Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Manufacturer Press | posted December 15, 2015 11:46
Downsized motors reign supreme at 2016 WardsAuto 10 best engines
The 10 best engines, according to WardsAuto, has been announced. For 2016, the finalists consist mostly of new, downsized, high-output engines, along with plug-in hybird powertrains.
Like the previous years, the editors of WardsAuto handpicked the winners after getting to drive and study each of the 31 nominees in real-world conditions. After which, they scored each engine based on horsepower, torque, specification, noise, fuel economy and whether it uses new technology.
Below are the 10 Best Engines for 2016:
-3.0L TwinPower Turbo inline-six (BMW 340i)
-3.6L DOHC V6 (Chevrolet Camaro/Cadillac ATS)
-1.5L DOHC inline-four/120-kW Drive Motor (Chevrolet Volt)
-5.2L DOHC V8 (Ford Mustang Shelby GT350)
-2.0L DOHC inline-four/50-kW Drive Motor (Hyundai Sonata PHEV)
-3.5L DOHC V6 (Nissan Maxima)
-3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC V6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel)
-2.0L Turbocharged DOHC Flat-four (Subaru WRX)
-1.8L DOHC inline-four/53-kW Drive Motor (Toyota Prius)
-2.0L Turbocharged/Supercharged DOHC inline-four (Volvo XC90)
Dominating this year's edition of the 10 Best Engines are once again inline-four motors. The Chevrolet Volt, Hyundai Sonata PHEV and new Toyota Prius all use 4-cylinder engines that are helped along with an electric motor. Further down the list is Subaru WRX's 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine and Volvo's newly developed 'twincharged' inline-four that powers the XC90. BMW also made the list with the TwinPower Turbo inline-six found on the 340i.
Making its third appearance is the only diesel in the list, the turbodiesel V6 equipped in the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Naturally aspirated engines weren't left out and were still able to make the cut. There's the 3.6-liter V6 for the Camaro and Cadillac ATS, the earth-shaking 5.2-liter V8 found on the Mustang Shelby GT350 and Nissan Maxima's 3.5-liter V6.