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The 10 Best New Car Engines of 2015

What’s The Best Car Engine For 2015?

Updated September 28, 2018

Ward’s 10 Best Engines is an annual list of the best engineered automotive engines available in the US, and is highly coveted by carmakers across the globe. The engines are selected by the editor Ward’s AutoWorld magazine, an industry trade publication. The magazine began compiling the list in 1994 for 1995 model year, and has been awarding the honors every year since then.

To be considered, engines must be available in regular-production vehicles on sale in the U.S. market no later than the first quarter of the year. Further, the engine must also be available in a vehicle with a base price of no more than US$60,000 for the 2015 list, an amount adjusted each year for inflation. During a two-month testing period, Ward’s editors evaluate each engine according to a number of objective and subjective criteria in everyday driving situations for power, NVH levels, technical relevance and basic comparative numbers. There is no instrumented testing.  Each engine competes against all others, regardless of type.

Historically, BMW has been the most frequent recipient of  Ward’s Ten Best recognition, earning 32 mentions (including those for Mini engines). Second is a tie between VW Group and GM, with 29 each, followed by Ford with 28. No other manufacturer has more than 16 awards.

This year’s list is perhaps the most diverse yet, with two electric motors and one diesel among the seven gasoline engines. Of the ten, seven utilize some force of forced-induction to improve engine efficiency (the only exception being the Corvette LT1.

So here are this year’s Top 10 engines

Engine Number One:

Best Car Engine 2015

BMW Battery-electric synchronous motor 127 kW (170 HP) synchronous electric motor as installed in the BMW i3.

Engine Number Two:

Best Car Engine 2015 2

BMW 1.5 L (91.5 CID) B38 Inline-three engine DOHC turbocharged gasoline direct injection as installed in the Mini Cooper.
Engine Number Three:

Best Car Engine 2015 3

Chrysler Group LLC 6.2 L (378 CID) Hellcat V8  supercharged engine as installed in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
 Engine Number Four:

Best Car Engine 2015 4

Chrysler Group LLC – VM Motori 3.0 L (183 CID) L630 V6 engine DOHC turbocharged diesel as installed in the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

Engine Number 5:

Best Car Engine 2015 5

Ford 1.0 L (61 CID) EcoBoost inline-three engine 1.0L DOHC Ti-VCT turbocharged as installed in the Ford Fiesta.

Engine Number 6:

New Car Engine 2015 5

General Motors 6.2 L (378 CID) LT1 (Generation V) V8 engine  OHV gasoline direct injection as installed in the Chevrolet Corvette.

Engine Number 7:

New Car Engine 2015 6

Hyundai Motor 100 kW (134 hp) synchronous motor as installed in the Hyundai Tucson FCV

Engine Number 8:

New Car Engine 2015 7

Subaru 2.0 L (122 CID) FA20F flat-four engine DOHC turbocharged gasoline direct injection as installed in the Subaru WRX.

Engine Number 9:

New Car Engine 2015 8

Volkswagen EA888 1.8 L (110 CID) Inline-four engine  DOHC turbocharged fuel stratified injection as installed in the Volkswagen Golf.

Engine Number 10:

New Car Engine 2015 9

Volvo 2.0 L (122 CID) VEP4 inline-four engine  DOHC turbocharged as installed in the Volvo S60 T5 FWD Drive-E

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