2016 Wards 10 Best Engines

Subaru's flat-4-cylinder Boxermotor design. Image courtesy Subaru/Fuji Heavy Industries

Subaru’s flat-4-cylinder Boxermotor design. Image courtesy Subaru/Fuji Heavy Industries

U.S.-based WardsAuto has announced it’s annual 10 Best Engines list for 2016.  Specializing in auto industry analysis, Ward’s AutoWorld magazine has been naming the industry’s 10 Best Engines since the 1995 model year.

Here are the winners for 2016:

  • 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 340i)
  • 3.6L DOHC V-6 (Chevrolet Camaro/Cadillac ATS)
  • 1.5L DOHC 4-cyl./120-kW Drive Motor (Chevrolet Volt EREV)
  • 5.2L DOHC V-8 (Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang)
  • 2.0L DOHC 4-cyl./50-kW Drive Motor (Hyundai Sonata PHEV)
  • 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Nissan Maxima)
  • 3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel)
  • 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. Boxer (Subaru WRX)
  • 1.8L DOHC 4-cyl./53-kW Drive Motor (Toyota Prius HEV)
  • 2.0L Turbo/Supercharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volvo XC90)

Owning a 2015 Subaru WRX, we’re happy to observe the Subie’s 2.0-litre DOHC Boxer engine is on Ward’s 10 Best Engines list for the second consecutive year.

The flat-4-cylinder turbo engine is rated at a stout 268 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 258 lb. ft. of torque from 2,000-5,200 rpm.  In real world driving and mated to Subaru’s CVT automatic transmission, this engine is seamlessly smooth, entertainingly powerful and very fuel efficient.

The CVT-equipped WRX is rated for a highway fuel consumption of 8.4 L/100 km (34 imp. mpg), but we’ve bettered that rating (cruising at 120 kph between Calgary and Edmonton, based on actual, calculated – not computer read-out data.)


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