Ward’s Auto has just revealed its list of 10 Best Engines for 2014, which includes a small three-cylinder and a mighty V-8. Also significant is the inclusion of three diesel-powered engines and four turbocharged mills.
One of the award-winning diesels was the 3.0-liter V-6 powering the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, the winner of our 2014 Truck of the Year competition. During their time with the truck, Ward’s editors achieved 24 mpg with mixed driving, which they noted is “remarkable in a truck this large.” Other diesels on the list include BMW’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six and the 2.0-liter turbo-four in the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. Chevrolet scored another win thanks to its new LT1 V-8 powering the all-new C7 Corvette Stingray.
Now in its 20th year, Ward’s Auto 10 Best Engines competition includes new or significantly new engines, along with winners from the previous year. Vehicle base price can’t exceed $60,000 (increased from last year’s price cap of $55,000) and scores are based on power, torque, technology, fuel economy, and noise and vibration. This year’s competition included 44 entrants.
Source: Ward’s Auto
| Automaker || Engine || Evaluated in… |
| Audi || 3.0L Supercharged V-6 || Audi S5 |
| BMW || 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-6 || BMW 535d |
| Chevrolet || 6.2L OHV V-8 || Chevrolet Corvette Stingray |
| Chevrolet || 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 || Chevrolet Cruze Diesel |
| Fiat || 83-kW Electric Motor || Fiat 500e |
| Ford || 1.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-3 || Ford Fiesta |
| Honda || 3.5L SOHC V-6 || Honda Accord |
| Porsche || 2.7L DOHC H-6 || Porsche Cayman |
| Ram || 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC V-6 || Ram 1500 EcoDiesel |
| Volkswagen || 1.8L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 || Volkswagen Jetta |