Ward's Auto Announces the 2009 10 Best Engines

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Ward’s Automotive Group has announced its 2009 10 Best Engines list.

The list is compiled by Ward’s editors and 2009 is officially the 15th year of the Ward’s 10 Best Engines program.


This year the list of winners is very broad with hybrid engines as well as high output turbocharged engines receiving the award.

“A decade ago, few consumers in the U.S. paid serious attention to hybrids or diesels. This year, they have to, if they don’t want to be pinched the next time fuel hits $4 a gallon,” says Tom Murphy, executive editor of Ward’s AutoWorld magazine.”The diesels from VW and BMW and the Ford Escape Hybrid all got better than 30 mpg (7.8 L/100 km) during our testing, and often they topped 40 mpg (5.8 L/100 km),” he says. “And the diesels meet the strictest emissions regulations in the world. If Americans want to find a vehicle that consumes less fuel and is fun to drive, our list is a great place to start.”

10 Best Winners:
-Audi AG: 2.0L TFSI turbocharged DOHC I-4 (A4 Avant)
-BMW AG: 3.0L turbocharged DOHC I-6 (135i Coupe)
-BMW AG: 3.0L DOHC I-6 Turbodiesel (335d)
-Chrysler LLC: 5.7L Hemi OHV V-8 (Dodge Ram/Challenger R/T)
-Ford Motor Co.: 2.5L DOHC I-4 HEV (Escape Hybrid)
-General Motors Corp.: 3.6L DOHC V-6 (Cadillac CTS)
-Honda Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Accord Coupe)
-Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd.: 4.6L DOHC V-8 (Genesis)
-Toyota Motor Corp.: 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Lexus IS 350)
-Volkswagen AG: 2.0L SOHC I-4 Turbodiesel (Jetta TDI)

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