2016 Wards 10 Best Engine nominees include Subaru WRX 2.0-liter
The WRX’s 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder Boxer engine was named to the prestigious Ward’s 10 Best Engines list last year and it’s one of the nominees again this year. Subaru’s 2.0-liter boxer engine in one of 31 nominees this year. Can the 2.0-liter turbo make it two years in-a-row?
Eight Wards Auto editors drive the 31 nominees vehicles in October and November during their routine daily commutes in Detroit, Michigan to determine who makes the top 10 list. Editors score the vehicle’s engines based on horsepower, torque, drivability, noise and harshness mitigation, flexibility, observed fuel economy and onboard technology.
The new-generation Subaru WRX debuted a new 268-horsepower 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo Boxer engine last year. This was a return to its roots as the first 2002 U.S. spec WRX came with a 2.0-liter 227hp turbo engine. The 2015 WRX engine was the all-new 2.0-liter FA turbocharged Boxer version of the new Forester 2.0 XT powerplant. The WRX version uses different cams and higher-rate valve springs and other enhancements to enhance the performance envelope.
The WRX’s 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo (DIT) was recognized by WardsAuto last year for driver performance and also environmental performance. The 2016 Subaru WRX has been selling at a higher clip than the 2015 model and the iconic performance car is as popular as ever with performance enthusiasts around the globe.
This is the 22nd year for the competition and the winners will be announced December 10 at the WardsAuto Outlook Conference in Birmingham, MI. Subaru’s 2016 WRX 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer is a contender for this year’s Ward’s 10 Best Engine award again. Can it make it two years in-a-row? Stay tuned.
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