10 Best Engines for 2007 – Wards Auto

As most of you know, every year Wards Auto builds their list for the 10 best engines of the year. I don’t pay attention every year, but there are a few really interesting picks this time around.

Here’s the list of the engines that won top honors – and the cars that were tested –

  • Audi AG 2L turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Audi A3) – The Audi engine doesn’t do much for me – but then again, I hate Audi, so I’m probably biased.
  • BMW AG 3L DOHC I-6 (Z4 3.0si)
  • BMW AG 3L turbocharged DOHC I-6 (335i) – This one is a beast, and I’m glad it showed up on this list. Twin turbo I-6 is good, very good.
  • DaimlerChrysler AG 3L DOHC V-6 turbodiesel (Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec/Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD) – I don’t care for DaimlerChrysler, but this engine is absolutely deserving of this list. 37 mpg on the highway to go along with the tremendous torque? Sign me up please.
  • DaimlerChrysler AG Hemi 5.7L OHV V-8 (Chrysler 300C) Why this engine sits here is beyond me, really. Power is solid but certainly nothing special… and gas mileage is hideous.
  • Ford Motor Co. Duratec 35 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Ford Edge/Lincoln MKX) – Finally they got something right besides their V-8’s!
  • Ford Motor Co. 4.6L SOHC V-8 (Mustang GT/Mustang Shelby GT) – Duh.
  • Mazda Motor Corp. 2.3L DISI turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Mazdaspeed3) – That’s a lot of power for such a little powerplant – zoom zoom.
  • Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Infiniti G35) – A 10 best engines list without Nissan’s VQ would be stupid – this is the best V6 engine, ever made, period.
  • Toyota Motor Corp. 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Lexus IS 350) – If this is the same one that Toyota put in the Camry, then I’m a little bit underwhelmed. The Camry doesn’t ‘feel’ fast – maybe it’s the car and not the engine.

Was anything major missing? Nothing really jumps out at me in particular, except for the 7.0 LS7 in the Corvette Z06. Anything that puts out 500+ HP and gets 26 mpg on the highway is worth a mention, I think. At least ahead of that pussy engine in the Audi anyway.

Published on December 9, 2006 in Auto Industry News

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