Chrysler Group’s Pentastar 3.6- liter V6 has been named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines for the third consecutive year.

While every other engine on the Ward’s 2013 list was tested in a car, mostly of the sporty variety, the DOHC Pentastar was evaluated in a truck – the 2013 Ram 1500 full-size pickup.

“We are most grateful to Ward’s for this recognition,” said Bob Lee, Chrysler Group vice president and head of Engine and Electrified Propulsion Engineering.

“It is testament to our efforts to design and build the most efficient, capable and fun-to-drive engines in the industry.”

The Pentastar, which delivers 305 horsepower in the Ram 1500 and has a 269 lb.-ft. peak torque rating, is a mainstay of Chrysler Group’s powertrain lineup. It is available in 13 nameplates, from the Chrysler Town & Country minivan to the Dodge Charger Pursuit police vehicle. The net effect: a 7 percent across-the-board improvement in fuel efficiency.

“The Pentastar combines luxury-car-like refinement with a boatload of low-end torque to create an engine that seems almost too good to be in a pickup,” adds Drew Winter, Editor-in- Chief, Ward’s AutoWorld magazine. “In addition to delivering best-in-class fuel economy and bestin class towing capacity, it’s just plain classy.”

Coupled with the segment-exclusive TorqueFlite 8-speed transmission, the naturally aspirated Pentastar helps the 2013 Ram 1500 achieve best-in-class fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, trumping trucks that feature engines equipped with turbochargers and direct injection. The Pentastarpowered

Ram also has a tow rating of 6,500 lbs., which, Chrysler says, is unmatched by any other pickup’s standard- equipment V6.

Model-year 2013 marks the Pentasar’s debut in the Ram 1500. The result is a 42 percent horsepower boost and 13 per- cent gains in torque and fuel economy, compared with the 3.7L V6 it replaced.

In select 2013 models of the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger full-size sedans, the Pentastar’s output jumps to 300 horsepower from 292 horsepower in model- year 2012.

But there is no fuel-economy compromise – the cars also top their segment in V6 highway fuel economy at 31 mpg. Content provided coutesy of Detroit Auto

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