Different Types of Toyota Engines for Chicago Drivers

March 4th, 2020 by

When shopping for a used Toyota RAV4 or a new Toyota Corolla, Chicago drivers will be faced with a choice between different types of engines. Some of the numbers are pretty straightforward – most drivers know that higher horsepower means a more powerful engine. But when it comes to things like cylinders and liters, it can get a little fuzzier.

Today, we’re going to discuss the different types of engine components, so you know which type you want for your Toyota vehicle!


Simply put, cylinders power your engine. In Toyota vehicles, you’re most likely to see four-, six-, or eight-cylinder engines. More cylinders typically means more power, but running those cylinders also usually uses more gas.

If you’re looking for a fuel efficient car for daily commutes, a four-cylinder engine like the one available in the 2020 Toyota Camry might be a great choice. However, you can upgrade to a six-cylinder if you prefer the extra power. On the other hand, if you’re planning on getting difficult work done in your 2020 Toyota Tundra, you’ll be grateful for a powerful V8 engine instead.


A liter is a way of measuring the size of the engine – or rather, how much air the pistons can inhale. The more space the cylinders take up, the more “liters” an engine can hold. Generally, you’ll find higher liters correlate with more cylinders, because each cylinder adds more space. In Toyota vehicles, you’ll often find a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 3.5-liter V6, and a 5.7-liter V8. Focus on the cylinders for the power you need, and the liters will follow!

Which Type of Engine Should I Choose?

For increased fuel efficiency, you should opt for a smaller, lower-cylinder engine, but if you want more power, a larger, higher-cylinder engine will better suit you. It’s good to have an idea what you want, but be sure to find out exactly what kind of power and mileage you can expect in your vehicle when you visit our Toyota dealers in Chicago. You can learn more about different Toyota engine options at Midtown Toyota.

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