V6 vs 4 cylinder

engines

#1

I’m looking for a used Honda Accord. Is there any reason I should prefer a six-cylinder car over a four-cylinder car? Thank you.


#2

In view of rising gas prices, in spite of a temporary lull, I would go for a 4 cylinder in good condition. The 4 cylinder is a well proven engine and has adequate power.


#3

If the four-cylinder has enough power for you, get that. If not, get the six.


#4

Actually, if the four performs well for you there’s a reason you may prefer that over the six. Lower maintenance costs when the car gets older. Transversely mounted six cylinders can be more difficult to access (the rear bank) than 4-bangers. Since there’s more stuff under the hood, other components can be more difficult to access also. And you only have one exhaust system with a 4-banger! And 1/2 as many cat converters!


#5

The only reasons I can think of for getting the V6 is that you don’t mind spending more money on gas and the V6 is probably more fun to drive. I suppose if you haul heavy gear and people, the extra power might be useful. Test drive both cars and see if four cylinders are enough for you.


#6

When my wife bought her 96 Accord we were seriously thinking about getting the V6 or V-Tec engine. Wasn’t sure if the standard 4-cylinder had enough power. We test drove all 3 and the standard 4-cylinder had MORE then enough power for US. Car was running GREAT after 10 years and 220k miles when we gave it to our Niece.


#7

It is personal preference. If you buy the 2003+ Honda Accord the 4 cylinder has a timing chain which saves you around $600-$800 every 105k miles.

The fuel consumption on vs the other may not be substantial in all cases check EPA ratings.


#8

Where did you get those figures from??? That’s awfully high for a timing belt change. Typical cost around here in NH is about $400.


#9

I have a 2005 EX with the 6 and get about 28 MPG on the highway (commuting). If that’s good enough for you, then consider that the 6-cyl will be quieter and smoother than the 4.


#10

Used, I would say the four cylinder would be cheapest to run and replace if anything goes really wrong with it, such as a trip to a quick oil change place.


#11

That was what I was going to say. The timing belt always makes me a bit more nervous. I haven’t had one snap and I know chains can snap too, but yet again…

I guess the belt change is cheaper in NH. I am in CA and it is $600+.


#12

Take both for a test drive and see which you like.


#13

V6 is higher and I live in the Seacoast of NH where everything is more expensive. I did take the figure from friends with Odyssey’s which is likely harder due to engine bay.


#14

Seacoast IS expensive.

Drive a 30 miles East to Manchester or Raymond. Should be a cheaper.


#15

For the 98-02 generation of Accord in particular, the 6 cylinders were frying automatic transmissions at absurd rates. The 4 cylinders still had above normal rates of problems, but were DRAMATICALLY better.

I’d stick with the 4 cylinder for fuel economy and reliability.


#16

Apparently people don’t recall that Honda was late to offer a V-6 in their Accord; long after everyone else had one. The probable reason was that their 4 cyl was very adequate. They had to provide a V-6 to meet the competition, functionally needed or not and probably not. The same silly race has and is happening with the number of automatic transmission speeds, 7 in one particular brand, and tire rim diameters.


#17

I was looking at 06-07 Accord EXL sedans with the 4-cylinder. Having driven both, I liked the power of the V6, but it seems asinine to have any real power in a front-wheel drive car to begin with. Plus, the Accord is meant to be a normal car. The normal engine these days is a 4-cylinder!


#18

Test drive’s the bottom line. Friend asked if a 4-cyl Accord was a good car, I said yes, they bought it. I’ve now heard (for several years) how the 4 isn’t as smooth as the v6 in their old car. So it depends on what you like!


#19

Living in western Montana having a V6 car really helps getting up and around the mountain passes. I’ve alwayed noticed that V6 engines run smoother than I4s.


#20

If you prefer manual transmission there are very few 6 cylinder models available.