Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid And Chevrolet Volt Ranked On Wards 10 Best Engines List For 2017
The 2017 edition of Wards 10 Best Engines list (also understood as complete powertrains) includes exactly zero V-8 engines, but three hybrid systems – with two of those being plug-in models.
The first “10 best” winner is the second generation of Chevrolet Volt, which also won the award a year ago (see report)!
The second PHEV winnder is the much anticipated Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid that arrives in the next few weeks.
About the Voltec:
“Another returning winner, the Chevrolet Volt, distinguishes itself on several fronts. Of the three plug-ins or hybrids making the cut last year, only the Volt returns to the list. And getting there was tough, as an unprecedented pool of 11 nominees with electric propulsion (seven plug-in hybrids, three hybrids and one battery-electric) were vying for recognition.
With 53 miles (85 km) of all-electric range, many owners drive for months without putting gas in the tank. But the beauty of the powertrain is that if you need to take a trip, it seamlessly turns into a quiet and comfortable long-distance cruiser.
With almost 300 lb.-ft. (407 Nm) of instantaneous torque on tap, the Volt is a lot of fun to drive, and its equivalent fuel-economy rating by the EPA is an impressive 106 mpg-e (2.2 L/100 km).
’ second-generation Voltec drivetrain remains one of the most innovative and disruptive propulsion systems ever produced.”
About Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid:
“Chrysler adds electrification to its all-new Pacifica to create a segment-first plug-in hybrid minivan, as well as an award-winning formula.
Out of the myriad electrified vehicles we tested, the Pacifica Hybrid dazzles us by providing a seamless and efficient driving experience without sacrificing abundant interior space and comfortable ride and handling.
The unique powertrain employs dual electric motors and a heavily revised 3.6L Atkinson-cycle V-6 to achieve up to 33 miles (53 km) of electric range, 566 miles (911 km) of total range and real-world fuel economy observed by our judges topping 30 mpg (7.8 L/100 km).
In our estimation, that makes the practical and functional Pacifica Hybrid a game-changer. Fans of the Pacifica Hybrid will be thrilled to know this new eHybrid system is part of a flexible platform that could expand electrification to other FCA front-wheel-drive vehicle programs.”
The Class of 2017 in alphabetical order:
- 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW M240i)
- 1.5L DOHC 4-cyl./Dual Motor EREV (Chevrolet Volt)
- 3.6L DOHC V-6/Dual Motor PHEV (Pacifica Hybrid)
- 2.3L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Focus RS)
- 2.0L DOHC 4-cyl./Dual Motor HEV (Accord Hybrid)
- 1.4L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Hyundai Elantra Eco)
- 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC V-6 (Infiniti Q50)
- 2.5L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Mazda CX-9)
- 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Mercedes-Benz C300)
- 2.0L Turbo/Supercharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volvo V60 Polestar)
Vehicles must have a base price no higher than $62,000 to be eligible.
Editors score each powertrain based on horsepower, torque, comparative specs, noise attenuation, observed fuel economy and the application of new technology. The guiding principles: Does the engine or electric propulsion system truly sell the car or raise the bar for its competitive set?