Winter, senior content director for WardsAuto when making the announcement.
Seven of the top 10 are turbocharged engines with two 6-cylinder models and five others are inline 4-cylinder motors. Three engines are coupled to a battery electric system. Here’s the list:
- 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW M240i)
- 1.5L DOHC 4-cyl/Dual Motor EREV (Chevrolet Volt)
- 3.6L DOHC V6/Dual Motor PHEV (Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid)
- 2.3L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl (Ford Focus RS)
- 2.0L DOHC 4-cyl/Dual Motor HEV (Honda Accord Hybrid)
- 1.4L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl (Hyundai Elantra Eco)
- 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC V6 (Infiniti Q50)
- 2.5L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl (Mazda CX-9)
- 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl (Mercedes-Benz C 300)
- 2.0L Turbo/Supercharged DOHC 4-cyl (Volvo V60 Polestar)
Two years ago the 6.2-liter LT1 made the list as GM released the fifth-generation small-block. Last year the only V8 was the Ford 5.2-liter DOHC V8 found in the Shelby GT350.