Ward's Auto World has published its 15th annual ten best engines list and several fuel efficient powertrains have been honored. Two new diesel engines were joined by Ford's Escape hybrid on the list. The dual turbocharged 3.0L inline 6 cylinder diesel from BMW and the Volkswagen 2.0L TDI were the first new 50-state legal diesels to be picked by the Ward's editors. Both of those, along with the Escape hybrid, got more than 30 mpg in real world testing by the magazine.

The Ford hybrid system was updated for 2009 with a new 2.5L gasoline engine and updated control software to provide smoother performance and better acceleration. The Jetta is capable of getting upwards of 40 mpg in normal use and the BMW 335d scores in the mid- to upper-30 mpg range.

[Source: Ward's Auto World]

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