WardsAuto has released its annual list of the top 10 best engines of the past year.
The publication considered 34 new propulsion systems for this year’s edition of the list. Among them were internal combustion engines, hybrids, fuel cell EVs, and battery electric EVs, representing the full spectrum of vehicles on sale today.
WardsAuto drove each and every one of the engines/propulsion systems included in this list and considered fuel economy/range, power, torque and other factors in their evaluations.
Scroll down to see the 10 best engines on sale today, which are listed in no particular order, and be sure to let us know if you agree with WardsAuto’s picks in the comments below as well.
BMW 3.0L B58 DOHC Turbocharged I-6 (X5)
Wards drove BMW’s silky smooth B58 3.0-liter inline-six turbo engine in the 2019 BMW X5, where it makes 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque.
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GM 6.2L OHV V8 with DFM (Silverado)
Wards drove General Motors’ meaty 6.2-liter V8 with cylinder deactivation in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, where it makes 425 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque.
Ford 5.0L DOHC V8 (Mustang GT/Bullitt)
Ford’s 5.0-liter V8 also appears in Wards’ list, with the publication sampling it in the Mustang GT and Mustang Bullitt. It makes 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque in the Mustang GT and 480 hp and 420 lb-ft in the Mustang Bullitt.
Ford 3.0L DOHC TurboDiesel V6 (F-150)
Ford’s efficient 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine, which appears in the 2019 Ford F-150, makes 250 hp and a robust 440 lb-ft of torque.
Honda 2.0L DOHC Atkinson i-VTEC I4/HEV (Accord Hybrid)
Wards drove Honda’s 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine in the efficiency-minded Honda Accord hybrid. The sedan’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine and electric drive system are good for a total system output of 212 hp.
Hyundai 120-kW Fuel Cell/Electric Propulsion System (Nexo)
The Hyundai Nexo‘s fuel cell propulsion system is good for 161 hp and 292 lb-ft of torque. More importantly, the fuel cell provides an emissions-free driving range of 370 miles.
Hyundai 150 kW Propulsion System (Kona EV)
The Hyundai Kona EV and its electric powertrain are very impressive and WardsAuto clearly agrees with us. Its EV drive system makes 201 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and also has an estimated driving range of 258 miles.
Infiniti 2.0L DOHC VC-Turbo I4 (QX50)
The 2.0-liter variable compression turbocharged engine in the Infiniti QX50 is an innovative engine that can actively alter its compression ratio to deliver optimal fuel economy. The engine makes a respectable 268 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.
Lexus 2.0L DOHC Atkinson I4/HEV (UX 250h)
Wards drove Toyota’s 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder and hybrid drive system in the Lexus UX250h, which boasts a total system output of 175 hp.
FCA 3.6L DOHC Pentastar eTorque V6 (Ram 1500)
Fiat Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with the 48V mild hybrid eTorque system makes 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque and is only available in the 2019 Ram 1500. It’s a good alternative to a V8 pickup and we’re not surprised to see it on WardsAuto’s list.