There’s no denying the punch, power, silkiness and “I’ve got this” attitude of a world-class V-6. For some of them, the tradeoff has been middling fuel economy. Not so for the Honda Accord’s superb 3.5L.
Porsche deserves credit for delivering a compact naturally aspirated engine that feels and sounds so powerful. This is the type of efficient yet diabolically fun powerplant every sports car maker needs to do well as CAFE standards ramp up in the U.S.
VW’s latest 4-cyl. offering sets a new refinement benchmark for small-displacement engines with forced induction. The well-equipped Jetta that delivered this engine to our offices like a holiday gift basket can be had for less than $24,000.