Drivers Looking For Smaller Engines

DETROIT (AP) -- About a quarter of passenger cars in the U-S have four-cylinder engines, which are less powerful than the more-common six-cylinder models.

But with gasoline hovering around three dollars a gallon, the four-cylinder models appear to be getting more popular.

Through May, a majority of those buying one of the best-selling mid-size cars from General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota and Honda have chosen the thriftier engines.

Chrysler says seven in ten of those who bought Sebrings picked four-cylinder versions. That's up from about half on the model phased out last year.

The main knock on four-cylinder cars is that they're often noisier and don't accelerate as well.


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