The Blue Oval has enjoyed quite a bit of success when it comes to making Wards 10 Best Engines (and Propulsion Systems) list in recent years, earning a spot with the Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup, the Ford Mustang Mach-E EV crossover, and the 3.5L PowerBoost V6 hybrid present in the Ford F-150 pickup. Following the launch of the all-new 2024 Ford Mustang recently, the redesigned pony car is already earning its fair share of accolades too – recently being nominated for 2024 North American Car of the Year – and now, the 5.0L V8 Coyote has also made the cut on the latest version of Wards 10 Best Engines list.
Along with the Coyote V8-powered 2024 Ford Mustang GT and Dark Horse, the rest of this top ten list includes the BMW M2 and its 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06’s 5.5L LT6 V8, the Dodge Hornet R/T’s 1.3L turbocharged PHEV four-cylinder, the Honda Accord Hybrid’s 2.0L four-cylinder hybrid, the Hyundai Ioniq 6, Lucid Air Touring, the Mercedes-Benz AMG C43’s 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, the Nissan Ariya, and the Toyota Prius Prime’s 2.0L PHEV four-cylinder.
To come up with this year’s list, Wards evaluated a total of 32 new or significantly improved vehicles, looking at a handful of categories – horsepower, torque, noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) management, observed efficiency, and new technology. The winner amongst this year’s rather diverse powertrain group will be revealed on October 18th.
“The market may be starting to cool when it comes to battery-electric-vehicle adoption, but automakers are forging ahead with constant innovation in BEVs that promise increased range and efficiency and ever-quicker charging systems,” said Bob Gritzinger, WardsAuto editor-in-chief. “At the same time, no one is lifting off the internal-combustion pedal, with more than a dozen all-new or significantly upgraded ICEs on our nominee list, and two big, naturally aspirated V8s making our winners’ list. We’re seeing the end of the ICE era, but those engines aren’t going out without making some noise.”