Monday, May 21, 2018 - 10:48

"Only 19% of people in the U.S. live in areas classified as rural, yet 50% of all traffic fatalities occur in rural areas where there is a greater propensity to drive beyond the speed limit, roads...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:59

You can find an opposing viewpoint by John McElroy on the WardsAuto homepage: "The Impending EV Fiasco"

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 15:03

Yes it is, kscarbel. Very creative thinking at Mazda led to tangible real-world results. We've got a CX9 in the office now and the engine really delivers the usable torque.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 17:01

The author is a former GM engineer who worked with the EV1 development team.

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 17:34

Cruze diesel fully certified by EPA for the '17 model year.

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 15:37

You are correct Jeff26z. An editor added that phrase by mistake.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 15:02

You make some great points John. Clearly traditional automakers are limited by their cultures and established organizations but I think they are recognizing that and developing remedies. Meanwhile...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 17:07

EVs are about 0.05% of U.S. market and they are not growing that fast despite some great vehicles and technology coming into the marketplace.

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 16:09

We don't mention Tesla products in Wards 10 Best Best Engines discussions Because Tesla does not yet make products that fit under our $62,000 price cap. The Nissan Leaf made the list when it first...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 17:42

We have looked at other names for the awards such as Wards 10 Best Propulsion Systems, soakee, but it doesn't work well for an award. We look at it like this: Everybody likes the Grammy awards and...

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 18:24

And CARB eliminated that mandate when it became apparent that even though they could force automakers to build EVs they could not force consumers to buy them.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 11:15

Volkswagen returned the three Wards 10 Best Engines awards it received for its TDI diesel and all VW engines were barred from the competition last year. You can find numerous stories on WardsAuto....

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 10:52

Thanks for the audio visual aid kkollwitz, in case some readers don't remember the greatest band that never was and understand the reference to "turn it up to 11."

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 10:43

CVTs definitely are improving and some even simulate gear changes to deliver a for more familiar driving experience.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 17:33

Those are good ideas darmok. If anyone wants to make suggestions email me directly at

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 15:18

We have looked into it many times but we've found it's not a sustainable idea, Hugo. However, we would like to figure out a way to recognize outstanding achievement by transmission engineers and...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 09:55

The article states clearly that fuel economy is 42 mpg in range-extending mode, up from 37 mpg for the first-generation model.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 13:58

Vehicles are very complex products that stay in the marketplace for 15, 20 years or more and have to meet lots of conflicting standards for safety, fuel efficiency etc. We know mistakes can be...

Friday, July 10, 2015 - 20:45

I totally agree. The forecasts of some futurists predicting millions of totally autonomous vehicles on the road in 10 or 15 years requires us to assume their will be fundamental changes in human...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 12:39


Gen Y represents a huge demographic bulge and now is well into car-buying age. Aren't they going push new-vehicle sales going foward? They don't all live in cities and young...

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 13:27

In the current environment of low fuel prices, eliminating consumer incentives and perks such as access to carpool lanes would be a death sentence for mainstream EVs and PHEVs.

All that...

Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 21:14

I'm certainly not suggesting CAFE regulations are stupid. My opinion on this evolved greatly when I examined the new regs five years ago. They were carefully thought out. And by the way, I own a...

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 09:36

Hugo, the issue here is that automakers are providing affordable products (and sometimes almost giving them away) that address climate change but consumers are not buying them. If every member of...

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 13:05


Tesla defiinitely has a great brand, leading technology and terrific design, but I see numerous problems as it seeks to increase production tenfold by 2020:
1) Tesla may have...

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 17:18

You make some good points Stephen, but a lot of EV buyers, especially those that are paying over sticker for luxury plug-ins such as the i8 and Panamara, just want a cool car with HOV lane and...

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:24

Gary Witzenburg and all the WardsAuto 10 Best Engines judges have driven the Volt EREV many times. It made our list in 2011 when it debuted. One of the WardsAuto judges owns a Volt. Key difference...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 10:00

I agree it is possible, but the lower profit margins, long product cycles and state and federal oversight do not suit Apple's business model. Tesla is two years behind on the introduction of its...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:55

As I mentioned, getting involved in vehicle electronics, displays and the overall human-machine interface, like the embedded video depicts, make sense for Apple. Manufacturing products that have...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 14:25

Ideally, Apple will collaborate with automakers and suppliers to create interiors and human-machine interfaces like those depicted in the video. That's a great fit, but not big enough a deal to...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 13:31

Better to have people staring at their phones in autonomous cars than to have them staring at their phones while driving, like they do now.


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Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5L Atkinson 4-Cyl. – 2018 Award Acceptance

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