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Ward's Picks 10 Best Engines, Direct Injection Dominates

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On: Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 4:57PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ward's Picks 10 Best Engines, Direct Injection Dominates

There are all kinds of factors that go into a car-buying decision, but perhaps none so elemental as the car's engine. What good is a car if its engine is unreliable, clunky, inefficient, prone to breakdown, etc.? Ward's recognizes the key importance of a vehicle's engine and annually releases a list of its 10 Best picks. On the surface, consumers would probably be more interested in a list of best cars, but given the importance of the engine, it's quite informative to identify what the experts consider the elite of the elite.

This year's list represents the 18th annual best-engine list from Ward's. The list awards engines that are affordable for most consumers (vehicle priced below $55,000), integrate well into their respective vehicles, boost horsepower and torque, and offer a good sound.

This year's list is a triumph for direct injection technology. A record seven out of 10 picks use the efficiency-boosting, acceleration-improving technology. Other efficiency increasing factors like small, four-cylinder configuration and forced induction are also represented well on the list. Five of the engines are four-cylinders and five feature either turbo or supercharging.

“With so many engines featuring gasoline direct-injection and forced induction, we’re pleased to have a list that is rich in technology,” said Wards Auto World editor-in-chief. “Plus, every engine reinforces the idea that even fuel-efficient vehicles must be fun to drive.”

The engines are mixed pretty evenly among European, American and Japanese offerings, though European picks are limited to premium brands in BMW and Audi while other countries' picks include both premium and mainstream engines. The 1.6-liter DOHC I-4 from Hyundai Accent and Kia Soul also puts the Korean automotive industry on the list.

Picks include the 3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 from the Audi A6 and the 2.0L Skyactiv DOHC I-4 from the Mazda3.

The awards will be given out at the Detroit Auto Show on January 11. Take a look at Wards' article for the full list of engines as well as a more detailed breakdown of each.



Stephy21 | 9:32AM (Tue, Dec 20, 2011)

Good article i like it.

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