• Dec 7, 2006
It's the beginning of December, and that means it's time once again for Ward's Auto to release its 10 Best Engines list. The winners for 2007 - the 13th year for the awards - are as follows:
  • Audi AG 2L turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Audi A3)
  • BMW AG 3L DOHC I-6 (Z4 3.0si)
  • BMW AG 3L turbocharged DOHC I-6 (335i)
  • DaimlerChrysler AG 3L DOHC V-6 turbodiesel (Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec/Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD)
  • DaimlerChrysler AG Hemi 5.7L OHV V-8 (Chrysler 300C)
  • Ford Motor Co. Duratec 35 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Ford Edge/Lincoln MKX)
  • Ford Motor Co. 4.6L SOHC V-8 (Mustang GT/Mustang Shelby GT)
  • Mazda Motor Corp. 2.3L DISI turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Mazdaspeed3)
  • Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Infiniti G35)
  • Toyota Motor Corp. 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Lexus IS 350)
Three of these - the pressurized Bimmer straight-six, Ford's Duratec, and the DCX turbodiesel - appear for the first time. Displaced from last year's list are GM's turbocharged Ecotec I-4 and HV V6, and Audi's V8 missed the cut as well. Nissan's VQ35 (above) makes its 13th appearance, and maintains its status as the only engine to appear on the list every year since the inception.

Anyone familiar with this author's preferences will of course know that the lack of any of GM's GenIV pushrod V8s is slightly upsetting, and once again all of the heavy-duty light-truck diesels got snubbed as well. Ford's supercharged 5.4L would, in our opinion, be a shoe-in based upon the big bruiser's industry-leading HP-per-dollar ratio. And on the other end of the practicality spectrum, where are the fuel-sipping engines? These are minor gripes, though; Ward's put together a solid list of engines that we'd certainly be happy to thrash.

A list of previous winners is available at Wikipedia.

[Source: Ward's Auto]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      This Ward's Top 10 list is simply laughable!

      All these clowns do is review a few brochure specs and base their conclusion on those. They perform absolutely no independent quantitative or qualitative scientific testing of their own at all.

      If I handed in a paper for my engineering classes conducted in the same manner as Ward’s does, I would get an F.

      How can anyone take this junk seriously??
      • 8 Years Ago
      I thought Wards awarded engines based on design? The 4.6/5.4 Ford engines are "bulletproof" designs.

      #23 4.6L is a 3 valve per cylinder engine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Change "Camrys" to "Nissans."

      On the GM 2.0 turbo, I cannot say whether it belongs on this list as, like most people, I haven't been able to drive a car with it. Now that I think of it, I haven't even seen a supercharged Solstice or SKY, but assume that they're out there, just leaving dealer lots as soon as they arrive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "do not give me these primitive large truck engines the big 3 make, Not Interested"

      Ever driven one? "Primative" is simply not an accurate term for any of those engines. In fact, Ford's new Powerstroke diesel - with its combination of piezo injectors and sequential turbocharging - could fairly be considered one of the most sophisticated light-duty diesels sold in the world.
      • 8 Years Ago
      toyota sucks honda sucks even more buy ford chevy dodge support the u.s.a. thats were we live so buy them don't support the shit money hungry japs
        • 6 Years Ago
        i have tried all three what put me over the edge was my last truck f150 5.4 google it with spark plug and the thread goes on forever. This is the so-called ford tough truck. I had spark plugs blow out of the cylinder three times the first was at 16000 miles when i felt the forth was about to happen i dumped the pig.Sad but very true the american car makers simply do not know how to built a dependable car or truck this is exactly why they are losing market share and i am one more who will absolutely will not go back. Ford knows they have a problem with the 5.4 and still no recall this is when buyer loyality is no more.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where is the motor of the gods? The LSx motors were obviously left off of the list this year since mere mortals cannot possibly handle the power and sophistication.

      Still, baby cyborg Jesus sheds a tear that there was no mention of his motor, the LSx.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have owned the VQ in Maxima. No disputing it. I also own a Honda Pilot with a 3.5 and would rate this engine on par with that (Nissan) engine. It is as smooth, efficient, powerful and reliable.
      • 8 Years Ago
      where's VW/Audi's 6.0L V12 diesel?

      too bad the Audi RS4's 4.2L v8 got cut
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Regular production with a $54,000 cap, so no 7.0 corvette engine"

      While the LS7 is the most spectacular of the GenIV V8s, the LS2 (Vette, GTO, and TrailBlazer SS) and L92 (Yukon Denali) both deserve inclusion IMHO.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What dont people understand about GM, pushrods are old technology, sure it makes power. Ford realized this back in the early 90's and even switched the mustang to a OHC engine in 96.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Post #25

      You don't know what you're talking about. If pushrods are so "old," then why does the LS2 beat the Ford 4.6 in every performance measure. It's smaller (displacement does not equal engine size, for you noobs out there), lighter, makes more power, delivers better fuel economy in comparable vehicles, etc.

      The point is that OHV (pushrod) is not a less advanced design, it is a different design. And the LS2 is a MUCH better motor than the ford.
      • 8 Years Ago
      To Post #2

      I should note that Honda is the most fuel effecient brand. That much is true, but what most fail to recongnize, so dont feel so bad, is they also dont have a true fullsize truck or near the range of SUVs that Toyota does. CRV, smaller yet less fuel effecient than the RAV4.

      Best knowledge of combustion engines? I dont think so, first they will have to make a 268 hp/248 ft. lbs torque engine that best the Camry's 31mpg.

      MTCOTY anyone?

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