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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationBuying & Selling · 1 decade ago

4 cylinder vs V-6 what is the difference between them?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Most 4s are inline engines. Inline engines have one head, one manifold, and a simple cam drive. They have fewer areas for problems to occur and are usually easy to work on. 4 cylinder inlines do have an issue with harmonic vibration that is best corrected with balance shafts. Small 4 cylinder engines produce low torque and usually have to be rev'ed a little higher for power. Modern 4 cylinder engines are much better that the junk from the 70's.

    V6's have 2 banks of cylinders in a v shape . There are more parts and depending on the car it can be more difficult to access parts during repairs. V6's produce more power at low RPMs and are smoother than 4 cylinder engines. The V angle is typically 60 or 90 degrees. A 60 degree engine may also have balance shafts to reduce vibration. 90 degree engines are likely V8 designs with 2 cylinders eliminated.

    Economy is a toss up. It's all about efficiency. The engine that is matched best to the demands of the car and driver, has low internal friction, burns fuel more effectively will win.

    For small cars ( Accord, Camry, etc) I prefer a 4 cylinder. For larger cars the 6 is needed for torque to pull the extra mass without having to rev the engine too much.

    Also, transmissions are equally important.

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  • tedman
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    4 Cylinder Vs 6 Cylinder

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  • 4 years ago

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    Just use some common sense. The same displacement on 4 and 6 cylinders will have an impact in the cylinder size. For a 4 cylinder, 2.4 divided by 4 is 0.6 so each cylinder has that size. On a 6 cylinder, if you dive 2.4 by 6 you only get 0.4 so you get a smaller cylinder. In general, a smaller cylinder will give you more power at a higher RPM. Instead, a big cylinder can give you more power at a lower RPM. You also ca get more torque out of a bigger engine, as long the cylinders are bigger. On your case, if you compare both engines side by side, you will probably get more torque out of the 4 cylinder engine, but you could compensate also with the fact that you have 6 cylinders moving instead of 4. Same thing goes with the V or inline setup. A V engine uses more effort to move than an inline. You can also force an inline to go at more RPM than a V engine. This is the reason many vehicles out there have such a high RPM red line: they use inline engines. Going up from a 4 to a 6 cylinder engine should be done together with the volume, so if you have a 2.4 L 4 cylinder, the next level should be a 3.6L inline 6 or V6 (as you go from inline to V you will change some things in the equation as I said before). At the end, it all comes to what the vehicle is destined to be used for. If you wish to have a sports car, you should go for the inline 4. If you want a sedan that is quiet and still have some power, use the V6. If you want a mix, go for the inline 6 (all this is assuming the displacement is the same for all of them: 2.4L). Or just add a turbo kit to any, and then you will have real power… lol

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  • 3 years ago

    4 Cylinder Vs V6

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  • 5 years ago

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    4 cylinder vs V-6 what is the difference between them?

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  • Pete
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    The first 3 answers didn't tell you much, did they? (Maybe they just thought you couldn't count?) Anyway, there's a bunch of differences. First, a 4 has to rev faster to get the same power given equal CYLINDER displacement. Therefore it tends to wear out sooner (less total mileage before it dies). But it will accelerate faster given equal piston size because there is less weight. Second, a 6 will run smoother with less inherent vibration because you get more power strokes per rev, but that is just theoretical - a modern 4 banger is so smooth that you probably won't feel the difference. Third, a 6 will generally have more total displacement simply because there are more cylinders, which means more power. There is a limit as to how much displacement can be built into a cylinder, and when that limit is met, we need to add more cylinders. (Some WWII fighters had 24 cylinders.) Lastly, it is not true that a 4 is necessarily more efficient than a 6. Efficiency (miles per gallon) is determined by how many power strokes are needed to achieve X amount of power in a given time, coupled with how good the transmission is. What kills mileage is acceleration; slow, smooth acceleration is good - hard, sharp acceleration is bad. That's why manufacturers can tell you pretty exactly what you're going to get "highway" (it's engineered into the power train), but they can't tell you exactly what you're going to get "in town" (lots of stops and starts) because they don't know what kind of a driver you are. Hope this helps. Get back to me if you want anything more specific. Have a good day!

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  • 6 years ago

    That depends on what 4 cylinder you are talking about v-4, inline 4, are you talking Gas or diesel motors. To answer this you must be specific to get the right answer. Keep in mind all inline motors with same CID as the V-motor counterpart has more torque. Diesels also have more power than Gas motors.

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  • 6 years ago

    does the four cylinder eclipse get more gas to the gallon than the six cylinder ecipse

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    v6 will have more power than the 4 so more often will use more fuel. unless you are buying a large car like a magna that us underpowered with a 4. in that case a v6 will be more fuel efficient.

    there is not alot of diference between the 4 cylinder and the v6 except 2 more cylinders configured in a slightly different way

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  • 1 decade ago

    1. 2 cylinders

    2. Cylinder arrangement -- I vs V

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