Wards recently released the latest edition of their annual “best engines in the world” list. For 2016, the 10 winners are an eclectic bunch. There are 4-,6-, and 8-cylinder engines, along with a diesel and a trio of hybrids.
This the 22nd time Wards has conducted the competition to find the best engine in the world. Eight of the ten are new to the list for 2016, with two holdovers from year.
According to Ward’s, only new or significantly re-engineered engines or propulsion systems that are available for sale in the US and are installed in cars having a base price of less than $61,000 are eligible for the top 10. In addition, the winner’s from the previous year are also eligible to defend their crowns.
However, all VW Group products were banned this year from the list as a result of the company’s ongoing emissions scandal.
A total of 31 candidates were evaluated by the publication’s editors in real-life, on-road driving conditions last October and November. Ward’s scored each engine based on horsepower, torque, comparative specs, noise attenuation, fuel economy and application of new technology.
Here are the 10 winners for 2016.