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We take a look at the best engines of 2016.

According to Ward’s Auto, these are the best engines of 2016, and the selected batch of power plants reveals some interesting patterns.

The awarded units were chosen from last year’s 10 winners and 21 power trains that are brand new or have been significantly improved for 2016. Volkswagen Group vehicles were banned from competing this year.

To be eligible, the vehicles must cost under $61,000.

Here is the best engines of 2016 list:

  • 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-6 from the BMW 340i
  • 3.6L DOHC V-6 from both Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac ATS
  • 1.5L DOHC 4-cyl./120-kW Drive Motor from a Chevrolet Volt EREV
  • 5.2L DOHC V-8 that resides in a Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang
  • 2.0L DOHC 4-cyl./50-kW Drive Motor in the Hyundai Sonata PHEV
  • 3.5L DOHC V-6 in the Nissan Maxima
  • 3.0L Turbo diesel DOHC V-6 from the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
  • 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4 cylinder Boxer in the Subaru WRX
  • 1.8L DOHC 4-cyl./53-kW Drive Motor found in the Toyota Prius HEV
  • 2.0L Turbo/Supercharged DOHC 4 cylinder from the Volvo XC90

Drew Winter, content director at Ward’s Auto, stated:

“This is a list that’s loaded with innovation, from hybrids to muscle cars,”

“We have three groundbreaking electrified drivetrains for the first time ever, each representing a different technology: the gas-electric Prius hybrid, the plug-in hybrid Sonata and the extended-range electric Volt.”

The quote speaks for itself as hybrid power trains seem to be taking over the new car market, with decreasing displacements and increasing engine complexity, it’s easy to see the general direction in which we are heading. Note the absence of any engine with Single Overhead Cams.

Does this mean the high displacement V8 is doomed?

What do you think? Do you agree with the list for best engines of 2016?

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