2014 Camry V6 vs. 4-Cylinder: What’s Better for San Antonio Drivers

Now that you have made the wise decision to purchase 2014 Toyota Camry, another key decision must be made; whether to choose the relatively potent yet ultra-efficient four-cylinder engine or the reasonably efficient and more powerful six-cylinder. There are pros and cons in the argument for either case. The major advantage of the four-cylinder has to be fuel efficiency but honestly the V6 engine is quite efficient, as well. The V6 has a great deal of power and that is a definite benefit but frankly the four-cylinder has a lot of get-up-and-go, too. As far as cons — there really isn’t any down side to either of these smooth, reliable, and efficient engine choices. The cons can only be found in your individual driving style and personal preference. Let’s take a closer look at each.

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The 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder 2AR-FE engine is composed of an aluminum cylinder block and cylinder head, making it more lightweight and efficient than ever before. This is a dual-overhead cam engine that employs variable valve timing for intake and exhaust valves (dual VVT-i). The cylinder block uses cast iron cylinder wall liners in a die-cast aluminum lower crankcase with a stamped oil pan. Five main bearings are used for increased block strength and durability, in addition to better support for the fully balanced offset crankshaft. The crankshaft rotates twin contra-rotational balance shafts which serve to make engine operation extremely smooth and quiet. The 2AR-FE engine, which has been used in Camry production since 2009, features low friction technologies such as roller rockers, a three stage variable oil pump, and reduced friction piston rings for added durability. Longer electronic fuel injector nozzles help to more efficiently atomize fuel by delivering it deeper into the cylinder. This process also reduces the amount of carbon left behind by harmful fuel additives, resulting in lower exhaust emissions and greater fuel economy. The 2AR-FE is actually offered in two versions of the 2014 Toyota Camry. Trim levels L and LE are available with a slightly detuned variety that has 169-horsepower and 167 lb.-ft. of torque while the SE trim level is equipped with a more potent version with 179-horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque.

The second engine option for the 2014 Camry is a DOHC 3.5-liter 2GR-FE V6 which is comprised of a cast iron engine block with aluminum cylinder heads. Again, dual variable valve timing is used to control valve lift and duration for intake and exhaust camshafts. Roller rockers with low friction roller bearings open and close valves smoothly and seamlessly and a specially designed camshaft with concave lobes is used to increase valve lift over the conventional shim-less lash adjuster setup. Vehicle software settings control exact horsepower ratings which are between 266 and 280. The 2014 Camry is set at 268-horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2GR-FE is available with the SE and XLE trim level Camry.

As with any other of life’s decisions, this engine choice will require that other factors are considered. Your own driving style is probably the biggest of these factors; however, traffic patterns and volumes are of concern as well. With the heat, dust, and ever increasing amount of traffic in San Antonio, you need to ask yourself: Which do I need more; rapid, effortless acceleration or fewer stops? Today’s Toyota engines are state-of-the-art examples of getting a lot from very little and even the four-cylinder offering provides ample power for everyday driving. Having said that, there are times when you may feel the need to effortlessly pass other motorists. If this is the case, then your driving style may demand the V6 engine. Regardless of which engine you choose, Toyota of Boerne, in San Antonio, Texas, will help you to get the right 2014 Camry at the right price.