Thinking of car shopping and have done extensive research with the CR car buying guide as well as numerous online sites. Still need to do majority of hands on test driving.
I know what CR and online sites have to say but also would appreciate pro and con feedback from those of you here on the forum with mechanical expertise and/or ownership experience with the following 2014 engines and transmissions, please.
Toyota Camry 2.5L 4-cyl w/ 6 speed trans
Toyota Camry 3.5L 6-cyl w/ 6 speed trans
Honda Accord 2.4L 4-cyl w/ CVT trans
Honda Accord 3.5L 6-cyl w/ 6 speed trans
Ford Fusion 2.5L 4-cyl Duratec w/ 6 speed trans
Ford Fusion 2.0L turbo w/ 6 speed trans
Chevy Impala 2.5L 4-cyl w/ 6 speed trans
Chevy Impala 3.5L 6-cyl w/ 6 speed trans
I’ll add that I’m leery of the new stop/start engines. I know that manufacturers all have their own design protocols which vary considerably but all rely on either beefed up starters and/or secondary (and in one case tertiary) batteries. I’m also leery of the turbos given my driving habits of short trips with lots of stops at multiple locations; I’m worried that type of driving might tend to “coke” the turbo engines.
If there are any other engine/transmission combinations truly worth looking at, I’m open to suggestions.
So, please help expand my very limited automotive mechanical knowledge.
…still reading, still learning