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What Advantages Does a 4-Cylinder Engine Bring to Black Diamond Drivers?

(Posted on Jun 17, 2021 at 01:00PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="[Used%2CDodge%2CJourney%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/Dodge_Journey_I-4.png"alt="Green 2018 Dodge Journey Canada Value Package (CVP) parked in front of a white background"/></a>The 2018 Dodge Journey has a 2.4L I-4 engine on its CVP and SE Plus trims. This 4-cylinder powertrain offers some significant advantages related to value, practicality, and efficiency. 

What is a 4-cylinder engine? 

A cylinder is simply a small container in the engine. The fuel injector sprays gas into this receptacle, the spark plug ignites it, and the resulting combustion pushes a piston, which then allows the motor to engage.


A 4-cylinder engine is more fuel-efficient than a V6 because it has fewer pistons requiring gas. If you are looking for a vehicle that costs less to operate, an I-4 like the Dodge Journey CVP is the perfect option. 


4-cylinder engines are generally more environmentally friendly than their V6 peers. Since there are fewer pistons consuming fuel, there is also less exhaust produced. This means your vehicle will have a smaller carbon footprint overall.


Finally, 4-cylinder engines are often lower-priced because they are lighter and easier to manufacture. The 2018 Dodge Journey CVP and SE Plus both offer this balance of value and practicality. 

To learn more about the engine options of the 2018 Dodge Journey and to ask about other 4-cylinder vehicles for sale at our Calgary dealership, contact us today. Don't forget to ask about our available financing options as well.
<a href="[New%2CChrysler%2CGrand%20Caravan%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/2021_chrysler_caravan_fuel_efficiency.jpg"alt="Black 2021 Chrysler Grand Caravan driving on a street with blurred trees in background"/></a>How you drive and maintain your car can have a significant impact on its fuel economy. Here are some tips to help make your engine run as efficiently as possible.
Don't Overload the Roof

At highway speeds, up to 50% of engine power is used to overcome aerodynamic drag. Things like bike racks, cargo boxes, and loaded roof rails can significantly increase air resistance and your gas mileage. You can limit this issue if you store items inside the cargo area of your vehicle instead. 

Slow Down; Brake Smart

The faster you go, the less efficient your car gets. Acceleration can hurt fuel economy, and hard braking can waste the energy you spent getting up to speed. Using cruise control on the highway can help you drive more efficiently, so you can extend the time between visits at the pumps. 

Keep Up With Regular Maintenance

Dirty spark plugs, worn-out tire treads, blocked air filters, and contaminated motor oil can all hurt fuel economy. Follow your vehicle's maintenance schedule, and keep appointments at your service centre. These regular tune-ups can also increase the lifespan and your enjoyment of your auto, as well as its safety. 

To see which vehicles provide the best fuel efficiency figures, contact our Calgary, Alberta dealership today.
2021 chrysler pacifica for sale in calgary abThe wheelbase of a vehicle is the distance between the centres of its front and rear tires. It is a commonly-cited specification, but what does it mean? 

A car with a longer wheelbase has extra interior space. This connection might seem obvious, but the vehicle may also display less evident traits. For example, it will be more stable and offer a smoother ride. This is why SUVs and luxury cars often have lengthier dimensions. 

On the other hand, autos with shorter wheelbases offer better handling. For this reason, many sports cars have less distance between their front and back tires. 

Towing vehicles, such as pickup trucks like the Ram 1500, benefit from very long wheelbases because it makes it harder for them to lose control when pulling heavy loads. 

Whether you are interested in sports cars with shorter wheelbase measurements or lengthier sedans or trucks, contact our Calgary dealership today to inquire about our current offerings.

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