For the first time ever, four battery-electrics, a hydrogen-powered battery-electric fuel cell, two plug-in hybrids and a full hybrid make the list, along with two turbocharged internal-combustion engines.
Go ahead, mash the accelerator in the Mach-E, a 2021 Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion System winner. You’ll be glad there’s a head restraint to prevent whiplash. And did we mention how the Mach-E is outselling several midsize luxury rivals...
What makes the Polestar 2 a winner is its near-perfect blend of the BEV formulation. It’s not the one with the longest EV range or the highest output, but it’s still “shockingly fast” and a blast to drive.
The 330e takes a great 4-cyl. turbo and adds an electric motor that kicks in an extra 107 hp and 77 lb.-ft. of torque to deliver a first-rate drive experience, while approaching 40 mpg during our real-world testing in metro Detroit.
Whether or not we want to embrace it, gas-powered high-performance cars are beginning to represent the fading past and BEVs the rapidly arriving future, as demonstrated by the lightning-quick Taycan 4S.