It’s that time of year, folks. No, we’re not referring to the oodles of time spent shopping for the holidays, we’re talking about end-of-the-year lists. Kicking things off in the automotive spectrum is industry stalwart Ward’s Auto, which has just released its annual 10 Best Engines list.
Without further ado, here are the award-winners for 2012: 3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi A6) 2.0L N20 Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (BMW Z4/528i) 3.0L N55 Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 335i Coupe) 3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6 (Chrysler 300/Jeep Wrangler) 2.0L EcoBoost DOHC I-4 (Ford Edge) 5.0L DOHC V-8 (Ford Mustang Boss 302) 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Buick Regal GS) 1.6L DOHC I-4 (Hyundai Accent/Kia Soul) 2.0L Skyactiv DOHC I-4 (Mazda3) 3.5L DOHC V-6 HEV (Infiniti M35h) It comes as little surprise that seven of the ten engines on the list feature the most recent advance in power and efficiency, namely direct injection, or that a full half of them are boosted with the addition of either a supercharger or a turbocharger. Perhaps more surprising is that there’s only one hybrid powertrain on the list, and it’s from Infiniti, not Toyota or Lexus. In fact, there isn’t a single engine from Honda or Toyota on 2011′s edition of the 10 Best Engines, nor are the 1.4-liter/111kW electric motor package in the Chevrolet Volt or 80kW AC motor in the Nissan Leaf anywhere to be found – both of which were on the list in 2010.
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