Half Of All New Car Buyers Choose Four Cylinder Engines

Half Of All New Car Buyers Choose Four Cylinder Engines

A new report by J.D. Power and Associates claims that 49% of American car buyers opted for four-cylinder powertrains in cars and light-trucks purchased during the month of April. Concerns over fuel economy and gas prices helped spark a trend in consumers picking the smaller engines in the first quarter of 2010, with 46.5% choosing them, versus 41.9% last year.

Manufacturers are also hoping on the four-banged only bandwagon. Hyundai‘s Sonata and Buick‘s all-new Regal are both available exclusively with four-cylinder engines, and offer turbocharged variants for those who want six-cylinder power. The Regal has historically offered six or eight cylinder powerplants, but GM and Hyundai feel that technologies like direct-injection, six-speed gearboxes and turbocharging will give consumers the perfect blend of power and fuel economy.

With most four-cylinders developing the same power as the V6 engines did a decade ago, the reasons for buying a V6 sedan look increasingly redundant, and consumers are beginning to take notice. After all, who needs a 300 horsepower V6 family car when the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo puts out 274 horses and 34 miles per gallon on the highway?

[Source: USA Today]

  • Chad

    This just in! Half of all car buyers buy the lesser expensive cars, which happen to have 4-cyl motors in them, which is a factor in why they are cheaper.

    *shaking of head*

    This is good journalism?

    Here is a test: Put two cars in front of a buyer at the same exact price and feature set, with only difference…the motor. I bet you that if given the option to spend the SAME amount of money on a car with loads more HP, the buyer will.

  • The Sanity Inspector

    Chad: Not necessarily. If I can get comparable power AND better mileage, I’ll go with the 4-cylinder + turbo over the V-6.