Engine types can be confusing. How many liters do you need? Or cylinders? How much power do you want? We address the different engine types at David Dodge to try and help you decide which is best for you.

Typically, the number of cylinders in your vehicle are represented in the engine name. A four-cylinder has four, a V6 has six, and so on. The cylinders in your vehicle are the chambers used to generate power. Therefore, a vehicle with more cylinders typically has more power. On the opposing side, since four-cylinders are lighter and reserve energy, they are usually more fuel efficient.

When you are talking about liters in your engine, you are referring to the displacement of your engine. It’s the total volume of all the chambers in your engine. Similar to cylinders, more liters typically means more power.

Keep in mind, lots of factors can contribute to your car’s performance. A turbo engine, for example, can make a four-cylinder engine more powerful. The size and weight of your vehicle also affect its performance, as well as how you drive and maintain it.

Typically, a four-cylinder engine is found in smaller vehicles and compact SUVs, such as the Jeep® Compass. V6 and V8 engines are usually optimized for sports performance vehicles or for trucks, such as the all-new RAM 1500. In fact, when using the 5.7-liter V8 engine, the RAM 1500 generates 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque.

Stop by our Downington-area Dodge dealership if you have more questions. Or, if you just want to see these engines in action. We are open Monday through Friday 9a-9p and close at 6p on Saturdays. We’re happy to help!