Ward's Auto Announces its 10 Best Engines List for 2014

Ward’s Auto has announced the winners of its 20th annual Ten Best Engines competition. The ten winners were chosen from a field of 44 new or significantly improved powertrain systems that were evaluated by a team of Ward’s editors this past October and November.

Engines and propulsion systems considered for the list had to be available on production models with a sticker price of $60,000 or less, and that are currently available or will be available in the U.S. by the first quarter of 2014.

This year’s winners, listed alphabetically by make, include:

· Audi S5 – 3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6

· BMW 535d – 3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC I-6

· Ram 1500 – EcoDiesel 3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC V-6

· Fiat 500e – 83-kW Electric Motor

· Ford Fiesta – 1.0L EcoBoost DOHC I-3

· Chevrolet Cruze Diesel – 2.0L Turbodiesel DOHC I-4

· Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – 6.2L OHV V-8

· Honda Accord – 3.5L SOHC V-6

· Porsche Cayman – 2.7L DOHC H-6 boxer

· Volkswagen Jetta – 1.8L Turbocharged DOHC I-4

In contrast to past competitions which saw four or more prior winners retain their place on the list, only two previous winners – the Audi 3.0L supercharged V-6 and the Honda 3.5L V-6 – made this year’s list.

Ward’s Auto’s editor-in-chief Drew Winter says, “We weren’t looking to throw the bums out, as they might say about an election. We were just really impressed with a flood of new powertrains. What was great yesterday might be less impressive tomorrow because engine technology is changing so rapidly.”

Six new advanced diesel engines made this year’s list.  Previous lists have included no more than two diesel engines in any given year.  Only two 4-cylinder engines made the cut this year, down from five on last year’s list.

This is Audi’s its fifth consecutive appearance on the list and BMW’s thirtieth time to make the list in the past two decades.

The inclusion of the 83-kW Electric Motor marks the first time a Fiat powertrain has been honored by Ward’s editors. The Italian automaker’s Fiat 500e is currently only available in California.

Ford’s 1.0L EcoBoost DOHC I-3 is also the first 3-cycle engine to make the list.

Ward’s Auto will present the awards on January 15 during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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