A Guide to How to Compare Engines When Shopping for a Used Car
When shopping for a used car we usually think about a lot of factors. We are concerned with price, brand, model, color, and what extra features the car may have. An often overlooked factor is the car’s engine. Most of us do not even think about it. However, the engine is heart of the car. It is going to have a huge impact on pricing, fuel economy, and driving. And it sometimes may have an affect the car’s equipment and features. But how do you know what type of car engine to get? Comparing car engines is not as hard as it may seem. We are going to explain it so you will know how to compare engines when shopping for a used car.
The first thing you need to know is the lingo. Engine terms can seem intimidating to some people. Luckily, there are only a few terms you need to know when comparing car engines.
Cylinders: First, there are the cylinders. The cylinders are the part of the car’s engine that burns the gasoline and turns it into power. The number of cylinders a car has will tell you how big the engine is. Most vehicle engines are 4, 6, or 8 cylinders. A car with 8 cylinders (V8) will produce more power. But a car with 4 cylinders will get better gas mileage.
Displacement: The next term you will need to know is engine displacement. Displacement is the size of all the cylinders in a car’s engine (measured in liters). Let us take a look at an example of displacement. A car has a 4-cylinder engine. The cylinders have a volume of 500cc each. This means the size of all the cylinders is 2000cc. Convert the cc’s over to liters and you have the size of the engine. The result is 2 liters, so the car has a 2.0 liter engine. The higher the number of liters an engine has, the larger the engine. Larger engines tend to produce more power, but also use more fuel.
Horsepower: The last term you will need to know when comparing car engines is the horsepower rating. The horsepower rating of a car tells you how much power the engine makes. It also indicates how much sustained work the car can do. The horsepower of a car can tell you how much more powerful one engine is over another. But, this information is only useful when comparing engines of the same make and model of car. Factors such as the car’s weight and transmission can affect the speed and performance. So, a car with a 250-hp engine may not really be faster than a car with 200-hp.
Comparing Car Engines: Which One is Right for You?
Now that you have the basic idea about engine terms, it is time to figure out which is going to be the best for you. There are many pros and cons to different engine types. But instead of going through them all, we have simplified the process of comparing car engines. You only have to ask yourself one question, Which is more important: performance or economy? How you answer this question will help you understand which engine is right for you.
If economy is more important to you, a car with a smaller engine and less power is what you may want. These cars cost less and get better fuel economy than cars with a larger engine and more power. This means you should look at used vehicles with 4 cylinders. If you are willing to trade some of the economy benefits for a little bit of performance, you should look at pre-owned cars with 6 cylinders (V6), lower liters and lower horsepower.
If performance is more important to you, a car with a larger engine and more power will be the way to go. These cars usually cost more, and do not have the fuel economy that smaller engines do. But if the higher costs are worth the price of engine power to you, look at pre-owned vehicles with 8 cylinders. Used cars with 6 cylinder engines can pack a power punch also. Just make sure it has a high horsepower rating.
The terms and tips we have provided are helpful for comparing car engines before you head to a used car dealership in Miami for a test drive. Use it only as a guide to follow when shopping for a used car. Test driving a used car is the best way to know if the car’s engine is the right fit for you. At Prado Auto Sales we have used cars with a variety of engine types that you can test drive from our inventory. You can test drive some of the best pre-owned economy cars. You can also test drive pre-owned cars with 6 or 8 cylinder engines and good horsepower ratings. If you are not sure what engine type is the right fit for you, we can help you with the process of comparing car engines. Please give us a call at 305-508-4099 to schedule a test drive. Or just stop by at our 7300 SW 8th Street, Miami FL, 33144 location to test drive the best used cars in Miami.
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