Your Guide to Engines


If you’re shopping for a new 2019 Honda model here in the Baltimore and Parkville, MD area, you may be at the point in your car search where you start comparing different engine options. While many of us understand the basics of car engines, it can still be confusing to figure out which one is right for your needs and your budget.

Here at Heritage Honda Parkville, we want to help by providing a quick car engine guide. Most modern cars come with engines that have four, six, or eight cylinders. While the number of cylinders generally relates to how much power your car has, it’s a little more complicated.

In basic terms, combustion occurs in an engine cylinder, which houses a piston moving either up and down or side to side. Each cylinder connects to a crankshaft which delivers energy generated by the combustion process to drive the vehicle. In general terms, more cylinders equal more horsepower and torque.

There are also different engine designs, which affect how an engine performs. For example, a four-cylinder engine (sometimes shown as an I-4) refers to an inline four-cylinder engine and sits in a vertical configuration. As you add more cylinders, many engines adopt a V-shaped configuration. For example, six-cylinder engines are V-shaped and show up as a V6.

Thanks to modern technology, smaller engines can sometimes produce more power than larger ones, thanks to turbocharging. So, a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine like the one found in the 2019 Honda Civic LX delivers more power and torque than the standard 2.0-liter engine.

When it comes to picking the right engine for you, we recommend thinking about how you’ll use your car. While more powerful engines can produce more power, they also use up more gas. So, if you’re shopping for a new model, visit our Parkville Honda dealership today to discuss which model and engine option is right for you. 

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