Southfield, Michigan – Ward’s Automotive Group has announced the winners of its prestigious 10 Best Engines for 2010, with two diesels and two hybrid-electric powertrains making the list.
The editors tested 34 vehicles from 13 manufacturers, scoring them on horsepower, torque, refinement, technical relevance and comparative data. The tested engines were all-new, significantly upgraded, or a returning winner from 2009.
This year’s winners are:
2.0-litre TFSI turbocharged DOHC I4 (Audi A4)
3.0-litre TFSI supercharged DOHV V6 (Audi S4)
3.0-litre DOHC I6 turbodiesel (BMW 335d)
2.5-litre DOHC I4 hybrid (Ford Fusion Hybrid)
3.5-litre EcoBoost turbocharged DOHC V6 (Ford Taurus SHO)
2.4-litre Ecotec DOHC I4 (Chevrolet Equinox)
4.6-litre Tau DOHC V8 (Hyundai Genesis)
2.5-litre turbocharged DOHC 4 (Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT)
1.8-litre DOHC I4 hybrid (Toyota Prius)
2.0-litre SOHC I4 turbodiesel (Volkswagen Jetta Wagon TDI)
This year marks the first time in the 16 years of the awards that only one V8 engine has made the list. As many as four V8 engines made the list in 1997 and 1999. Engines new to the list include the Audi 3.0-litre supercharged V6, Ford Ecoboost engine, and the Chevrolet 2.4-litre four-cylinder. The Audi 2.0-litre turbocharged I4 has been named for the fifth straight year, while the BMW 335d 3.0-litre, Toyota Prius, Hyundai Genesis V8, Subaru 2.5-litre and the Ford 2.5-litre hybrid return for a second year.
Eligible engines must be available in a regular-production model sold in the U.S. no later than the first quarter of 2010, in a vehicle priced at no more than US$54,000.
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