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Ward's 10 Best Engines is an annual list of the ten "best" automobile engines selected by Ward's AutoWorld magazine. The list was started in 1994 and has been drawn every year since then. Еngines must be available in regular-production vehicles on sale in the U.S. market no later than the first quarter of the year. To be eligible, the engine also must be available in a vehicle with a base price of no more than $52,500. During a 2-month testing period, Ward's editors evaluate each engine according to a number of objective and subjective criteria in everyday driving situations – there is no instrumented testing. The selection takes into account power and torque output, noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels, technical relevance and basic comparative numbers. Each engine competes against all others.


The Nissan VQ engine is the only engine to have been present on the list every year since the competition’s inception in 1995.

2007Edit

Audi 2.0 L I4 FSI turbocharged DOHC
BMW 3.0 L I6 N52B30
BMW 3.0 L I6 N54B30
DaimlerChrysler 5.7 L V8 Hemi Magnum
Ford 4.6 L V8 Modular
DaimlerChrysler 3.0 L V6 Bluetec Turbodiesel
Ford 3.5 L V6 Duratec 35
Mazda 2.3 L I4 DISI turbocharged DOHC
Nissan 3.5 L V6 VQ35DE
Toyota 3.5 L V6 2GR-FSE


2006Edit

Audi 2 L I4 FSI turbocharged DOHC
Audi 4.2 L V8 DOHC
BMW 3.0 L I6 Model N52B30 Naturally Aspirated, magnesium-aluminium block, Double-VANOS, Valvetronic
DaimlerChrysler 5.7 L V8 Hemi Magnum
Ford 4.6 L V8 Modular SOHC
General Motors 2 L I4 Ecotec LSJ supercharged DOHC
General Motors 2.8 L V6 High-Feature turbocharged DOHC
Mazda 2.3 L I4 MZR DISI turbocharged DOHC
Nissan 3.5 L V6 VQ35DE
Toyota 3.5 L V6 DOHC 2GR-FSE


2005Edit

Audi 4.2 L V8 DOHC
Audi 3.2 L V6 DOHC FSI
Mercedes-Benz 3.2 L I6 DOHC CDI Turbodiesel
Chrysler 5.7 L V8 Hemi
Ford 4.6 L V8 Modular SOHC
General Motors 4.2 L I6 Atlas LL8
Honda/Acura 3.5 L V6 J35
Honda 3.0 L V6 J30 IMA Hybrid
Mazda 1.3 L Wankel engine RENESIS
Nissan 3.5 L V6 VQ35DE


2004Edit

Audi 4.2 L V8 DOHC
BMW 3.2 L I6 S54
Chrysler 5.7 L V8 Hemi
DaimlerChrysler 5.9 L I6 Cummins turbodiesel
General Motors 4.2 L I6 Atlas LL8
Honda 3.0 L V6 J30
Mazda 1.3 L Wankel engine RENESIS
Nissan 3.5 L V6 VQ35DE
Subaru 2.5 L H4 STi
Toyota 1.5 L I4 1NZ-FXE Hybrid Synergy Drive

2003Edit

BMW 3.0 L I6 M54
BMW 3.2 L I6 S54
Chrysler 5.7 L V8 Hemi
Ford 6.0 L V8 Power Stroke turbodiesel
General Motors 4.2 L I6 Atlas LL8
Honda 2.0 L I4 K20
Honda 3.0 L V6 J30
BMW MINI 1.6 L I4 supercharged
Nissan 3.5 L V6 VQ35DE
Volkswagen 1.8 L I4 DOHC turbo

2002Edit

BMW 3.0 L I6 M54
BMW 3.2 L I6 S54
DaimlerChrysler 5.0 L V8 SOHC
Ford 5.4 L V8 Modular SOHC
General Motors 4.2 L I6 Atlas LL8
General Motors 6.6 L V8 Duramax
Honda 2.0 L I4 K20
Nissan 3.5 L V6 VQ35DE
Porsche 2.7 L Flat-6 DOHC
Volkswagen 1.8 L I4 DOHC turbo


