Wards 10 Best Engines

Wards 10 Best | Recognizing and Celebrating Award-Winning Automotive Interiors, UX, Engines, and Powertrain.

Wards 10 Best Award Series

See your colleagues take the stage to accept honors on behalf of their teams, hear what’s happening in each industry, and meet your counterparts from other manufacturers and suppliers.

Our team of expert analysts evaluate nominated vehicles within each category over a designated amount of time by driving each vehicle on their daily commutes. They assess the features in each vehicle based on their judging criteria set for each 10 Best category. After all analysts have sat behind the wheel of each vehicle, they gather virtually to talk through their experience, where they then agree upon the 10 Best.

Mark Your Calendar!

October 18, 2023

Co-located with AutoTech: Electrification.

June 2024

Co-located with AutoTech: Detroit.


Hundreds of the world’s top powertrain personnel join WardsAuto each year as we honor the winners of our annual Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems program. It’s the nation’s only awards program recognizing powertrain excellence, and our 29th year of gathering the industry’s top talent involved in powertrain to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

Wards analysts and editors evaluate nominated vehicles based on power, torque, efficiency and more during their everyday commutes. While evaluating the vehicles, only powertrains that are all-new, or significantly improved, are eligible for testing. Winners will be honored and celebrated for their achievements at AutoTech: Electrification during the Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems awards ceremony.

To attend the Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems awards, you must register for AutoTech: Electrification and purchase an add-on ticket. AutoTech: Electrification runs October 17-18, 2023 at Fort Pontchartrain in Detroit, MI. The awards ceremony will take place on October 18 (day two of the event).



WardsAuto has announced the annual Wards 10 Best Interiors & UX winners for 2023, with a record six battery-electric vehicles (BEV), up one from last year’s five, making the list. Including the Kia Sportage Hybrid, seven of the winners are electrified, either fully or partially.

Wards analysts selected the 2023 list after evaluating 21 vehicles with new or heavily redesigned interiors and user-experience technology. Evaluations took place earlier this year, with judges experiencing the vehicles during their daily driving.

The nominated vehicles were evaluated on a variety of aspects that shape the user’s experience inside the vehicle including aesthetics and design of the interior, material quality, fit and finish, connectivity infotainment options, comfort and usability of controls and features, instrument-panel design, information delivery and ease of operation, availability and performance of driver-assistance features, as well as overall value. 


You’ve been named a Wards 10 Best… why not show it off?

We understand the hard work and dedication that goes into designing a vehicle that ticks all the boxes. As a 2023 Wards 10 Best Interiors & UX honoree, you have the opportunity to invest in a licensing agreement, promoting your achievements.

Through this license, you can leverage this prestigious award in all your marketing materials, including print/digital ads, social media, and retail/product packaging.

For more information, please contact Alexa Madden at alexa.madden@informa.com 

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