Wards Names Its Ten Best Engines Of 2018

Wards Auto has released its annual list of the 10 Best Engines for 2018.

After spending two months testing 32 different powertrains, the company’s editors selected the winners. Surprisingly, the winners were primarily from mainstream brands and the publication notes not a single German automaker made the list.

Ford came away with two wins as editors loved the twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 in the F-150 as well as the 5.0-liter V8 engine that resides in the Mustang GT. Other winners include the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the Honda Civic Type R and the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that powers the Infiniti Q50. Jaguar and Kia also appeared on the top 10 list for the first time thanks to the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the XF and the turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 in the Stinger.

Alternative powertrains had a strong showing as well as Wards honored the Chevrolet Bolt, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Honda Clarity, and Toyota Camry Hybrid. These models are a very diverse group as the cars have electric, plug-in hybrid, fuel-cell, and hybrid powertrains.

Performance models were largely absent from the list even though contenders included the Audi RS3 and S4. The sole diesel engine, the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder in the Chevrolet Equinox, also failed to make the cut.

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  • Merc1

    Probably the worst list ever. Civic R the V6 and V8 from Ford, the rest are trash.

    M

    • G82FS

      That V6 from ford is trash in the fusion sport…

    • They also look from engineering standpoint… I found the list is interesting.

      • Merc1

        Engineering doesn’t mean much when the engine is still shite.

        M

    • brn

      What makes them trash?

  • cooper

    Good to see Ward not falling for the political issues. Great list of engines.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    No McLaren 4.0L or is there a price cap?

  • Rocket

    Nice to see the Ford 2.7T getting some love. It’s a seriously underrated power plant.

  • smartacus

    Did you ever think you’d live to see the day
    when Ward’s 10 best engines would include
    a 4 cylinder from Jag and a V6 from KIA?
    Not the other way around?

  • Socarboy

    It will be interesting to look at this list 10 years from now to see the reliability record of these turbo engines on a pedestal today.

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