Nissan’s VQ series *NOT* on Ward’s ten best this year

Nissan’s venerable (and ubiquitous) VQ series engines have always been called great. They are strong, reliable, and techo-savvy power plants. One of the things that VQ fanboys such as myself love to say is that a version of the VQ has been on the Ward’s 10 best engines list every single year list’s introduction in 1995. Wards is a respected publisher of automobile information and news, having your engine on their yearly list is considered high praise.

Surprisingly, Nissan’s VQ does not appear on this year’s list:

* Audi AG: 2.0L TFSI turbocharged DOHC I-4 (A4 Avant)
* BMW AG: 3.0L turbocharged DOHC I-6 (135i Coupe)
* BMW AG: 3.0L DOHC I-6 Turbodiesel (335d)
* Chrysler LLC: 5.7L Hemi OHV V-8 (Dodge Ram/Challenger)
* Ford Motor Co.: 2.5L DOHC I-4 HEV (Escape Hybrid)
* General Motors Corp.: 3.6L DOHC V-6 (Cadillac CTS)
* Honda Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Accord Coupe)
* Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd.: 4.6L DOHC V-8 (Genesis)
* Toyota Motor Corp.: 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Lexus IS 350)
* Volkswagen AG: 2.0L SOHC I-4 Turbodiesel (Jetta TDI)

The VQ37VHR was on last year’s list. But seeing as how that is the newest incarnation of the engine, perhaps Ward’s felt that Nissan has not made any further enhancements deserving of the top ten. Or perhaps it’s like all those Vaporware lists getting sick of putting Duke Forever on their lists every year. Either way it is an interesting precedent to say the least. (and a big frowny face for Nissan)

-Dave out

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5 thoughts on “Nissan’s VQ series *NOT* on Ward’s ten best this year

  1. “enhancements”

    Ten best engines is like ten best shoelaces. It doesn’t change what you can afford. And it doesn’t keep parts from falling off.

    Plus, I’ve never seen them bother to explain, publicly, how they choose these engines. It seems like a “Do What You Feel” festival.

  2. Well, Ward’s has been writing about cars since 1924 so I’m guessing they know more about the internal combustion engine than you or I do. I don’t know if they publish more in-depth info/reasons for their picks or not, but I’d be inclined to believe their choices.

  3. Uhhh… yeah, Mopar IS on the list:

    Chrysler LLC: 5.7L Hemi OHV V-8 (Dodge Ram/Challenger)

    I believe that engine is in the Grand Cherokee
    (as an option)

    You don’t have to be gay to like Dirt Foot, your just have to be gay to be Dirt Foot.

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