On December 12, WardsAuto magazine in the U.S. announced its selections for the 10 Best Engines of 2017, which included three Japanese models.
WardsAutoâ€™s 10 Best Engines has been held since 1995 and this year marks its 23rd year. Often referred to as â€œthe Oscars for engines,â€ it honors the 10 best engines based on their performance. Editors of the magazines select the winners by considering their entertainment value and environmental performance.
To qualify for selection, each vehicle must be available in the U.S. market until the end of March 2017. Also, these vehicles must be priced under 62,000 USD (approx. 7.15 million yen). Thereby, supercars such as the Ferrari, Lamborghini and the Nissan GT-R are excluded from selection.
The three Japanese models selected for the 10 Best Engines of 2017 are the Honda Accord Hybrid, Infiniti Q50 (the Nissan Skyline, in Japan) and Mazda CX-9.
For the Honda Accord Hybridâ€™s U.S. model, its 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline Atkinson-cycle engine is combined with two motors that generate 212hp of maximum output and 32.1kgm of maximum torque.
The all-new Mazda CX-9 is loaded with a newly developed SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine, a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline turbo system that has been downsized from the naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 gasoline unit on the previous model. This downsized 2.5-liter engine offers 250hp/5,000rpm of maximum output and 42.8kgm/2,000rpm of maximum torque.
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)