Posted Dec 12th 2013 2:00PM
With the Car and Driver Ten Best decided, the North American Car and Truck of the Year finalists announced and Cadillac, Ram and Subaru chalking up wins with Motor Trend, it's fair to say that the automotive awards season is in full swing. The next set of trophies to be handed out will be from Ward's Automotive, which has announced the winners of its 2014 10 Best Engines.
The latest contest was marked by the widespread emergence of diesel power and the continued success of turbocharged engines. There was even an electric motor on this year's list. In fact, only three of the ten winners were naturally aspirated and only two winners returned from last year.
"We weren't looking to throw the bums out, as they might say about an election. We were just really impressed with the flood of new powertrains," said Ward's Automotive Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter. Those new powertrains include the 83-kilowatt electric motor from the Fiat 500e, the 1.0-litre, EcoBoost three-cylinder from the Ford Fiesta and the 2.0-litre turbodiesel from the Chevrolet Cruze.
The carryovers from last year were Honda's 3.5-litre V6 from the Accord and Audi's excellent 3.0-litre, supercharged V6 from the S4 and S5. Other big names to make the list include the 3.0-litre, turbodiesel six-cylinders from the BMW 535d and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, as well as the new 6.2-litre V8 from the seventh-generation Chevy Corvette Stingray. The Stingray and Cruze make Chevy the only brand to score two wins in this year's awards, although the Chrysler Group and Volkswagen Group had two awards among their sub-brands (Chrysler had Ram and Fiat, while VW Group had Audi and VW).
Scroll down for the entire press release from Ward's Automotive, which includes the complete list of winners as well as remarks on each engine.