If a new truck purchase is in your future, your biggest decision might be choosing between a V6 or a V8 engine. For years, many drivers wouldn’t even consider a full-size pickup without a V8, but modern technological advances have more drivers considering a truck with a V6 engine. So, how should you choose which option works best for your needs? Continue reading for four considerations to keep in mind as you decide.

What’s the difference between a V6 and V8 engine?

Even seasoned truck owners may not know the exact differences between V6 and a V8 engines. The numbers signify the number of cylinders required to power the vehicle’s engine. A V6 represents a six-cylinder engine and a V8 is an eight-cylinder. Gas is ignited by the spark plug within each cylinder, inherently giving V8 engines more power.

While it may seem like more power is always better, that’s not always the case. Deciding between a V6 and V8 truck depends on your needs and how you plan to use the vehicle.


Which engine is better for towing?

In recent years, V6 engines have seen major advances in power, torque, gas mileage and towing capacity. However, a V8 is likely the smarter choice if you often tow and haul heavy loads, especially if the V6 truck you’re considering doesn’t offer a turbocharged or diesel engine option. In general, V8 engines provide better overall power, speed and acceleration.

What about fuel economy?

When it comes to gas mileage, V6 engines take the cake. For many buyers, efficient gas mileage is one of the biggest advantages in choosing a V6 engine. This is true with just about any modern, full-size, V6-powered truck, no matter the make or model. If you decide to purchase a V6 truck, you’ll see significant savings at the pump.


So, what’s the deciding factor?

Each type has its pros and cons. If you don’t need your truck to work heavy-duty, a V6 is the way to go as it often handles better and provides more stability. Choosing a V6 engine also makes more sense for trips into the city or light-duty use. But, if you’re frequently pulling equipment, you’ll want the speed and power a V8 provides. 

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