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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 11-05-2010, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Buying SLT-2 4 Cylinder or V6

Whats up everyone. I am new to the fourm, and have been reading up for the past week. I test drove both the 4 cylinder and the 6 last week and still cant decide on which to go with. I like the look of the exhaust on the 6 and obviously the little extra power, but is it worth the extra 1,500 bucks and then when I pump. Or should I just go with the 4. Opionons from both 4 and 6 cylinder owners would be appreciated. Does anyone regret going with one or the other and would change it. Let me know. Thanks. Aslo how many mpg your getting would be nice dont forget to mention if you have a 4 or a 6. Thanks!!!
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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 11-05-2010, 01:23 PM
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Re: Buying SLT-2 4 Cylinder or V6

If you can get SLT-2 AWD in 4cyl then get it, if you choose FWD then get I4 also. I always choose the best...gas doesn't matter to me.

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Re: Buying SLT-2 4 Cylinder or V6

You can always drive the 6cyl to get much better mileage than a regular v6 (has direct injection so it's very efficient) and you know you have the power if needed.
I'll never go with a 4cyl again unless I have to for whatever reason.
My wife had a 4cyl and now that she has the 6 cyl tells me basically the same..

The terrain is a big and heavy car a 4 cyl would go better in a Honda CRV or Rav4, etc..

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post #4 of 56 (permalink) Old 11-05-2010, 01:39 PM
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Re: Buying SLT-2 4 Cylinder or V6

I got My V6 Nox and have had it for exactly 1 month now. It has 2,500km on it and now that it's getting broken in I've floored it a few times this past week. When you hit the gas and redline it, itgoes pretty good and I like the power.

However; the I4 isn't bad either. Before I purchased the vehicle I had the saleman give me an I4 and a V6 for an entire day each. The V6 is obviously more powerfull...but I didn't find it a huge jump more powerful....keep in mind you're really only getting and extra 600cc's of engine size and if you go AWD a lot of that extra power gets eaten up by 1. the extra weight of the AWD system and 2. the extra load of the Hydraulic power steering as opposed to the electic P/S on the 4cyl.

In summary:
-The V6 is more powerful no doubt, and more fun to drive, but not proportionally a huge jump more powerful. Usefull if towing but can't tow that much anyway (3500lbs with trailer brakes)
-The I4 still takes off pretty good, I think because it's geared differently too. Better on gas and the electric steering is way better IMO.

My gas mileage on the V6 so far is about 13.5 L/100km when mostly highway and about 16L /100km when mostly around town. I imagine this will improve a bit by the time the engine is fully broken in around 5000k and I put the fully synthetic oil in.

Ask you sales guy to give you each vehicle for a full or 1/2 day and drive it around al whole lot to be sure.


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Re: Buying SLT-2 4 Cylinder or V6

I have V4 and I'm very happy with acceleration and power it offers. Unless you live in hilly area, or plan to tow over 1500lbs, I don't think you need V6 unless money is not issue. It does seem like money is in question here, and it was same with me, and not so much the extra $1500 but the extra hit at the pump since I commute 40 miles daily in stop and go traffic.

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You can always drive the 6cyl to get much better mileage than a regular v6 (has direct injection so it's very efficient) and you know you have the power if needed.
The V6 is not any more fuel efficient than other V6's on the market. This is a small V6 (3.0L) my wifes 05 Honda Pilot is a (3.5L V6). that engine is 500cc's larger (rated the same 265hp but more torque, 250ftlbs and all rated at lower RPM's) yet it gets pretty much the same fuel economy as the NOX...and the Pilot is a bigger, heavier, boxier vehicle, larger V6 and 6yrs older technology.

So apples-to-apples the Equinox/Terrain V6 is less fuel efficient than some of the other competitors. So, HP/Torque/Fuel ecomomy per cc's of engine size , GM is behind a lot of cometitors. Now, the I4 is a different story. I think they are ahead with this engine.
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Re: Buying SLT-2 4 Cylinder or V6

A V4, dang that's a valuable machine is all i can say! My opinion is---it totally depends on how your going to use your Terrain and what type of performance you expect out of it. It's extremely difficult for me, or anyone else for that mater, to tell you what engine to buy. It's really a personal decision, pick the engine that meets your driving style and the performance requirements of your day to day living.
I bought the V6 ( not the I4) because I tow a small camping trailer weighting approx 2,000 lbs and I need the V6 and towing package to tow up to 3,500 lbs. Just as I and others on here have done--evaluate your needs/wants and pick the engine that meets them!

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Just as I and others on here have done--evaluate your needs/wants and pick the engine that meets them!
Well said ! Almost like asking someone, Who should I marry !


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Re: Buying SLT-2 4 Cylinder or V6

Man that was a quick response. Def appreciate it. I was just looking for opinions. Ive been leaning towards the 6. I used to have a CRV and I just wasnt feeling the power. I think I would regret if I got the 4. I feel like I know what I want just need to convice myself its the right choice. Thanks guys!!!
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Re: Buying SLT-2 4 Cylinder or V6

I bought a new CRV as well in 2002 and owned it for 3 years. In 2005 I went to the Honda Pilot for the V6 power as the 4 cyl in the CRV just didn't quite have enough for me. Now that I got the 2011 Equinox it was a no brainer to continue with a 6cyl. Once you go V6...you never go back
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