It's that time of year for all the end of year awards and top ten lists to surface, but Ward's always brings something different to the table. Rather than pick out the best car or truck that was new this year, the automotive trade journal picks the ten best engines, and this year it focused on motors that manage to balance the competing demands of more power and more fuel economy.
Click the name of any engine below to view, or tour the Ten Best Engines list in our gallery.

The real question is whether or not you think Ward's got its "Ten Best Engines" list right? What engines are missing, or more importantly, which ones don't deserve to be included? You can read our opinion after the jump and leave your own in the comments.

[Source: Ward's]

Audi AG: FSI 2.0L turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Audi A3)
  • Audi AG: FSI 2.0L turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Audi A3)
  • Audi AG: FSI 2.0L turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Audi A3)
BMW AG: 3.0L turbocharged DOHC I-6 (335i Coupe)
  • BMW AG: 3.0L turbocharged DOHC I-6 (335i Coupe)
  • BMW AG: 3.0L turbocharged DOHC I-6 (335i Coupe)
Daimler AG: 3.0L DOHC V-6 Turbodiesel (Mercedes E320 CDI)
  • Daimler AG: 3.0L DOHC V-6 Turbodiesel (Mercedes E320 CDI)
  • Daimler AG: 3.0L DOHC V-6 Turbodiesel (Mercedes E320 CDI)
Ford Motor Co.: 4.6L SOHC V-8 (Mustang Shelby GT/Bullitt)
  • Ford Motor Co.: 4.6L SOHC V-8 (Mustang Shelby GT/Bullitt)
  • Ford Motor Co.: 4.6L SOHC V-8 (Mustang Shelby GT/Bullitt)
General Motors Corp.: 3.6L DOHC V-6 (Cadillac CTS)
  • General Motors Corp.: 3.6L DOHC V-6 (Cadillac CTS)
  • General Motors Corp.: 3.6L DOHC V-6 (Cadillac CTS)
General Motors Corp.: 6.0L OHV V-8 Hybrid (GMC Yukon Hybrid)
  • General Motors Corp.: 6.0L OHV V-8 Hybrid (GMC Yukon Hybrid)
  • General Motors Corp.: 6.0L OHV V-8 Hybrid (GMC Yukon Hybrid)
Honda Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Accord Coupe)
  • Honda Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Accord Coupe)
  • Honda Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Accord Coupe)
Mazda Motor Corp.: 2.3L DISI turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Mazdaspeed3)
  • Mazda Motor Corp.: 2.3L DISI turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Mazdaspeed3)
  • Mazda Motor Corp.: 2.3L DISI turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Mazdaspeed3)
# Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.7L DOHC V-6 (Infiniti G37)
  • # Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.7L DOHC V-6 (Infiniti G37)
  • # Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.7L DOHC V-6 (Infiniti G37)
Toyota Motor Corp.: 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Lexus IS 350)
  • Toyota Motor Corp.: 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Lexus IS 350)
  • Toyota Motor Corp.: 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Lexus IS 350)


We agree with this list more than the one Ward's put out last year, which included Ford's then-new and rather unproven 3.5L V6 that we felt didn't match up similarly-sized sixes from the Japanese. This year, however, we're pleased to see the inclusion of GM's 3.6L V6 (shown above), although it's not specified if Ward's is referring to the one with or without direct injection, as well as the hybrid powertrain from GMC's Yukon Hybrid. BMW's twin-turbo inline-six is a no brainer, as is Nissan's competing 3.7L V6 that's a mainstay on any list of best engines. We don't have too much experience with either 3.5L V6 from Honda or Toyota, but are continually impressed with how much power these two engines produce. There were only two four-cylinder engines, but who can argue with the inclusion of VW's 2.0T FSI and the 2.3L turbo in the Mazdaspeed3? Finally, Daimler's 3.0L V6 turbodiesel BLUETEC motor is a nod to the greens, while the upgraded version of Ford's 4.6L V8 in the Shelby GT and Mustang Bullitt can probably produce the most wheel spin in this group.


PRESS RELEASE

NEW YORK--Penton Media's Ward's AutoWorld® magazine has named the winners of its annual listing of North America's "Ten Best Engines." Amid high-profile national debate over automotive fuel-efficiency, these engines reflect the automobile industry's success at improving fuel economy without compromising performance. The awards will be presented at a January 16, 2008 ceremony in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show. Details on Ward's "Ten Best Engines" will be featured in Ward's AutoWorld magazine and on www.wardsauto.com in January 2008.

Selected by Ward's AutoWorld editors, the 2008 list is the magazine's 14th annual ranking; the list is North America's only awards program honoring powertrain excellence.

The 2008 winners are:

• Audi AG: FSI 2.0L turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Audi A3)
• BMW AG: 3.0L turbocharged DOHC I-6 (335i Coupe)
• Daimler AG: 3.0L DOHC V-6 Turbodiesel (Mercedes E320 CDI)
• Ford Motor Co.: 4.6L SOHC V-8 (Mustang Shelby GT/Bullitt)
• General Motors Corp.: 3.6L DOHC V-6 (Cadillac CTS)
• General Motors Corp.: 6.0L OHV V-8 Hybrid (GMC Yukon Hybrid)
• Honda Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Accord Coupe)
• Mazda Motor Corp.: 2.3L DISI turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Mazdaspeed3)
• Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.7L DOHC V-6 (Infiniti G37)
• Toyota Motor Corp.: 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Lexus IS 350)

"The auto industry is in an era that will force enormous powertrain engineering advances," said Bill Visnic, Ward's editor for technical and special projects. "New fuel-efficiency standards are on the horizon, an improvement the public seems to demand. The fact that more than half of this year's 'Ten Best Engines' winners are six cylinder engines mirrors the shift occurring in the market and on engineering drawing boards."

This year, six Ward's editors nominated 37 engines for the competition. Over two months, editors scored each engine against all others in a number of objective and subjective parameters. Each engine must be available in a regular-production, U.S.-specification model on sale no later than the first quarter of 2008 in a vehicle priced no more than $54,000, a price cap indexed to the average cost of a new vehicle.

Ward's Automotive Group, a Southfield, Mich.-based division of Penton Media, has been a world-leading provider of auto industry news, data and analysis for more than 80 years. Ward's AutoWorld is a monthly magazine serving more than 68,000 automotive professionals globally. WardsAuto.com is an online subscription service delivering virtually all the industry news, data and analysis Ward's produces. Other Ward's titles include: the weekly newsletter Ward's Automotive Reports, monthly magazine Ward's Dealer Business, and a wealth of reference annuals, online databases, and customized data reports.

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