In Reno, getting the right Ram truck to suit your needs is important. One of the consistent discussions you'll hear as you look at buying a truck is whether you should get a truck with a V6 or a V8 engine. In very basic terms, V6 and V8 show the number of cylinders that each engine has. V6 means that the vehicle has six cylinders and V8 means the vehicle has eight cylinders.

Historically the greater the number of cylinders, the greater the power the engine can create. However, many modern vehicles offer unique systems that can help close the power gap between the two engine styles. Let's look at some of the pros of both engine types so you can decide which one will work the best for you.

Pros of the V6

The V6 is often seen as the more flexible option for your engine. It gives you the ability to produce a decent amount of power when needed, and it is often more economical.

Better Gas Mileage

Almost all V6 engines use less gas than the larger engine sizes. This means that you will typically see better gas mileage in your V6 Ram when compared to its V8 counterparts.

Lower Maintenance Cost

The V6 engine is going to have fewer moving parts. This means that there is less that can go wrong, and when something does go wrong it tends to be easier and cheaper to fix.

Smaller Lighter Design

V6 engines are smaller and lighter than V8 engines. This means that the V6 usually offers better handling when compared to a V8.

New Technology Gives V6 a Power Boost

At one time, the power difference between V6 and V8 was insurmountable, but with changes in technology, the V6 can be supercharged to offer very competitive power outputs. These boosts can turn your V6 into a workhorse when the need arises.

Pros of the V8

The V8 is the better option when the truck will be used daily for hauling and towing. It offers a lot of consistent power for the driver.

Higher Power Ceiling

Even with all these updates to V6 engines, the V8 still has the highest power available. If you want to max out your power the V8 is the best at that.

Better Speed and Acceleration When Hauling

When the engine is going to be called upon to constantly pull and haul, the V8 will offer the most power with the best performance. You will notice less strain on the V8 engine when hauling huge loads as compared to a V6.

You Can Haul More Weight, More Often

The increase in power a V8 affords means that your Ram truck will be able to haul more weight than the V6 and it will be able to do it more often with less strain on the vehicle.

Make Your Choice at Dolan Dodge Ram FIAT

So, which one is better for you? Both the V6 and the V8 have features that can appeal to everyone. It all comes down to what you plan to use the truck to do. If your daily life is driving around Reno, but you want the option to haul big loads on the weekends, or when the need arises, then the V6 gives you great fuel economy and enough power to handle the job.

If you know that your lifestyle calls for carrying big payloads every day or hauling a ton of equipment all the time, the V8 will give you the power and performance to get the job done. If your still not sure which one is right for you, contact our helpful staff at Dolan Dodge Ram FIAT and we will be happy to let you experience both a V8 and V6 option on a test drive.