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These are the 10 best engines for 2017, according to WardsAuto

Efficiency is the name of the game for WardsAuto's 10 Best Engines list this year, as turbochargers and hybrid-electric powertrains dominate the scene. Let's go through the winners in alphabetical order.

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BMW B58 Engine
1 of 20 BMW

BMW 3.0-liter turbocharged I6

BMW's B58 engine made the list last year, and it does again thanks to a bump in power.

2017 BMW M240i
2 of 20 BMW

BMW 3.0-liter turbocharged I6

You'll find this one tucked under the hood of the BMW M240i (formerly known as the M235i).

2017 Chevrolet Volt
3 of 20 Chevrolet

Chevrolet 1.5-liter I4 + Electric Powertrain

Chevrolet's extended-range electric powertrain is yet another entrant that appeared on previous lists.

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4 of 20 Tim Stevens/Roadshow

Chevrolet 1.5-liter I4 + Electric Powertrain

This one lives inside the second-generation Chevrolet Volt, which is a much sleeker car than its forebear.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
5 of 20 Chrysler

Chrysler 3.6-liter V6 + Hybrid-Electric Powertrain

A newcomer to the WardsAuto list, this is Chrysler's first hybrid minivan powertrain.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
6 of 20 Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow

Chrysler 3.6-liter V6 + Hybrid-Electric Powertrain

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid also happens to be the first hybrid minivan ever built, with an EPA-estimated 84 MPGe.

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7 of 20 Nick Miotke/Roadshow

Ford 2.3-liter turbocharged I4

Turbochargers aren't just for thrift, they're also for fun, as evidenced in this new entry to the WardsAuto list.

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8 of 20 Nick Miotke/Roadshow

Ford 2.3-liter turbocharged I4

The Focus RS that houses this four-banger is a real stunner, too.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid
9 of 20 Honda

Honda 2.0-liter I4 + Hybrid-Electric Powertrain

The Accord Hybrid's powertrain is the only traditional hybrid to make the list this year.

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10 of 20 Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow

Honda 2.0-liter I4 + Hybrid-Electric Powertrain

Several reviewers have recorded real-world fuel economy estimates north of 50 mpg with this bad boy.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco
11 of 20 Hyundai

Hyundai 1.4-liter turbocharged I4

Hyundai's Kappa four-cylinder engine delivers big fuel economy figures for relatively little money.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco
12 of 20 Hyundai

Hyundai 1.4-liter turbocharged I4

Living inside the Elantra Eco, it only costs about $22,000 to get up to 40 mpg.

Infiniti VR V6
13 of 20 Infiniti

Infiniti 3.0-liter turbocharged V6

Another newcomer this year is Infiniti's 3.0-liter VR-series V6.

2017 Infiniti Q60
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Infiniti 3.0-liter turbocharged V6

When living inside the Q50 or Q60, the engine can put out either 300 horsepower or 400, depending on the buyer's preferences.

Mazda Skyactiv-G 2.5T
15 of 20 Mazda

Mazda 2.5-liter turbocharged I4

This engine marks the first time Mazda mixed its Skyactiv engine tech and a turbocharger.

2016 Mazda CX-9
16 of 20 Mazda

Mazda 2.5-liter turbocharged I4

The result, as seen in the CX-9 crossover, is V6-like torque with four-banger fuel economy.

Mercedes-Benz C300
17 of 20 Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz 2.0-liter turbocharged I4

WardsAuto added this Mercedes four-pot to the list for its peak torque, which starts at just 1,300 RPM, yet it returns nearly 30 mpg.

Mercedes-Benz C300
18 of 20 Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz 2.0-liter turbocharged I4

You can find this engine in several variations of Mercedes-Benz product, like the C300, C300 Coupe, C300 Cabriolet and E300.

Volvo V60 Polestar
19 of 20 Volvo

Volvo 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged I4

What happens when you mix Volvo's excellent twin-charged motor with a bigger turbo and beefier supporting parts? You end up on this list, that's what happens.

Volvo V60 Polestar
20 of 20 Volvo

Volvo 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged I4

This supercharged and turbocharged masterpiece lives inside Volvo's hopped-up V60 Polestar.

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