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Ward’s Auto Reveals 10 Best Engines List For 2010

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Audi 3.0-liter V-6 TFSI

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As we approach next month’s 2010 Detroit Auto Show, one of the events mainstays for almost the past two decades, the Ward’s Auto 10 Best Engines awards, has once again been announced. The list, which is the North American auto industry’s only award for powertrains, is selected by Ward’s editors, who for this year’s round-up were looking for both fuel economy and performance.

To qualify for the award, engines must be available in a regular-production, U.S.-specification models and be on sale no later than the first quarter of 2010. The catch is that the cars must be priced no more than $54,000--a price cap indexed to the average cost of a new vehicle. The awards are set to be formally announced on January 13 at a ceremony in Detroit during the city’s auto show.

Throughout October and November, six editors from Ward’s Auto tested 34 vehicles from 13 automakers in their normal driving cycles in metro Detroit. They scored each engine based on horsepower, torque, refinement, technical relevance and comparative data.

Carrying on from last year’s list, the 2010 field featured more alternative powertrains, with two turbodiesels and two hybrids making the cut. All 10 winners are listed below:

- 2.0-liter TFSI Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Audi A4)
- 3.0-liter TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi S4)
- 3.0-liter DOHC I-6 Turbodiesel (BMW 335d)
- 2.5-liter DOHC I-4 Hybrid (Ford Fusion Hybrid)
- 3.5-liter EcoBoost Turbocharged DOHC V-6 (Ford Taurus SHO)
- 2.4-liter Ecotec DOHC I-4 (Chevrolet Equinox)
- 4.6-liter Tau DOHC V-8 (Hyundai Genesis)
- 2.5-liter Turbocharged DOHC H-4 (Subaru Legacy 2.5GT)
- 1.8-liter DOHC I-4 Hybrid (Toyota Prius)
- 2.0-liter SOHC I-4 Turbodiesel (Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI)

[Ward’s Auto]

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  1. Honda/Acura needs to hurry up w/ their new engines.
     
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  2. Way to go Ford, I love the new SHO engine, hope the new 5 liter V8 gets on next years list.
     
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  3. It was actually the port injection supercharged ecotech that got displaced; the 260 hp/ft-lb direct injection turbocharged ecotech really should be somewhere on this list.
     
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  4. From all the top 10 engine my favorite is Audi, BMW & Toyota This are the best companies who produce best engine & cars.
    Good informative post.
     
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  5. I think the Fusion is better then any Toyota car.
     
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  6. nice engine
     
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  7. I LOVE my 2.0-Liter TFSI Turbo engine in my A3! No-stress, great performer and efficient, too!! Very glad to have it!
     
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