Which is better, a V6 or a V8? This question may seem outdated to some in this age of turbocharging, hybrids, and electric vehicles. However, it’s still relevant, particularly when shopping for a truck or SUV. Moreover, with gas costs escalating with no end in sight, fuel economy is again on our minds in a very big way.
Ultimately, we can’t tell you which is better because it all boils down to your specific needs. What you want to accomplish with your vehicle should determine whether a V8 or a V6 is suitable for you.
We aim to arm you with enough knowledge to make the best choice for your needs. Since this isn’t a general discussion of powertrains, we will concentrate on the V8 and V6, leaving out 4-cylinder engines and electric powertrains. We will ignore V10s and V12s, as well.
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