2001Edit

Audi 1.8 L I4 5-valve turbo
Audi 2.7 L V6 twin-turbo
BMW 3.0 L I6 M54
DaimlerChrysler 3.2 L V6 SOHC
Ford 5.4 L V8 Triton
General Motors 6.6 L V8 Duramax
Honda 2.0 L I4 F20C
Nissan 3.0 L V6 VQ30DE
Porsche Boxster 2.7 L Flat-6 DOHC
Toyota 1.5 L I4 1NZ-FXE Hybrid Synergy Drive


2000Edit

Audi 2.7 L V6 twin turbo
BMW 3.2 L I6 DOHC
DaimlerChrysler 3.2 L V6 SOHC
Ford 3.9 L V8 AJ-V8
Ford 5.4 L V8 Triton
General Motors 3.5 L V6 DOHC LX5
Honda 2.0 L I4 F20C
Nissan 3.0 L V6 VQ30DE
Porsche 3.2 L Flat-6 DOHC
Toyota 4.0 L V8 1UZ-FE DOHC


1999Edit

Chrysler 4.7 L V8 PowerTech
General Motors 3.5 L V6 DOHC LX5
Mercedes-Benz 3.2 L V6 SOHC
Nissan 3.0 L V6 VQ30DE
General Motors 5.7 L V8 LS1

1998Edit

BMW 2.5 L I6 M52
BMW 3.2 L I6 DOHC
Ford 2.5 L V6 Duratec SVT
Ford 5.4 L V8 Triton
General Motors 5.7 L V8 LS1
Mazda 2.3 L V6 KJ-ZEM
Mercedes-Benz 3.2 L V6 SOHC
Nissan 3.0 L V6 VQ30DE
Toyota 4.0 L V8 1UZ-FE DOHC
Volkswagen 1.8 L I4 DOHC turbo

1997Edit

Audi 1.8T I4 DOHC 5-valve turbo
Ford 5.4 L V8 Triton
General Motors 3.8 L V6 3800 Series II
Nissan 3.0 L V6 VQ30DE
Mazda 2.3 V6 Supercharged Miller Cycle
Volkswagen 1.9 L I4 TDI
BMW 3.2 I6 DOHC Double-Vanos
BMW 4.4 V8 DOHC
Ford 4.6 V8 DOHC
Cadillac Northstar 4.6 V8 DOHC

1996Edit

BMW 2.8 L I6 M52
BMW 4.0 L V8 M60
Ford 2.5 L V6 Duratec 25
Ford 4.6 L V8 Modular DOHC
General Motors 3.8 L V6 3800 Series II
General Motors 4.6 L V8 Northstar
Honda 2.2 L I4 F22
Mazda 2.3 L V6 KJ-ZEM
Nissan 3.0 L V6 VQ30DE
Saab 2.3 L I4 LPT B234
Toyota 3.0 L V6 1MZ-FE DOHC

1995Edit

BMW 2.8 L I6 M52
BMW 4.0 L V8 M60
Ford 2.5 L V6 Duratec 25
General Motors 3.8 L V6 3800 Series II
General Motors 4.6 L V8 Northstar
Honda 2.2 L I4 F22
Mazda 2.3 L V6 KJ-ZEM
Nissan 3.0 L V6 VQ30DE
Saab 2.3 L I4 LPT B234
Volkswagen 2.8 L V6 VR6

20th CenturyEdit

BMW I6 M06
Cadillac V8 L-Head
Ford I4 Model T
Ford V8 Flathead
General Motors V6 3800
General Motors V8 Small-block
Honda I4 ED CVCC
Porsche Flat-6
Toyota/Lexus V8 UZ
Volkswagen Flat-4

See alsoEdit

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