2008 Lexus IS 350Enlarge Photo
The 3.5-liter V-6 found under the hoods of the 2009 Lexus IS 350 and GS 350 was honored with a spot on Ward Automotive's 10 Best Engines list for 2009. This marks the fourth year in a row that Lexus' 2GR-FSE V-6 has made the list.
Ward's judges were all impressed with the V-6's power, refinement, and novel fuel delivery system. The 2GR-FSE uses both gasoline direct injection (GDI) and traditional port fuel injection working in tandem. Opposed to the direct-injection offered by GM's 3.6-liter "high-feature" V-6, which also made Ward's list and is offered in cars like the Cadillac CTS, or the traditional port fuel-injection used in Nissan/Infiniti's 3.7-liter VQ V-6 and fitted in the Infiniti G37 Coupe and Nissan 370Z, judges found that the Lexus engine gave better performance over a broader RPM range while rewarding with superior fuel efficiency.
2007 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sdn AWD engineEnlarge Photo
We previously reported that two BMW inline sixes earned spots on Ward's 2009 list. The seven other winners are as follows: Audi's 2.0-liter TFSI turbo four; Chrysler's 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 newly fitted with variable-valve timing; Ford's 2.5-liter four as found in the Escape Hybrid; GM's aforementioned 3.6-liter direct-injected high-feature V-6; Honda's 3.5-liter V-6 (Accord Coupe); Hyundai's new 4.6-liter Tau V-8 (Genesis sedan); and Volksagen's clean diesel 2.0-liter TDI (VW Jetta TDI).