This is what I want to know. I'm not a fan of I-4 engines, and having owned only one so far I'm not excited about a 2nd one. But if gas prices climb really high again and stay that way, an I-4 would be better on my wallet. I've driven the I-4, but am waiting to drive the V6 when I take my wife's car in for service soon.Jaybone76 said:What engine did or will you get.. is the v6 worth it?[/color]
Before the last gas price increase, that's how I thought too. In a way, I still feel that way and wasn't too thrilled with the I-4 Terrain SLE-2 I test drove back in October (again, I prefer larger engines). But not knowing what the future will bring, I'm thinking that if I can *live* with the I-4 and save $1500 in the process, allowing me to get a nicer equipped Terrain, then that may be a scarifice I can live with. I need to test drive a V6 model for comparison, but I know deep down inside I will likely leave wanting the V6 and be $1500 more in debt! LOL!!Terrain said:V6 for me, all the way. I'm not as concerned about fuel mileage as I am about refinement and I feel the V6 is better than the I4 in that regard.
Besides, you don't get the dual exhaust tips with the I4...
Just to be technical...Its not the same engineNarg said:We just traded up from an HHR with the same Ecotec I4 engine. That engine is fantastic! I'd only get the V6 if you wanted to tow something. Otherwize, the I4 is the way to go.
Here why we liked it. First, it is very quick to heat up to operating temp. If you live in a cold climate, this is a great thing as the heater starts blowing hot air very quickly compared to a V6. We live in a moderate climate, but still get very cold during the winter, so having that extra heat quicker makes the winters easier to handle for us. It is very torquey for it's size, still not enough for towing, but very good for a 4 banger. With the right exhaust setup, it sounds very nice (our old HHR sounded very sporty, the 'Nox doesn't have the same exhaust, but that's easily fixed...) And of course the fuel savings make it very worth it.
If the V6 just had more torque, I think it would be a good or maybe better choice. But the Ecotec is an extremely impressive engine. I've read where many after market places love this engine because it's so easy to work on and to add things to, for what that's worth.