WardsAuto has announced the 2017 recipients of its 10 Best Engines list, honoring three electrified drivetrains and seven turbocharged offerings from 10 different manufacturers.
As part of the annual compilation, editors from the publication evaluated 40 vehicles during the months of October and November, scoring powertrains for their horsepower, torque, comparative specs, noise attenuation, observed fuel economy and application of new technology. To be eligible for inclusion in the list, vehicles had to be priced at $62,000 or less. All evaluations were conducted during typical daily use of a vehicle and did not involve instrumented testing.
In making the announcement, WardsAuto indicated that 2016 marks the first time in the 23 year history of its testing that a V8 engine did make the top 10 list. Wards attributes the absence of the V8 to a move by automakers to downsize, turbocharge and electrify powertrains to eliminate compromises and increase fuel efficiency.
The 2017 honorees appearing on the Wards 10 Best Engines list include (in alphabetical order):
- 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW M240i)
- 1.5L DOHC 4-cyl./Dual Motor EREV (Chevrolet Volt)
- 3.6L DOHC V-6/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 V-6 (Infiniti Q50)
- 2.5L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Mazda CX-9)
- 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Mercedes-Benz C300)
- 2.0L Turbo/Supercharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volvo V60 Polestar)
WardsAuto will recognize the winning automakers at a ceremony on January 11 during the North American International Auto Show.
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