Two out of two is pretty darn good.
For the second year in a row, the Pentastar engine was named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines.
Chrysler's Pentastar engine is just one of four repeat winners on the prestigious list, which is pretty unusual of late, according to Ward's Executive Editor Tom Murphy.
"Repeat engines on the list have become scarce in the past three years. I attribute this to the faster turnover these days in the powertrain world. It used to be that an engine was introduced and would stay in the market, essentially unchanged, for many years," Murphy said.
"But now, a completely new engine can be introduced one year, then upgraded within a year or two."
For the 2012 list, Ward's said Chrysler Group's Pentastar engine is only one of three that uses conventional multi-port injection, rather than direct injection. From the write up:
"Even without direct injection, the multipurpose Pentastar returns better fuel economy than a similarly sized V-6 with DI in the competition. Editors manage to get better than 25 mpg, while enjoying outstanding refinement and power."
The 3.6 liter, V-6 Pentastar engine was rolled out in the 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee. Now, it's standard or available on
- Chrysler 200, 300 and Town & Country
- Dodge Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Durango, Journey and Grand Caravan
- 2012 Jeep Wrangler (standard)
Designed to meet a variety of requirements across both front- and rear-drive models, the Pentastar V-6 also is the exclusive engine used with the new eight-speed automatic transmission on 2012 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 models. The engine and transmission combination deliver 31 MPG on the highway.
“Since the introduction of the Pentastar V-6 engine just 16 months ago, we have produced more than 900,000 engines for front- and rear-drive passenger cars, minivans and sport utility vehicles,” said VP & Head of Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering Bob Lee.
See Flickr for a better look at the award-winning Pentastar Engine, which is made at our engine plants in Trenton, Mich., and Saltillo, Mexico.
See the Chrysler Pentastar Engine Focuses on Customer Needs post for a look at some of the how and why the Pentastar engine was developed.