The popularity of fuel-efficient, four-cylinder engines are on the rise with 55.8 percent of new vehicles sold or leased in the U.S. during the first half of 2013 equipped with smaller engines.
The data comes from the Power Information Network (PIN) from J.D. Power, which reveals a 1.7-percent increase in the use of four-cylinders compared to 2012. Turbocharged four-cylinder engines have become a more popular choice with automakers worldwide, offering fuel efficiency and performance while remaining eco-friendly.
Just to give an idea of how popular four-cylinder engines have become, in 2008 there were five nameplates with more than 90-percent small-engine penetration in the U.S. market. Today, there are 11. Five years ago, 10 nameplates didn’t even offer engines smaller than six-cylinders while today, only three brands in the U.S. do not offer small engines in their lineup.
Over the last five years, the percentage of four-cylinder engines has increase by 13.1 percent according to J.D. Power’s PIN sales mix. Meanwhile, the percentage of six-cylinders have dropped by 7.8 percent. Sales of V8-equipped vehicles in the same time period has also dropped by 4.9 percent.