Illustration for article titled Wards 2012 Best Engines list loaded with direct injection

Ward's has unveiled its 2012 Best Engines list. This year's winners and the cars they were applied in are:

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)
5.0L DOHC V-8 (Ford Mustang Boss 302)
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)


Ward's says that a record seven of this year's 10 Best Engines winners integrate state-of-the-art direct fuel injection.

Of the ten engines, the only ones using conventional multi-port injection rather than DI are the Infiniti hybrid, Chrysler Pentastar and Ford V-8.


The 2012 list also has five four-bangers, compared with three in last year's list.

Forced induction also is well-represented, with four turbocharged and one supercharged powerplant on the 2012 list.

Anything they missed?

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