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Lexus IS350 V-6 Named A '10 Best Engine' For 2009


2008 Lexus IS 350

2008 Lexus IS 350

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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 engine

2007 Lexus GS 350 4dr Sdn AWD engine

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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).

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