Different Engine Types Explained

Posted at Tue, Dec 4, 2018 12:00 AM

When purchasing a used vehicle, Orlando, FL drivers are often faced with a bevvy of different choices, including engine options. Should you choose a 4-cylinder engine or a V8? Universal Used Car Superstore helps put your worries to rest by breaking down the different engine types we offer.


A 4-cylinder engine contains four pistons situated in a straight line. Many small cars and small SUVs have 4-cylinder engines. These types of engines are smaller and light in weight, giving them greater fuel economy but less power than larger engine options. If you’re looking for a reliable vehicle that is great on gas, consider getting one with a 4-cylinder engine.

V6 Engine

A V6 engine has six cylinders arranged in a ‘V’ formation along its crankshaft. Many sedans, trucks, and full-size SUVs feature this type of engine. A V6 engine is larger than its 4-cylinder counterpart and weighs more. While offering more power than a 4-cylinder, a V6 also comes with a heftier price tag.

V8 Engine

V8 engines are found in powerful and fast cars, making them the ideal engine to fulfill your need for speed. They have eight cylinders in a ‘V’ configuration, hence the name. As soon as you step on the gas, you’ll definitely feel the difference. The awesome low-end-torque will effortlessly shove you back into your seat when you’re getting your vehicle up to speed.

While powerful, V8 engines are not especially fuel efficient. They are also the most costly.

If you have additional questions on all of the engine selections available at Universal Used Car Superstore, be sure to stop into our used car dealership or give us a call at 321-319-8695. We’re happy to assist you!

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