People who are on the verge of buying a new car frequently ask a question that sounds something like this: Which is better in terms of fuel economy? 2.4L I4 or 3.5L V6? This was a question I had when I was looking for a vehicle. It’s wonderful for a vehicle to look great, but not if it cost a fortune in gas.
Well, the first thing we need to understand is that, there is far more to what contributes to better fuel economy than just the engine style. This article will discuss 3 things you can do to help your wallet and your vehicle.
Before we even start talking about the engine, we should mention that, the way a person drives a car can greatly affect the fuel economy of his/her car; if someone regularly goes pedal to the metal (literally,) and gets the RPM well over 4,000, then it is more than likely that the MPG of his/her car would be a lot lower than a car driven by someone who keeps RPM under 3,000 all the time, regardless of what car they’re each driving.
Secondly, it makes a huge difference if we are comparing the different options of the same model, or comparing two entirely different cars. Take the example of a Toyota Camry, which comes with either a 2.4L I4 or a 3.5L V6. The I4 would be sufficient for most people, but the V6 would offer improved power at a minimal mileage sacrifice of maybe 3-5 MPG (i.e. 2.4L is slightly more fuel efficient.) However, if you’re comparing, say, a 3.5L V6 Camry to a 2.5L Nissan Sentra, then it’s much more difficult, not only because that they are of different makes, but also that there’s a major difference between their respective designs. Either way, chances are, Sentra, being the lighter car, would accelerate almost identical to the V6 Camry due to the weight difference, but it will get better MPG due to lower power and lighter weight.
Finally, and most importantly, please do remember to maintain your car at its scheduled maintenance mileage; the better the condition of a car, the more likely its fuel efficiency will stay high for a longer time. Not to mention that regular maintenance is also a great way to ensure the car users’ safety.
Anyway, it is extremely important to protect your car by driving safely. If you do that, your car should in return, protect you and your wallet by staying functional with better fuel economy. Have fun and remember to always stay safe on the road!