What Engines are Most Popular in 2015 Cars and Trucks?
You close the front door, walk out to your car, and start up the engine—what kind of sound does it make? A V8 burble, a five-cylinder thrum? While aurally pleasing, the type of engine underneath the hood of your vehicle can tell a lot about the current automotive market. WardsAuto recently conducted a mid-year survey of engine types in 2015 cars and trucks, and the data shows a few interesting shifts in what powers the vehicles of today. RELATED: A Ford e-bike Could Change the Way City Commuters Get Around
The big news is the resurgence of the V8 engine, which currently underpins 18.2 percent of 2015 model year light vehicles, a sizable jump from 15 percent in 2014 and the highest level since 2011, when V8s claimed a 20 percent market share. The leap in popularity comes amidst higher demand for full-size pickup trucks and SUVs, spurred in part by low gas prices. Three of the four most popular 2015 cars and trucks on sale in America, per usual, are the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram pickup—all of which offer V8 engines in the lineup.
Drive a compact or midsize sedan? Chances are there’s a peppy four-cylinder engine underneath that hood. Four-cylinder engines maintain their vast market share lead, down slightly to 50 percent in mid-2015, but maintaining a huge 78.7 percent installation rate in the passenger car segments according to Wards. A large portion of that four-cylinder popularity now comes from the increased use of turbocharging, which features on 21.6 percent of all light vehicle engines—a 500 percent increase since 2010.
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V6 engines may still trump the V8s in popularity, 30.3 percent of light vehicles in mid-2015, however their popularity is on a consistent decline due to pressure from increasingly powerful and efficient turbo four-cylinders, as well as strong V8 performers amid cheap gas. Just three years ago, V6 engines claimed a 37.5 percent share of light vehicle installations. The Toyota Camry (the most popular of all 2015 cars on sale), pictured above, features both four- and six-cylinder engines.
However, the hardest hit engine setup appears to be the hybrid, which fell to just 2.1 percent mid-2015, a three year low according to Wards. Electric vehicle layouts increased to 0.5 percent of the market, in fact doubling its take in the car market, however these numbers are quite small in comparison to their more conventional gas-powered cousins.
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