V6 or 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engine: Which is Better?
Both are Common on Used Cars and New Cars, Including the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang
So, you’re in the market for a zippy vehicle with plenty of pep and acceleration capabilities? One that gets you where you’re going quickly and easily, without draining the gas tank or your bank account?
It sounds like you’re considering purchasing a vehicle with a V6 engine or an inline four-cylinder with a turbocharger. Truthfully, both are great choices for your sporty ride, but as for which is better, it totally depends on exactly what you’re looking for in your next vehicle.
The Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine at a New and Used Car Dealership
A four-cylinder engine is assembled in an inline formation, where each cylinder is lined up with the next one in a straight line. You might see this described as an “I4.”
You can expect any turbocharged I4 to have a displacement of less than three liters. The number before the L in the description of the engine is the displacement, for example 2.3L or 1.5L. Because of the displacement, you can expect your four-cylinder turbocharged engine to be more fuel efficient, weigh less than a six-cylinder, and produce fewer emissions.
A turbocharger works by forcing the exhaust gases back into the cylinders, which creates bigger “explosions” as the pistons pump. The result is more power, especially at higher rotations per minute (RPM). The result is the same amount of power – if not more – than larger engines.
The Six-Cylinder Engine in Used and New Cars for Sale
A six-cylinder engine can come in a couple different formations, with V6 being the most common. In this case, the cylinders are aligned in the shape of a V.
V6 engines are “naturally aspirated,” which means it uses only the air and fuel that naturally go into the engine; exhaust gases are not forced back into the cylinders. Unlike the turbocharger, a V6 engine can produce low RPM torque and power, because more air enters the piston, which creates bigger “explosions.”
In exchange for lower RPM torque, you can expect to pay more for fuel and visit the filling station more frequently than if you drove a vehicle with a four-cylinder turbocharger.
The Price Difference
Lots of brand-new base trim vehicles fresh from the factory are equipped with an I4 turbocharger, like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. Base engines tend to be in vehicles within the most affordable price range. V6 engines tend to be installed in vehicles as you climb trim levels.
You can expect to pay more for a vehicle with the V6 engine than one with a turbocharged four-cylinder. And as previously noted, you’ll also likely pay more in fuel.
The Turbocharged Pony Car
American-made sports cars make driving fun. That’s why both the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang have maintained popularity. Both automakers have spent the last few model years creating versions of their pony cars with more fuel-efficient engines, while ensuring they don’t slack off on performance.
In 2021, Chevrolet introduced four trim levels of the Camaro outfitted with a turbocharged I4 engine, before jumping up to the popular V6 or V8 options. The Camaro 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT are equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged gas I4 with direct fuel injection. The engine tops out at 275 horsepower and torque of 295 lb-ft. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the 2021 Chevrolet Camara with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine achieves up to 30 miles per gallon.
The 2021 Ford Mustang is available with two trim levels featuring a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Both the EcoBoost and EcoBoost Premium are outfitted with a 2.3L intercooled turbo I4 with direct fuel injection and a maximum of 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. The EPA estimates the 2021 Ford Mustang with the EcoBoost engine achieves up to 32 miles per gallon. For comparison, the Mustang GT with a V8 engine achieves 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Where to Buy a Car with a Four-Cylinder Turbo
The good news is that if your heart is set on a turbocharged I4, you’ll have plenty of luck finding a vehicle with one under the hood. You can find plenty of makes and models at both used and new car dealerships.
Visit your local Chevy dealership, like Zeck Chevrolet in Purcell, Oklahoma, to test drive a variety of vehicles with four-cylinder engines. Or, if you’re in the market for a Ford, Zeck Ford in Purcell, Oklahoma, or Leavenworth, Kansas, or Itasca, Texas.
Zeck Auto dealerships are poised to get you the best deal on a new or used vehicle with a unique perspective on customer service that we call the Zecksperience. That means you’ll work with a personal shopper – not a commissioned salesperson – and look at vehicles with transparent, no-haggle pricing.
Browse our online inventory to find the best vehicle for your needs and budget, and then contact the Zeck car dealership nearest you to take a test drive.