has announced its 10 Best Engine
Winners for 2011, and not surprisingly, fuel-efficient creations like the Chevrolet Volt
and Nissan Leaf
(the first EV
to get the award) both found their beating hearts among the winners. Likewise, the 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel
engine in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI
found favor with the judges for its green credentials, though the 10 Best list didn't simply stick to the eco warriors of 2011 for its picks. Lumps like the 5.0-liter V8s in the 2011 Ford Mustang GT
and Hyundai Genesis
also made the cut.
We're glad to see that the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 from Chrysler
is slotted among this year's winners. The engine single-handedly managed to improve vehicles like the Dodge Avenger
by leaps and bounds, throwing in excellent fuel economy
and power at the same time. In fact, of all the engines on the list, we'd have a hard time finding an argument against any of the winners. Head over to Wards
for a closer look.