Honda adds one more feather to its list of accolades. Two Honda Earth Dreams Technology engines powering the all new 2013 Honda Accord were listed in Ward’s 10 Best Engines list for 2013. The honored engines are a direct-injected 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine while the other is a 3.5-liter V6 coupled to Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). Both the engines have been designed to increase driving performance and fuel efficiency. Almost all the Accord on sale in the US is powered by either of the honored engines.
The Ward’s 10 Best Engines is one of the prestigious titles in this category. Now in its 19th year, the title is meant to honor powertains of engines that have set new benchmarks in its respective segment. Nominees for this award need to have a base price at $55,000 must be all-new or significantly improved and should be available in production vehicle that will be on sale by first-quarter of 2013.
“Honda is first and foremost a motor company, and the new Earth Dreams Technology engines once again assert Honda's desire to lead the industry in powertrain efficiency while providing responsive power and fun for drivers," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. "Having both the 4-cylinder and the V-6 from the 2013 Accord honored on Ward's 10 Best Engines list shows that world-class powertrain technology doesn't have to come at a premium price."
"The 2.4L 4-cyl., Honda's first direct-injected engine in North America, is stunningly efficient and delivers ample low-end torque and a wonderful mid-range punch," said Tom Murphy, executive editor of WardsAuto World. "We drove the car 537 miles, and two editors exceeded 33 mpg, not bad for a generously proportioned sedan."
The new direct-injected 2.4-liter i-VTEC in-line 4-cylinder is standard on Accord models and is capable to churn out 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. The engine delivers 4-percent more horsepower and 12-percent more torque compared to its predecessor. It can be coupled to either 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission.
The 3.5-liter V-6 engine pumps out 278 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. It is coupled to a new 6-speed automatic transmission that significantly improves both acceleration and fuel efficiency.