By Huw Evans
For years, American motorists showed an overwhelming preference for V8s and V6s. However, according to statistics released from J.D. Power and Associates, that’s significantly changed in recent times; more than 50 percent of new vehicles purchased in the U.S. so far this year have been powered by four-cylinder engines – an increase from 36 percent five years ago.
As for the reasoning, it’s likely due to a combination of different factors. Perhaps the most obvious is the perceived improvements in fuel mileage offered by fewer cylinders and smaller displacement, certainly among consumers. Another is the need for auto manufacturers to meet tougher fuel economy standards in coming years.