Ward’s 10 Best Engines for 2014

Gearheads know the quickest way to an auto enthusiast’s heart is to give them a fabulous engine.  We want it to be smooth, powerful, efficient and to make the right noises when putting the pedal to the metal.

WardsAuto, an automobile industry publication based in the United States, has announced their 10 Best Engines list for 2014.  Among the criteria used to choose the best automobile engines (that are available in the United States) are: specific output (horsepower/litre), real world fuel economy, power, NVH (noise, vibration, harshness), relative price point, suitability to the vehicle, fun to drive and with a base price cap of $60,000 USD.

Here are the 10 Best Engines of 2014:

  1. Audi – (S5), 3.0-litre TFSI Supercharged DOHC V6.  With 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque, this engine earns a place on the list for the fifth consecutive year.  Various Audi models use this powerplant.
  2. BMW – (535d), 3.0-litre Turbodiesel DOHC I-6, 255 horsepwer.  This engine has monstrous torque, 413 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm and managed 6.7 l/100 km in real world testing.
  3. Chevrolet – (Cruze Diesel), 2.0-litre Turbodiesel DOHC I-4, 151 horsepower, 280 lb-ft of torque.  Ward’s editors beat the Cruze Diesel’s fuel economy rating of 5.1 L/100 km (highway) and its performance was noteworthy, beating out the new diesel engines from the much pricier Mercedes-Benz and BMW luxury German brands.
  4. Chevrolet – (Corvette Stingray), 6.2-litre OHV V8, 460 horsepower.  The architecture for this engine has been around since 1955, but this is an entirely new engine.
  5. Fiat (500e), 83 kW electric motor.  Editors said the 147 lb-ft of torque provide remarkable acceleration and regularly exceeded its advertised 137 kilometre range.  Currently the Fiat 500e is available only in California.
  6. Ford (Fiesta), 1.0-litre EcoBoost (Turbocharged) DOHC I-3, 123 horsepower, 148 lb-ft of torque.  This is the first 3-cylinder engine to make Ward’s 10 Best List.  The flywheel and crankshaft pulley are offset to counterbalance the 3-cylinder engine’s odd firing sequence which inherently causes vibration.  So small and light is this engine, it’s been reported that a Ford engineer packed the cast iron block in his carry-on luggage, stowed it in the plane’s overhead luggage while en route to the Fiesta’s debut.
  7. Honda (Accord), 3.5-litre SOHC V6, 278 horsepower, 252 lb-ft of torque. (repeat winner, 2nd year.)  Described as the best naturally aspirated V6 engine on the market, and fuel consumption beats most turbocharged inline-4-cylinder engines.  The car achieved a very commendable 8.4 L/100 km in testing.
  8. Porsche (Cayman) 2.7-litre DOHC H-6.  Rated at 275 horsepower, the editors say the Cayman feels more powerful than its rating, and still returned 10.2 L/100 km.
  9. Ram (1500), 3.0-litre EcoDiesel (Turbodiesel) DOHC V6, 240 horsepower, 420 lb-ft of torque.  Ram’s first ‘light duty’ diesel is matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission and achieved a remarkable 9.8 l/100 km in mixed driving.  This engine will also be used in Jeep.
  10. Volkswagen (Jetta), 1.8-litre Turbocharged I-4, 170 horsepower, 184 lb-ft of torque.  This is VW’s third generation of this engine and it was praised for its power and fuel economy, consuming only 7.8 L/100 km in road testing.
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