Honda Engine Named as One of Ward’s 10 Best Engines

2014-honda-accord-3.5-liter-ward-best-enginesHonda Accord 3.5-liter SOHC V6 Engine

In the past 20 years, the list of Ward’s 10 Best Engines has become a trusted source for those looking for superior powertrain achievement. The list is one of the most trusted sources for those seeking top-performing engines under the hood of cars currently on the market. This year, one Honda engine has made the prestigious list — and it’s not the first time we’ve seen in there.

The Honda Accord 3.5-liter SOHC V6 engine is one of two repeat winners for this year. According to WardsAuto, typically four engines make the list as repeat winners, but the editors said with the surge of new engines this year, only two engines had the stamina to return for another year.

Throughout the years, the Accord’s engine has become a favorite of Ward’s 10 Best Engines judges. This year marks the 3.5-liter engine’s fifth trophy since 2005. If you include the earlier, smaller-displacement 3.0-liter version of the SOHC engine, there have been eight trophies since 2003.

According to WardsAuto editors, the 3.5-liter is “the best naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine in a mainstream vehicle.” It provides class-leading efficiency as it utilizes cylinder deactivation to ensure that the superior power is only delivered when absolutely necessary.

The majority of manufacturers have opted for turbocharged four-cylinder engines to achieve higher fuel economy ratings. While the smaller-displacement engines are capable of providing higher fuel economy ratings, they are inferior to the power that can only be found in a larger-displacement six-cylinder engine.

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The 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 engine has been a favorite of WardsAuto 10 Best Engine judges for years.

When equipped with the 3.5-liter V-6, the Accord produces a commanding output of 278 horsepower, which definitely cannot be found in any turbocharged four-cylinder. Even when all horses are running, the cylinder deactivation allows the Accord to travel 34 mpg on the highway [1]. With numbers like that, it’s easy to see why this engine continues to win awards.

If you are interested in finding out more about the 2014 Honda Accord, be sure to check out our blog where we have a category specifically dedicated to the Accord. There you can also find out more about the Accord’s award-winning streak.

[1] 24 city/34 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 4-cylinder Sedan 6MT models. 27 city/36 highway/30 combined mpg rating for Sedan CVT models. 26 city/34 highway/29 combined mpg rating for Sport Sedan CVT models. 21 city/34 highway/26 combined mpg rating for V-6 Sedan models. Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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