Wards 10 Best Engines of 2019 Honors Gasoline, Electrified, Hydrogen Powertrains
Rounding out the field in this 25th year of the Wards 10 Best Engines competition is a muscle-car V-8, a German luxury turbocharged inline 6-cyl. and a groundbreaking turbocharged 4-cyl. with variable compression ratio.
WardsAuto editors chose the winners after spending October and November evaluating 34 engines and electric propulsion systems during routine commutes in metro Detroit.
Other notable trends this year: Ford wins two trophies for the second year in a row, and Hyundai wins two awards in the same year for the first time ever. A hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle makes the cut for the third time, and two V-8s earn trophies in the same year for the first time since 2015.
"I never thought I'd live to see the day when a fuel-cell car and a battery EV would make the list the same year as two burly V-8s and a sophisticated 4-cyl. engine with variable compression," says Drew Winter, WardsAuto senior content director.
"Automakers and their powertrain engineers are being pushed in different directions: Governments around the world want low emissions and electrification, while customers want vehicles that meet their every need without compromise. We believe this year's list represents the industry's ability to deftly satisfy both demands."
This year's winners (in alphabetical order by brand):
• 3.0L (B58) DOHC Turbocharged I-6 (BMW X5)
• 6.2L OHV V-8 with DFM (Chevrolet Silverado)
• 5.0L DOHC V-8 (Ford Mustang GT/Bullitt)
• 3.0L DOHC TurboDiesel V-6 (Ford F-150)
• 2.0L DOHC Atkinson i-VTEC 4-Cyl./HEV (Honda Accord Hybrid)
• 120-kW Fuel Cell/Electric Propulsion System (Hyundai Nexo)
• 150-kW Propulsion System (Hyundai Kona EV)
• 2.0L DOHC VC-Turbo 4-Cyl. (Infiniti QX50)
• 2.0L DOHC Atkinson 4-Cyl./HEV (Lexus UX 250h)
• 3.6L DOHC Pentastar eTorque V-6 (Ram 1500)
Since 1995, the Wards 10 Best Engines competition has recognized outstanding engines and electrified propulsion systems, as well as the technology and engineering behind them. All new or significantly improved powertrains, as well as last year's 10 returning winners were eligible. Vehicles must have a base price no higher than $64,000.
Editors score each powertrain based on horsepower, torque, comparative specs, noise attenuation, observed fuel economy and the application of new technology.
The winning automakers will be honored Jan. 16 at a WardsAuto ceremony in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show. On the same day, WardsAuto is hosting a separate 25th anniversary celebration to honor all automakers that have won 10 Best Engines trophies since 1995.
Please visit WardsAuto.com in the coming weeks for additional commentaries, profiles of the winning engines, videos and more information about the 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines.
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