Ward’s name Subaru’s FA20 one of 2105’s ‘10 Best Engines’

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TOKYO –This is the fourth time that Subaru has won a Ward's prestigious “10 Best Engines” accolade - the first two being the 2004 and 2010 awards for the “EJ25” 2.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged Boxer engine and the third being the 2013 award for the “FA20” 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine.

Subaru says the iconic Subaru’s all-wheel drive (AWD) sports performance model, the “FA20” 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer “DIT” horizontally opposed direct injection turbo engine produces 268 horsepower at 5,600 rpm, with a broad torque curve peaks at 258lb.-ft. over a 2,000-5,200 rpm engine speed range while achieving increased fuel economy.

“The judges composed of WardsAuto editors appreciated both its superb power performance and enhanced fuel economy,” says Subaru.

The winners were chosen from nominated 37 powertrains.

To be eligible for the Ward’s “10 Best Engines” competition, an engine or propulsion system must be all-new or significantly re-engineered and available in the US market with a base price not exceeding $60,000.

Editors score each engine based on power, torque, technology, observed fuel economy, relative competitiveness and noise, vibration and harshness characteristics.

The announcement was made Dec. 12.