Most vehicles on the road today are powered by a four-cylinder, V6, or V8 engine. There are various differences between the three, and knowing those will help you pick the type best-suited for your preferences. At Griffin Chrysler Jeep® Dodge RAM, we asked the technicians in our RAM service center to list out what makes each engine unique. We know that shopping for a new car can be difficult, and it’s good to know what type of engine fits your unique needs.


The V8 engine is one of the biggest engines equipped in vehicles, featuring eight cylinders that each house eight pumping pistons. With that many combustion chambers, expect the ability to tow and haul plenty of cargo. For example, the 5.7-liter V8 in the RAM 2500 supports a maximum 13,880-lb towing and 3,050-lb payload capacity.


The V6 engine is also quite big, featuring a total of six cylinders that pump out plenty of performance. Albeit not as fuel efficient as a four-cylinder, its trade-off is more torque and horsepower.


The four-cylinder engine is the most fuel efficient of all three options, allowing you to focus more on driving than spending time at the fuel pump. It shines best when it’s used for long and short commutes alike. Most five-passenger sedans can be found with a four-cylinder engine under the hood, along with smaller SUVs.

Regardless of which engine you opt for, you cannot go wrong. Whether fuel efficiency or hauling power is a priority, knowing your needs will help you choose the best powertrain. To learn more about these engine options, visit our new and used car dealership located at 1121 S. Main Street.