The 1.8L TSI is among the most affordable powerplants springing from the smartly crafted third-generation EA888 engine family. This accessible, delightful I-4 can be had for under $18,000 in the Golf....More
Exploring the Hellcat’s expansive powerband is nothing short of transformative. Getting out of the car afterward, one might resemble Moses coming down from Mount Sinai with a glowing aura after conversing with God....More
Whereas the Hellcat Hemi V-8 is a Braveheart mallet to the face, the 460-hp ’Vette powerplant is a black-ops sniper with a clear shot in daylight. Other naturally aspirated small-blocks will outsell the LT1, but they will never outperform it....More
The three smallest engines we tested among 36 nominees for 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines earned spots on our tough-to-crack list. The nominees included 18 4-cyl. engines, and 15 of those were turbocharged....More
WardsAuto editors evaluated 36 all-new or improved powertrains before settling on the winners: two V-8s, a diesel V-6, three 4-cyl. turbos, two 3-cyl. turbos, a battery-electric vehicle and a hydrogen-powered fuel cell....More
ZF hosted journalists for a 1-day TechAcademy at a former runway in Greenville, SC, to demonstrate its capabilities in chassis and driveline technologies. Eight-speed, 9-speed and dual-clutch transmissions were among the systems evaluated, as well as rear-wheel steering.
So why isn’t the industry giving us fantastic new naturally aspirated 6-cyl. engines? Blame CAFE. Engineering budgets can stretch only so far, and automakers have discovered a turbocharged 4-cyl. can deliver the same, if not better, performance....More
For the 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition, we have seven new or improved gasoline 2.0L turbo-4s among the 38 nominees to evaluate, and a number of them, including the WRX boxer, are drawing solid reviews from the judges....More
As the horsepower war rages on, it’s Chrysler’s turn this year to claim victory with a massively re-engineered Hemi “Hellcat” 6.2L pushrod V-8 said to corral the cumulative force of 707 ponies. Editors recently evaluated the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat for Ward's 10 Best Engines.
Placed side-by-side, the new and old systems present a stunning visual. Despite a small increase in the displacement of the gasoline engine from 1.4L to 1.5L the overall package is reduced markedly in volume and has shed about 130 lbs....More
On paper, one might expect this engine to feel underpowered and sluggish in a midsize cars such as the Sonata. But a number of WardsAuto editors have driven it, and their reviews are favorable. To date, the car has delivered 31.2 mpg (7.5 L/100 km).
Model-year changeovers in the truck business these days bring with them more updates than in the recent past. Competitive pressures are too intense to let a product go untouched, GM marketers say....More
GM updates its trucks for '15 to include special edition models and new content such as an available 8-speed automatic transmission, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless smartphone charging and a hands-free lift gate for the automaker's large SUVs.
BMW and Ford each have two stout turbo-6s in the hunt this year, while Infiniti has one. All five are smooth, extremely refined, reasonably fuel-efficient and dishing up loads of horsepower and torque....More
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.