• Wards Auto has released its 24th annual 10 best engines list.
  • The top 10 includes traditional internal combustion as a fuel cell, electric and hybrid drive technology.
  • Mass-market brands and electric mobility dominate the list.

Wards Auto has released the latest edition of its annual list of best engines in the world . For 2018, the 10 winners are an eclectic bunch. There are 4-, 6-, and 8-cylinder engines, along with fuel cells, electric and hybrid drive units. This is the best time in the world.

This year, mass-market automakers and electric mobility dominate the list. The only 10 brands are Jaguar and Infiniti. Also, no German brands made the list.

“We’re happy to recognize great engines in luxury cars, but we’re thrilled to see many high-volume automakers whose vehicles are more affordable for average Americans delivering truly outstanding powertrains,” WardsAuto senior content director Drew Winter said in a story announcing the winners.

According to Wards , which published its list in December, or re-engineered engines or propulsion systems that are available for sale in the US and are installed in cars with a base price of less than $ 63,000 are eligible for the top 10. In addition, the winners from the previous year are also eligible to defend their crowns.

A total of 32 candidates were evaluated in real-life, on-road driving conditions in October and November. Wards scored each engine based on horsepower, torque, comparative specs, noise attenuation, fuel economy, and application of new technology.

Here are the 10 winners for 2018 in alphabetical order:


1. Chevrolet Bolt: 150 kW electric propulsion system.

Photo: source Hollis Johnson

WardsAuto editors praised the Bolt’s drive unit for its 238-mile range, torquey power delivery, and thrilling acceleration.

Photo: source Hollis Johnson

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: 3.6-liter, Pentastar V6 with a plug-in hybrid drive system.

Photo: source Chrysler

“With most owners using their minivans to run errands and occasionally take a long-distance drive, we find the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid to be a stroke of genius,” Wards wrote.

Photo: source Chrysler

3. Ford F-150: 2.7-liter, Twin-Turbo EcoBoost V6.

Photo: source Ford

“Our staff was blown away by its vibration-free idle, its nearly imperceptible stop / start system and its tomb-like silence,” Wards said of the EcoBoost powered F-150. “We’ve been in luxury cars that are not this quiet.”

Photo: source Ford

4. Ford Mustang GT: 5.0 liters, DOHC V8.

Photo: source Ford

Ford’s redesigned 5.0 liter V8 won praise for its surprisingly frugal fuel efficiency and its stunning performance.

Photo: source Ford

5. Honda Clarity Fuel Cell: 130 kW fuel cell with electric propulsion system.

Photo: source Hollis Johnson

“Coupled with Acura-level driving dynamics and delightfully silent operation, this car is ready for prime time despite all the insanely complex things going on under the hood and floor,” the publication wrote. “We just chirped the tires in sports mode.”

Photo: source Business Insider / Danielle Muoio

6. Honda Civic Type R: 2.0-liter, turbocharged, VTEC inline four cylinder.

Photo: source Honda

With 306 horsepower on tap, this is the most powerful Honda-branded engine to reach the US. It’s the 18th time a Honda engine has the 10. (Note: The NSX is sold as an Acura in the US.)

Photo: source Honda

7. Infiniti Q50: 3.0-liter, twin-turbo VR V6.

Photo: source Hollis Johnson

“This returning winner is a delight for driving enthusiasts, sprinting to 60 mph in less than five seconds,” Wards editors wrote. “It never seems to be an extra punch at highway speeds, and its responsive throttle brings out the mischievous child in WardsAuto judges.”

Photo: source Infiniti

8. Jaguar XF: 2.0 liter, Ingenium turbocharged inline four cylinder.

Photo: source Hollis Johnson

The editors at Wards Auto was highly impressed by the new Ingenium engine developed in-house at Jaguar Land Rover. The publication’s staff was particularly taken by the engine’s trick electrohydraulic val