We’ve all had times when hearing about car specifications that we just nod and pretend to understand. This is especially true when it comes to more mechanical terms, such as “3.6-liter V6 engine.” However, engine type plays a big role in how the vehicle performs, which is why it’s important to understand the differences between options. As your trusted Dodge dealership in Millersburg, OH, Village Motors Inc. is happy to break down the terms.

Four-Cylinder Engines

A four-cylinder engine commonly comes in a “straight” or “inline” configuration. It uses lighter materials and turbocharging technology, enhancing performance in a smaller vehicle. Four-cylinder powertrains are incredibly fuel efficient. The 2019 Ford Fusion comes equipped with a four-cylinder engine.

V Engines

The “V” in V6 or V8 describes the shape of the engine. Since the cylinders are placed at an angle that makes a V shape rather than a straight line, the engine is named after the letter V. The number that come after the V describe the amount of cylinders in an engine. The 2019 RAM 1500, for example, offers both V6 and V6 options.


The “liter” is the total volume of the cylinders in an engine. Since cylinders are the chambers where gasoline is burned and converted into power, the amount of liters an engine holds is indicative of how much gas it takes.

Of course, this is excluding the realm of hybrid and electric powerhouses. To learn more about the specific engine types offered in our new and used cars for sale near New Philadelphia, or how they operate in general, get in touch with us at Village Motors Inc. We look forward to working with you soon!