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4-Cylinder vs V6 vs V8 Engines

Toyota has long been lauded for offering a wide spectrum of vehicles – each of which comes with a variety of options to suit your needs and style. Many of the models come available with two engine options: a 4-cylinder or V6 engine – or for the larger models: a V6 or a V8 engine. If you are on the fence about which engine option is right for you, then you have come to the right place. We are happy to share the pros and cons of each engine choice so that you can drive away happy.

Pros and Cons of 4-Cylinder Engines in Toyota Vehicles

4-cylinder engines can usually be found in most of the smaller Toyota cars, along with the hybrids and some of the crossovers like the C-HR, RAV4, and Highlander. Drivers love having a 4-cylinder engine because it is the most efficient option. These engines have come a long way from earlier versions, and thanks to newly-developed technologies, they can produce a thrilling ride.

However, 4-cylinder engines have a limited towing capacity – so if you need to pull something heavy, you might be better off with a bigger engine.

Pros and Cons of V6 Engines in Toyota Vehicles

If you want more power and attitude, then a V6 is a great choice. The Toyota Highlander can pull up to 5,000 pounds with its V6 engine option (1,500 pounds with the 4-cylinder engine). The extra horsepower and torque that is produced with a V6 engine may also mean that you could enjoy a little more zip in the Camry or Avalon.

V6 engines have a tendency to be a little less efficient though, which means that you might have to refill the gas tank more often.

Pros and Cons of V8 Engines in Toyota Vehicles

The largest engine choice for Toyota vehicles is the V8, which is reserved for the Sequoia and Land Cruiser SUVs, along with the full-sized Toyota Tundra. This engine helps provide a heavier towing power (Tundra models outfitted with the V8 can pull approximately 10,000 pounds), which is ideal for pulling big boats or livestock trailers with several cows or horses.

Unfortunately, V8 engines tend to be rather thirsty, so the vehicle might not be ideal for daily driving. Luckily, technology continues to improve these engines, and that means a modern V8 is more efficient than ones from 15 years ago.

To learn more about engine options and their performance, please contact us or stop by our dealership.



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