DETROIT -- When Ford Motor Co.'s Triton 5.4L SOHC V-8 first won a Ward’s 10 Best Engines spot in 1998, nobody expected that, five years later, this "truck engine" would become a stalwart member of the 10 Best Engines list. But five consecutive wins prove that Ford takes seriously the idea of continuous improvement for its highest-volume V-8 engine. The 5.4L Triton started life at 235 hp and 333 lb.-ft. (447 Nm) of torque. Then a significant power upgrade in 1999 meant we're now enjoying ...

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