Ward’s 10 Best Engines of 2015 Announced

Ward’s 10 Best Engines of 2015 Announced

Top 10 Best Engines

Each year, WardsAuto evaluates and determines its top 10 best engines and this year, its editors evaluated 37 all-new or improved powertrains before choosing its favorites.

When all the dust settled, WardsAuto released its final list consisting of a hydrogen-powered fuel cell, a battery-electric vehicle, a pair of three-cylinder turbo engines, three four-cylinder turbo engines, a diesel V6 and two V8s. These are the results listed in alphabetical order.

BMW i3 – 127-kW Electric Motor


The BMW i3 was built from the ground-up to be an electric car, which means its electric powertrain had to perform. Sporting 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, the BMW i3’s 127-kW electric motor allows the compact EV to go 0-60 mph in seven seconds. For those looking for additional range, buyers can opt for a 0.7-liter gasoline-fueled generator that doubles to range to about 150 miles.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – 6.2L V8


The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s V8 makes a returning appearance, having been named one of WardsAuto‘s top 10 best engines last year. Providing 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, the Stingray can also have its power boosted slightly to 460 hp with a performance exhaust option. The LT1 V8 is the “heart and soul of the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette,” as WardsAuto puts it and it’s a powertrain that we’ve been more than satisfied with on occasions.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – 6.2L Supercharged V8


The addition of Dodge’s new SRT Hellcat engine onto the top 10 best engines list shouldn’t really come as a surprise with the 6.2L V8 providing a massive 707 hp that brings a whole new meaning to the words American muscle. What makes the SRT Hellcat’s V8 even more special is its two-stage fuel pump and engine controller that’s programmed to upshift the eight-speed automatic transmission as quickly as possible. The result is an awesome sports car that can actually be somewhat fuel efficient – at least as fuel efficient as you can get with 707 hp.

Ford Fiesta – 1.0L Turbocharged Three Cylinder


Another returning engine to the list is Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine that can be found in the Fiesta. Despite its small size and cylinder count, the 1.0-liter turbocharged engine provides 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque that gives the Fiesta impressive acceleration and adequate power on the freeway. Ward’s Auto called Ford’s compact engine “fuel-efficient, lightweight and fun to drive” and we’re inclined to agree.

Hyundai Tucson Fuel-Cell Vehicle – 100-kW Fuel Cell


A newcomer to the list of Hyundai’s first entry into the hydrogen fuel-cell market with its Tucson FCV which debuted last year. The five-passenger crossover is powerful and quiet with zero emissions and instant torque. Providing 134 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, the Tucson FCV is helping usher in a new generation of fuel-cell vehicles like the recently revealed Toyota Mirai.