Ward’s Auto is a website all about providing information about the global auto industry to consumers, so they can make more informed purchases. Every year, Ward’s most anticipated award is its 10 Best Engines list. They don’t rank them from 1-10, but rather give out the same award to all of the top 10. These don’t have to be the biggest engines either; and this year they are saying this list is “by far the most diverse and technically advanced pool of honorees in 21 years.” Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition pits the latest engines available in the U.S. market against the returning winners. Four engines returned from last year and one of them is a Ford!
As the only Ford Engine to make the list, this 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder beauty has a big job to do representing the biggest American Motor Company all by itself. This is in fact the third year in a row this engine has made it onto Ward’s list of powertrain excellence. This tiny but capable engine belongs to one car and one car only: the Ford Fiesta. This car can’t compete with others on this list when it comes to horsepower and speed, but it does take the cake on top fuel economy.
This extraordinarily small engine only has three cylinders but packs a punch on fuel economy by getting an EPA estimated 31 mpg city and 43 mpg highway, with 36 mpg combined! That is truly unmatched in a strictly gasoline fueled vehicle. This engine is optional on the 2015 Ford Fiesta SE Sedan or Hatchback models only and Preston Ford has two of these tiny monsters at the moment which you can see by clicking on the above link.
Another Preston Automotive Group brand, Hyundai, had one of their Crossovers make it onto Ward’s 10 Best Engine list. This vehicle runs completely on a fuel cell battery and creates zero emissions. It’s only available in Southern California at the moment, and the vehicle we’re talking about is the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell! This is Hyundai’s first-ever hydrogen-powered vehicle.
It runs on a 100 kW (max) fuel cell electric motor and is consistent with most gasoline powered vehicles in terms of the amount of miles that can be traveled on one charge. It gets an estimated 265 miles per charge, which is comparative to what other similar crossovers achieve in miles per tank of gasoline. It also is years ahead of other Electric Vehicles (EVs) in terms of time it takes to charge. The Tucson Fuel Cell will completely charge up from nothing in less than 10 minutes, whereas the next closest EV takes over three hours! The only problem for us is that this revolutionary crossover will be stuck in Southern California until the country’s fueling infrastructure expands to fit the up-and-coming demand.
Preston Automotive Group loves when the brands we sell get recognized on a national level. We believe we sell truly exceptional vehicles and all of these awards keep proving us right! The full list of Ward’s 10 Best Engines of 2015 can be found by clicking the link or scrolling down. Enjoy!
127-kW Electric Motor (BMW i3 electric vehicle)
6.2L OHV V-8 (Chevrolet Corvette Stingray)
6.2L Supercharged OHV V-8 (Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat)
1.0L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Ford Fiesta)
100-kW Fuel Cell (Hyundai Tucson FCV)
1.5L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Mini Cooper)
3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel)
2.0L Turbocharged DOHC H-4 (Subaru WRX)
1.8L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volkswagen Golf)
2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volvo S60)