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http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/wards-10-best-engines-of-2017-announced-300376425.html
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Dec. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WardsAuto's 23rd annual Wards 10 Best Engines list honors a diverse set of powertrains that appeal to a wide range of tastes and budgets.

Three electrified drivetrains make the Wards 10 Best Engines list for the second time in as many years, while all seven remaining honorees are turbocharged, illustrating the industry trend toward downsized powertrains with forced induction and direct fuel injection.

For the first time in 23 years of testing, no V-8 engines earned a spot on the Wards 10 Best Engines list, but many of the high-output turbocharged 6-cyl. engines in the competition, even some that didn't make the cut, generate enough horsepower and torque to fill the void. Two of the honorees are returning winners.

Since 1995, the competition has recognized outstanding engines and electrified propulsion systems, as well as the technology and engineering behind them. This year's field of 40 nominees include all new or significantly improved powertrains, as well as last year's ten returning winners.

The Wards 10 Best Engines of 2017:

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 XC90)


"Automakers see downsizing, turbocharging and electrification as key strategies for delivering no-compromise powertrains that also are fuel-efficient, and this year's list clearly affirms that strategy," says WardsAuto Senior Content Director Drew Winter.

WardsAuto editors evaluated the 40 vehicles in October and November, driving to and from home, work, school, the hardware store and on weekend road trips. Vehicles must have a base price no higher than $62,000 to be eligible.

Editors score each powertrain based on horsepower, torque, comparative specs, noise attenuation, observed fuel economy and the application of new technology. The guiding principles: Does the engine or electric propulsion system truly sell the car or raise the bar for its competitive set?

The winning automakers will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held January 11 in Detroit. More information on the Wards 10 Best Engines program can be found at http://wardsauto.com/engines/10-best-engines
No Toyota engines this year; last year had the new Prius winning...previously, the 2GR and 4GRFE were recepients of the award.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ward's_10_Best_Engines
 

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During 12 glorious days of spirited driving, the B58 in the M240i approached 26 mpg (9 L/100 km).
Add in a solid 26 mpg (9 L/100 km) recorded by our editors – matching the EPA’s combined estimate and topping several other turbocharged 2.0L contenders – and this baby Benz is a winner.
26 mpg:rofl2:
Also I wish they nominate and judge engines after at least 50-60K of real world driving.
 

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26 mpg:rofl2:
Also I wish they nominate and judge engines after at least 50-60K of real world driving.
You're talking about BMW buyers David, of course they don't keep them that long, that's passed their lease term.

With that said, I wouldn't mind one in the garage even if it isn't an M2.
 

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26 mpg:rofl2:
Also I wish they nominate and judge engines after at least 50-60K of real world driving.
26 MPG combined for an engine that makes 335HP and can move a 3500 lb car to 60 in 4.3 seconds, is pretty impressive. Even in a 340 or 440, it does 25 MPG combined (21/32).

For comparison the RC350 makes 306 HP, does 0-60 in 6.0 seconds, and gets 23 MPG combined.

The IS200T, makes 241 HP, does 0-60 in 6.5 seconds, and gets 26 MPG combined.

The Infiniti Q50 2.0T makes 208 HP, does 0-60 in 6.6 - 7.0 seconds (AWD and RWD respectively), and gets 24 - 26 MPG combined (AWD and RWD respectively).

The Infiniti Q50 3.0T makes 300 HP, does 0-60 in 5.2 - 5.6 seconds (AWD and RWD respectively), and gets 22 - 23 MPG (AWD and RWD respectively).

The C300 Coupe 2.0T males 241 HP, does 0-60 in 5.9 seconds, and gets 26 MPG combined.

It's absolutely blowing away it's competition. It seems very worthy of a 10 best award.
 
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26 MPG combined for an engine that makes 335HP and can move a 3500 lb car to 60 in 4.3 seconds, is pretty impressive. Even in a 340 or 440, it does 25 MPG combined (21/32).

For comparison the RC350 makes 306 HP, does 0-60 in 6.0 seconds, and gets 23 MPG combined.

The IS200T, makes 241 HP, does 0-60 in 6.5 seconds, and gets 26 MPG combined.

The Infiniti Q50 2.0T makes 208 HP, does 0-60 in 6.6 - 7.0 seconds (AWD and RWD respectively), and gets 24 - 26 MPG combined (AWD and RWD respectively).

The Infiniti Q50 3.0T makes 300 HP, does 0-60 in 5.2 - 5.6 seconds (AWD and RWD respectively), and gets 22 - 23 MPG (AWD and RWD respectively).

The C300 Coupe 2.0T males 241 HP, does 0-60 in 5.9 seconds, and gets 26 MPG combined.

It's absolutely blowing away it's competition. It seems very worthy of a 10 best award.
My boss had a 640i with 3.0 and even though he wasn't driving hard and was using toll ways a lot, he was averaging 17-18 MPG.
I have a buddy that has a 528 with 2.0 and his mostly city fuel economy is flat at 20 MPG.
BMW always been thirsty, always, so 26 average for that engine sounds way too optimistic.
 

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Yeap, you are right, it just makes me smile how they elect the best engines without even considering some very important things.
Not everything they measure is just reliability...plenty of other sources for those of course. Again, its all subjective like figure skating >:D
 

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You're talking about BMW buyers David, of course they don't keep them that long, that's passed their lease term.

With that said, I wouldn't mind one in the garage even if it isn't an M2.
I've had my 540 6 speed for 16 years now, no plans on selling it.
(Just bought an XLE Highlander 2 days ago)
 

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Thanks guys.
We did rent a CX9 on Colorado a while ago, before we moved to NM.
It was a very nice ride.
The CX9 you rented was likely the old one, but still it wasn't a bad ride at all...the new one is a vast improvement for sure. Also, got to love the 505! I wouldn't mind going back to ABQ.
 
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