The Difference Between V6 or 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engines

June 2nd, 2021 by

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They’re Common in New Cars and Used Cars at Your Local Ford Dealership

If you’re in the market for a car, you’re most likely to end up with one with a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine. If you want some pep and acceleration power, then you’ll probably want a turbocharged four-cylinder or V6 over a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder.

Either powertrain is a good choice for a sporty ride, but if you want to know which is better, you’ll have to make that decision for yourself; it totally depends on what you’re looking for in a vehicle.

Turbo Four-Cylinders in New and Used Cars

A four-cylinder engine is assembled so that each cylinder lines up with the next one, forming a straight line. This is why a four-cylinder is sometimes called an I4.

Turbocharged I4s have a displacement of less than three liters, which is the number before the L in the description of the engine. Because of the lower displacement, four-cylinder engines are fuel efficient, produce fewer emissions, and are smaller than a six-cylinder.

What really sets the I4 apart is the turbocharger. The addition works by forcing exhaust back into the cylinders, which creates bigger “explosions” as the pistons pump inside the cylinders. The result is more power, especially at higher RPMs, and more horsepower than some larger engines.

Six-Cylinder engines in Used and New Cars

Six-cylinder engines usually come in two configurations. The first being the V6, in which the cylinders are aligned in the shape of a V, and the second being the I6, in which the cylinders are aligned like in the I4. The V6 is the most common.

V6 engines without a turbocharger are “naturally aspirated,” so it uses only the air and fuel that are pulled into the engine during the original cycle. A V6 engine can produce low RPM torque and power better than a turbocharged four-cylinder, because more air enters the pistons, which creates even bigger explosions.

But the V6 isn’t without downsides. You can expect to pay more at the gas pump when you refuel, and you might have to visit more frequently than if your vehicle had a turbo four.

Which Costs More?

The turbocharged I4 is a common standard powertrain in lots of vehicles, including the Ford Mustang. As you climb trim levels or pay more for options, you’ll encounter larger V6 and sometimes V8 engines.

These larger engines are naturally more expensive to purchase than a turbocharged four-cylinder. And, they’ll use up more gasoline than the I4, which also costs you more.

The Turbocharged Ford Mustang

The original pony car has its own turbocharged four-cylinder engine that doesn’t slack off on performance. The 2021 Mustang comes with the turbo four on two trim levels: the EcoBoost and the EcoBoost Premium.

They’re powered by a 2.3L intercooled turbo I4 with direct fuel injection. They top out at a whopping 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. The EcoBoost engine allows the Mustang to achieve up to 32 miles per gallon.

Turbocharged SUVs

Looking for something with a little more space than a Mustang? A variety of Ford SUVs come equipped with turbocharged I4 engines, including the Ford Focus, Ford EcoSport, and Ford Edge.

SUVs give you plenty of cargo space and optional all-wheel drive, making them useful options for everyday people. And despite the size of the SUV body, the turbocharged four-cylinder is plenty large enough to move it around gracefully.

Shopping for a Turbocharger at a Used Car Dealership or Ford Dealership

If you’ve talked yourself into a turbocharged I4, then you’re in luck! There are plenty of vehicles at the car dealership near you with these engines under the hood.

Visit your local Ford dealership, Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas, to test drive some vehicles with turbocharged four-cylinder engines. At Zeck Ford, you’re certain you’re getting the best deal on a new or used car thanks to our unique perspective on customer service – which we call the Zecksperience – and our transparent pricing and no-haggle sales policy.

All our customers work with a personal shopper, not a commissioned salesperson, to find the vehicle they love, secure financing, and drive off the lot, often the very same day.

See what Zeck Ford has in stock as you browse our complete online inventory of new and used cars for sale. Then, call us at 844-645-5448 to make an appointment to take a test drive.

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