Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
James asks: 2016 Hyundai Tucson. Which is better – less maintenance, fuel, etc. – the regular 4 cylinder version or the turbocharged 4 cylinder version. Thanks!
My reply: Nominally, the turbo gets better mileage but actually (having driven it) not so much. Unless you don’t use the turbo much – which is hard to do because without the boost, there’s not much engine. This is the shuck and jive behind the upswell of (supposedly) have-your-cake-and-eat-ito-too small engines that get good gas mileage and deliver high-power. A larger engine delivers the same power – and about the same gas mileage in real-world use… without the additional parts (i.e., the turbo, plumbing) and the stress (i.e., the boost). Which usually means more reliable and less maintenance.
But… it’s getting hard to find a powerful larger engine; the choice is between a lower-powered small engine and the turbocharged small engine.
So the question becomes: How much do you want to risk in terms of potential repair costs for the power? The mileage being largely a wash…
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