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    • Here are Wards 10 Best Engines of 2017 and why the list is overrated

      As they do every year Wards published their 10 best engines list. BoostAddict respect the International Engine of the Year awards much more as an engine competition. Why? Because to be on the Wards list a vehicle can not have a base price higher than $62,000.


      This cuts out basically the majority of the world's best engines. Also, Wards does not have displacement or performance categories. It is just 10 engines they feel are the best with an emphasis on emissions.
      Here are the winners in alphabetical order:

      • 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW M240i)
      • 1.5L DOHC 4-cyl./Dual Motor EREV (Chevrolet Volt)
      • 3.6L DOHC V-6/Dual Motor PHEV (Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid)
      • 2.3L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Ford Focus RS)
      • 2.0L DOHC 4-cyl./Dual Motor HEV (Honda Accord Hybrid)
      • 1.4L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Hyundai Elantra Eco)
      • 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC V-6 (Infiniti Q50)
      • 2.5L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Mazda CX-9)
      • 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Mercedes-Benz C300)
      • 2.0L Turbo/Supercharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volvo V60 Polestar)


      It's a four-cylinder lovefest with the exception of the BMW B58, Infiniti VR30DDTT, and the Chrysler Pentastar V6. Wards could put some more effort in and actually use the names for the motors that the manufacturers do.

      This is the first time the list does not feature a V8 and if the Voodoo V8 isn't good enough to make this list it tells you what Wards is looking for. Wards puts a premium on efficiency, miles per gallon, and price. Wards can say whatever it wants to but the world's best engine designers are not building hybrid minivans.

      Mercedes makes the list with their M274 turbo I4 for some reason. This engine is being replaced and is not even the best four-cylinder motor in the Mercedes lineup. That distinction belongs to the M133 which has three straight International Engine of the Year Awards in the 1.8-2.0 liter displacement category. There is far more skill involved in producing the world's most powerful production four-cylinder engine than in producing yet another turbo direct injected 2.0 liter.

      The most powerful engine on the list is actually the Infiniti VR30DDTT which is underrated but Wards fails to mention this. It is definitely deserving of its spot as is the BMW B58 which is overachieving. Ford's Ecoboost also is the best four-cylinder motor on this list.

      Beyond that, this is a lame list of weak motors unless gas mileage and hybrid commuter cars turn you on.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Here are Wards 10 Best Engines of 2017 and why the list is overrated started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 6 Comments
      1. Aaron's Avatar
        Aaron -
        That's the problem with these gay lists, it only takes certain things into account that are important to the list makers. Well we all have different needs from an engine. And there's no current, or past, engine made that's better than the LSX overall.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        It's a pretty lame list. I don't know why some people are touting the B58 being on it as something to be proud of. It's surrounded by lame motors (with a couple exceptions).
      1. ///MPOSTER's Avatar
        ///MPOSTER -
        With all of the manufacturers getting rid of NA 6 cylinder engines, no wonder the list is overwhelmingly ridden with 4 cylinder turbocharged vehicles. I do agree with you on the fact that there is no Voodoo V8 since it falls within the cost range, which I double checked the older articles you posted to the cost now. However , considering that you and Wards agree this is an "efficiency" test, you have to make the cutoff of the V8.

        When left with this list, I too would compare the 6-Cyl to V6 models first as they would be the most enjoyable. I do not agree with your statement on the VR30DDTT engine being the most powerful, as your article link states there are two variants . If they used the standard 300HP version then you can see why it didn't compare to a lighter vehicle with 320HP.

        What I can say though is that a coupe should not have been used in testing "everyday efficient vehicles." I have driven in some of the vehicles listed above and I probably would not cross shop them against a BMW coupe, especially with hauling kids to school or going grocery shopping.

        In contrast, if actually being happy for BMW , which in one of the articles I can't seem to find now, you mention that BMW enthusiast are $#@!ing about stuff, why couldn't you be happy for the B58? In my comparison I did list the items that were improved upon the previous years and models. They increased turbo efficiency/HP 20%, created a separate water pump for the turbo, a manual water pump for the engine, a shorter path to the intake manifold by using a integrated intercooler, a new fuel injection rail system that uses top-down or direct connection, used a closed deck design, and shifted weight more toward the center by moving the VANOS.

        I can see that the N54 platform will use the shorter path piping and integrated manifold with some sort of new fuel delivery method for DI. Those items hopefully will make it to the platform before someone figures out how to tune the heck out of the B58 and make the N54 look like it was one of the 4 cylinders in the article above that was forgotten about before the sentence finished.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ///MPOSTER Click here to enlarge
        I do not agree with your statement on the VR30DDTT engine being the most powerful, as your article link states there are two variants . If they used the standard 300HP version then you can see why it didn't compare to a lighter vehicle with 320HP.
        Well it is the most powerful motor in Red Sport trim. Even if you get the B58 with the performance tune option it still is not as strong. That's impressive power from the V30DDTT architecture.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ///MPOSTER Click here to enlarge
        why couldn't you be happy for the B58?
        Why do you think I'm not happy for it? All my articles on it are positive and I state it overachieves. I'm not criticizing the engine but the Wards comparison.
      1. ///MPOSTER's Avatar
        ///MPOSTER -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Why do you think I'm not happy for it? All my articles on it are positive and I state it overachieves. I'm not criticizing the engine but the Wards comparison.
        I read your post #3 incorrectly. I must have skimmed over it too quickly and read it as " I don't know why some people are touting the B58......as something to be proud of. I missed "on it" as in the list.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ///MPOSTER Click here to enlarge
        I read your post #3 incorrectly. I must have skimmed over it too quickly and read it as " I don't know why some people are touting the B58......as something to be proud of. I missed "on it" as in the list.
        Click here to enlarge

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        It is definitely deserving of its spot as is the BMW B58 which is overachieving.