Vroom, Vroom: Wards 10 Best Engines of 2016

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Ward Auto’s 22nd annual top ten list of engines is out and automakers who made the cut aren’t wasting any time spreading the word. BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Cadillac, Hyundai, Nissan, Ram Trucks, Toyota and Volvo all have vehicles on this year’s list.

The 2016 Wards 10 Best Engines were chosen from a field of 31 nominees. The pool of candidates consists of the 10 winners from last year and 21 powertrains that are all-new or significantly improved for ’16. Vehicles must have a base price no higher than $61,000 to be eligible. (That’s up slightly from last year’s price cap was $60,000.)

Three electric powered vehicles make the list for the first time. And as you might imagine, Volkswagen Group automakers were barred from participating this year because of its recent diesel emissions scandal.

Without further ado, here is the Class of 2016 in alphabetical order:

  • 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 340i)
  • 3.6L DOHC V-6 (Chevrolet Camaro/Cadillac ATS)
  • 1.5L DOHC 4-cyl./120-kW Drive Motor (Chevrolet Volt EREV)
  • 5.2L DOHC V-8 (Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang)
  • 2.0L DOHC 4-cyl./50-kW Drive Motor (Hyundai Sonata PHEV)
  • 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Nissan Maxima)
  • 3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel)
  • 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. Boxer (Subaru WRX)
  • 1.8L DOHC 4-cyl./53-kW Drive Motor (Toyota Prius HEV)
  • 2.0L Turbo/Supercharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volvo XC90)

“This is a list that’s loaded with innovation, from hybrids to muscle cars,” says Drew Winter, director-content at WardsAuto. “We have three groundbreaking electrified drivetrains for the first time ever, each representing a different technology: the gas-electric Prius hybrid, the plug-in hybrid Sonata and the extended-range electric Volt.”

WardsAuto editors selected the winners after spending October and November studying and driving all 31 nominees.

Photo Credit: Wards Auto


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