Ward's names 10 best engines of 2011

With seven of the 10 engines using direct injection technology
Dec 12, 2011

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Direction fuel injection is the way, and seven of the 10 best engines recognized by Ward's are equipped with it.

Direct injection was first utilized in turbodiesel engines over a decade ago. Recent years, though, saw high-pressure gasoline direct injection technology make inroads from luxury cars to entry-level compact cars and full-size pickup trucks.

According to Ward's, direct injection, whether deployed in diesel or gasoline engines, "has been proven to reduce fuel consumption and improve low-end torque, which makes for quicker acceleration."

"With so many engines featuring gasoline direct-injection and forced induction, we're pleased to have a list that is rich in technology," said Drew Winter, editor-in-chief of Ward's Auto World magazine. "Plus, every engine reinforces the idea that even fuel-efficient vehicles must be fun to drive."

Ward's 10 best engines for 2011 are:

* 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 300S/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)

Of the 10 engines, the only ones using conventional multi-port injection instead of the modern direction injection technology are the Infiniti hybrid, the Chrysler Pentastar and the Ford V8.

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