Six of the Best Outboard Motors | Boating Magazine

Six of the Best Outboard Motors

Six of the most reliable and best performing outboard motors.

We pick six of the best. Odds are, if you own an outboard then you already know what you like. In surveys of boaters and service techs, and in our own experience, the following motors rise to the top in performance and reliability:

Low-Range Power
• Tohatsu 70 TLDI
Often, less weight, less horsepower and better fuel economy drive the motor decision. All are arguments for the Tohatsu 70 TLDI, at just 315 pounds. Governed by a multi-sensor-informed Engine Control Unit, air-assisted direct fuel injection (DFI) precisely mixes air and fuel. Contact: tohatsu.com

• Honda BF 90
This quiet four-stroke in-line engine was inspired by the engine in Honda's top-selling Fit automobile. Its Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST) system advances ignition timing during acceleration to get "explosive" hole shots delivering generous power. Contact: honda-marine.com

Mid-Range Power
• Yamaha 150
This is often called bulletproof, no matter the application — fresh water or salt, single or twins. The in-line four-cylinder block produces quiet, clean and economical power, overseen by an Engine Control Module (ECM). Its intake manifold and tuned intake tubes produce a powerful hole shot and acceleration. Contact: yamaha-motor.com

• Evinrude E-Tec 225
This advanced DFI two-stroke has proven especially popular on performance bass boats, hard-working saltwater fishing boats and pontoon boats. It doesn't require any scheduled service for three years or 300 running hours. It produces powerful, fuel-efficient two-stroke-quality hole shots, snappy throttle response and thrilling top speeds all economically. Contact: evinrude.com

High-Range Power
• Mercury Verado 275
The four-stroke Verado was designed afresh from the ground up, supercharged for power and vibration-dampened for smoothness and quiet. This is the biggest of the big six-cylinder models. The SmartCraft Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS) system gives instant response, infinite control — and massive power. Engine Guardian monitors all vital engine functions. Contact: mercurymarine.com

• Suzuki DF 300
It was once assumed that four-stroke outboards were too heavy to exceed 100 horsepower. Bah! Suzuki has unleashed the 300 hp DF, at just 604 pounds — not only the industry's most powerful four-stroke but the one boasting the lowest power-to-weight ratio. The four-liter, 24-valve V-6 has a Precision Control electronic throttle and shift control system. Contact: suzukimarine.com

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