Every year, Wards Auto releases its list of the 10 best engines from the last year. As we move toward our inevitable electrified future, we're seeing more and more EV representation on the list. This year, the Wards 10 Best Engines list contains three electric drivetrains, the most ever.
These engines aren't picked just because they're fun to drive. Wards' editors factor in traditional stats like horsepower, torque and fuel economy, but the application of modern technology is also a major player. If it forces the competition to play catch-up, it's in the running. Furthermore, the vehicles that contain these motors must have a base price lower than $61,000, so you won't see any supercar engines on here.
Each electric power train on the list comes from a different kind of electric vehicle. There's one from a standard hybrid (the new), one from an extended-range electric vehicle (the new ) and one from a more traditional plug-in hybrid (the new Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid). Each car mentioned above carries a four-cylinder gas engine, but its use varies from helping the wheels to charging the batteries.
Two other four-cylinder engines appear on the list, as well -- the turbocharged-and-supercharged unit from theand the turbocharged flat-four from the . Three six-cylinder gas engines also popped up -- one from the new BMW 340i, one from the new and one that lives in both the and the .
There are two outliers. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel's diesel-drinking six-cylinder engine earned a spot on the Wards Auto list, as did the flat-plane-crank eight-cylinder found in the.
Wondering where VW's representation is? According to Wards Auto, "Volkswagen Group automakers were barred from participating this year because of its diesel emissions scandal." Looks like your mother was right -- cheaters never win in the long run.