The 10 Best Engines In 2017 According To Wards

Ward’s Best Engine 2017 List!

Updated November 17, 2018

Wards has become a name that we can count on to give us their top tens in various vehicle features. They carefully test and review a number of models throughout the year, as well as ranking them. These lists can be helpful for people who need a little help deciding based on appealing ups and downs in the industry.

Right now we have Wards’ Ten Best Engines from the 2017 model year lineup and there are some surprises. For starters, this is the first list in the last 28 that does not include a V8 and there are a handful of hybrids. Another surprising turn is that there are no NA engines coming in on this list either. With that, let’s dive into their top 10 with no particular order.

10 Best Engines 2017 Has To Offer – According To Wards!

Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Bolt - ward's best engines 2017

Leading our run down is a car that we all knew would make a list that is so focused on fuel efficiency. The Volt carries a plug in electric motor that extends its range as well as helping the 1.5L DOHC four cylinder. With a family line running back to 2011, the Chevrolet Volt has had time to grow and evolve with the hybrid electric market.

Volvo V60 Polestar

Volvo V60 Polestar - 10 best engines 2017

There’s something about a car that’s already become a world class racing vehicle before the public can buy it. The Volvo Polestar sports a 2L that is both supercharged and turbocharged to produce 362 horsepower.

Infiniti Q50

Infiniti Q50

The first of the few V6 that we come across on the list is in the incredible looking 2017 Infiniti Q50. Its 3L twin turbo puts out 300 horsepower and comes in an impressive, flashy package.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

When it comes to efficient fuel usage creating great range on this list, the V6 in the Chrysler Pacifica wins. The 3.6L engine makes the most of its fuel but is assisted by a plug in electric motor as well.

Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS

The turbocharged 2.3L DOHC four banger in the 2017 Ford Focus RS is probably the most impressive on this list for output. This hot hatch gets 350 horsepower as well as 325 pound feet of torque from a small engine.

Hyundai Elantra Eco

Hyundai Elantra Eco

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco offers the smallest engine displacement on the entire list with only 1.4L. This is, like many on the list, a turbocharged DOHC four cylinder but only makes 128 horsepower.

Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9

The Mazda CX-9’s engine is right about the middle size in the range of what Wards listed as the best for 2017. Its 2.5L DOHC 4 cylinder uses a turbocharger and achieves 250 horsepower.

Mercedes-Benz C300

Mercedes-Benz C300

The Mercedes-Benz C300 delivers 241 horsepower and 273 pound feet of torque from its smaller engine. The turbocharger goes a long way to assisting the 2L DOHC four cylinder under the hood.

Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is aimed at delivering much longer range for your tank of fuel. Its 2L DOHC 4 cylinder is paired with an electric motor that extends its reach considerably.

BMW M240i

BMW M240i

The BMW M240i is packing a 3L DOHC inline six that gains more power from a turbocharger. This gives 335 horsepower from the factory and can deliver a fun 4.3 second 0-60 time.

What we see here is a definite shift towards smaller engines that are boosted and more eco friendly. The combination of hybrid technology and more compact power plants is a big step towards fuel efficiency. This list was also build from 40 models that were tested with a price limit of $62,000 placed on the entrants.

Fuel economy and base specs were compared as well as noise, horsepower, and torque output. With this list done and published, Wards now moves on to its next missions, finding the best interiors as well as the best User Experiences. Don’t be surprised if you see some of the vehicles from this list on that one too, because almost all have had a refresh for 2017.



James Murrell
About James Murrell

I love to research and admire all sorts of vehicles from restored classics to top shelf supercars, monstrous offroaders to weird concept vehicles. I absolutely adore any vehicle I can get behind the wheel of.

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