What you need to know about a V6 Engine.
A car engine uses pistons to help convert fuel into usable energy and make the car move. The pistons are enclosed in cylinders and move up and down on the crankshaft and help control the air/fuel mixture. This mixture is ignited — either by a spark or compression — causing it to combust in the cylinder. This combustion powers the engine. While 4-cylinder engines have the pistons arranged in a line, 6-cylinder engines usually have them arranged in a V shape. For this reason, 6-cylinder engines are often called V6 engines.
V6 engines have been around almost since the beginning of the auto industry. The first V6 engines were developed in 1905, but the engine style did not become popular until the late 1950s when racecars began to use V6 engines.
V6 engines can provide power to a vehicle more than 4-cylinder engines. This is because, by and large, more pistons can more easily convert more fuel into useable energy. In the past, these engines have been criticized for poor gas mileage and greater emissions into the air. However, modern technology allows V6 engines to run cleaner and achieve better fuel economy than ever.