Late last week, Ward’s released their annual 10 Best Engines list for 2012, adding another award to the list of automotive awards being released as 2011 wraps up. In this list, the Ford Mustang Boss 302 was again a winner, being given a 10 Best Engine award for the Boss 302′s 5.0 liter V-8. The Boss 302′s engine was the largest on the list, both in cylinders and displacement, and it was, by far, the most powerful amongst the 10 engines.
Wards Auto editors chose the winners of this award after spending much of October and November driving 36 vehicles with 34 new or significantly improved engines. They drive the cars on their routine daily commutes around metro Detroit, giving them a pretty good idea of how they handle in everyday driving. Each engine was scored based on power, technology, observed fuel economy, and noise/vibration/harshness characteristics. There was no instrument based testing.
Other winners for 2012, along with the Boss 302 include:
- 3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi A6)
- 2.0L N20 Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (BMW Z4/528i)
- 3.0L N55 Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 335i coupe)
- 3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6 (Chrysler 300S/Jeep Wrangler)
- 2.0L EcoBoost DOHC I-4 (Ford Edge)
- 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Buick Regal GS)
- 1.6L DOHC I-4 (Hyundai Accent/Kia Soul)
- 2.0L Skyactiv DOHC I-4 (Mazda3)
- 3.5L DOHC V-6 HEV (Infiniti M35h)
To be eligible, the engine must be new or significantly updated and in a regular production model that went on sale no later than first quarter 2012 and has a list price of less than $55,000. Winners from 2011 were automatically part of the competition and were evaluated against the 2012 new engines. Last year, the 2011 Mustang GT was included, so it was automatically competing.
Awards are presented at a ceremony on January 11, 2012 in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show.