Engines can be classified under lots of different features and it can get overwhelming trying to decipher what type you need out of your vehicle. Of course, our team at Pamby Motors Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM is happy to help with any questions you may have, but here is a quick guide of different types of engines.

Four-Cylinder Engine

A four-cylinder engine is an engine where all four cylinders are in a straight line. A cylinder is the space where gasoline is burned and converted to power. A four-cylinder engine often has a lighter mass than others, helping to increase the fuel efficiency of your vehicle.  However, it oftentimes translates to less power. A four-cylinder engine is also generally under three liters.

Even though it usually refers to a smaller size, the four-cylinder engine isn’t strictly for sedans or smaller vehicles. In fact, the Jeep Wrangler and even the RAM 1500 both have a four-cylinder option.

V6/V8 Engine

V6 and V8 engines have two banks of cylinders (in a V shape) with three each on the V6 and four each on the V8. More cylinders translate to more power, which can translate to a gas guzzler. However, since these engines can be more compact, they can be turbocharged or supercharged, which can help with fuel efficiency.

Oftentimes, SUVs, such as the Jeep Cherokee will utilize a V6 engine. Also, vehicles with major power, such as the Dodge Charger, have V6 and V8 options. The Dodge Durango also utilizes a V8 engine.

The best way to experience the difference in different engine types? Test them out! Visit our Fairfield County dealership and take a test drive. We can’t wait to see you soon!