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Ranking of the best American six-cylinder cars on the used market

Ford F-150 Raptor

In the US, the V8 is king. In the 1960s and 1970s, the 6-cylinder engine was considered the ‘budget’ alternative to the mighty V8 and was offered in cars at a more affordable price. It was not until the 1980s that the V6 became quite important thanks to cars like the Buick GNX — which was faster and faster than a V8-powered Corvette despite a turbocharged V6.



The 6-cylinder has come a long way since then and is now considered the mid-range engine choice in American cars – with the lower and entry-level option usually being a 4-cylinder. This applies to a large number of cars, of the Chevrolet Camaro to the Cadillac CT5. Some older-generation cars, like the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, still offer V6s as an entry-level option, but even they’ve spruced up their lineups and added optional four-wheel drive to those models.

While the V8 engine is still considered the king of the American car, the six-cylinder slowly sneaks in and takes over. The Ford GT supercar is even powered by a 6-cylinder engine, just like the mighty F-150 Raptor – two vehicles that are at the top of their segment. With that, here are some of the best 6-cylinder American cars currently for sale on the used market, ranked.


8 Jeep Cherokee Classic

The Jeep Cherokee XJ is one of the best cars Chrysler has ever made. The XJ, produced between 1983 and 2001, was available with a range of engines, but the best and most popular was the 4.0-liter ‘High-Output’ straight-6, which produced 190 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque .

The XJ Cherokee is an excellent choice for off-road driving in the great outdoors, thanks to its 4×4 system and unibody design, the vehicle is stiffer and more controllable than many other off-roaders. a used Jeep Cherokee XJs Can Be Picked Up Now For Just $10,000

Related: Why the Jeep Cherokee XJ is a favorite for tackling off-road trails


7 RAM 1500 V6 Diesel

The RAM 1500 is one of the best workhorses on the market – along with the Ford F-150. The RAM is available with a few engines ranging from a V6 and a mighty V8 to a pretty good diesel. The 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque – about 10 lb-ft more than the 5.7-liter V8.

The Diesel V6 isn’t as fast or fast as the petrol options, but it’s much more efficient and can tow the same 10,700 lbs – with no load. The RAM 1500 V6 Diesel is a great option for long tripsthanks to better range and efficiency.

6 Lincoln Kite

The Lincoln Aviator is the smallest of the luxury SUVs in Lincoln’s range. The Aviator is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, which produces 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque in standard trim, while the higher-spec Grand Touring adds a hybrid powertrain – boosting power to nearly 500 horsepower and 630 lb-ft.

The Aviator is a fantastic alternative to European luxury SUVs, both in performance and luxury. The vehicle is available with both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive as it is based on the Ford Explorer.

Related: These Are the Best Features of the 2022 Lincoln Aviator


5 Chrysler 300C

The Chrysler 300C has been around for a while and the model range is getting smaller by the year. Currently, the 300C offers a 3.6-liter V6 or a 5.7-liter V8 – one of the few affordable family sedans that still offer a V8.

The V6 is a 3.6-litre engine that produces 300 horsepower and is mated to a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission. The 300 is available as standard with rear-wheel drive, but can optionally be supplied with four-wheel drive for the snowy months. Although it is now quite old, the 300 is still a great affordable alternative to the Toyota Avalon and Dodge Charger SXT.

4 Dodge Charger SXT

The Charger is one of the few large family sedans that still offer a V6 as a base model. The Dodge Charger SXT may be the entry-level model in the Charger range, but it’s a pretty good option and alternative to the equivalent Toyotas, Hondas, and Acuras.

The Charger SXT is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that goes to the rear wheels only, or all four wheels via an optional four-wheel drive system. While the charger shares most components with the Chrysler 300it is a sportier alternative and is updated more often.

Related: Here’s What We Love About the Dodge Charger SXT

3 Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevrolet Camaro is a brilliant muscle car. The Camaro SS with its 6.2-liter V8 gives the Ford Mustang GT and Dodge Challenger Scat Pack some competition, but unlike the Mustang or Challenger, the Camaro has more than two engine configurations to choose from.

While the Camaro has its entry-level turbo 4-cylinder and the big V8, it also offers a mid-range V6. The 335 hp 3.6-litre has a surprising guttural sound coming from the exhaust and completely changes the attitude of the car. The V6 Camaro is also available with the 1LE track packadding a body kit with a front splitter, a rear diffuser and a large wing on the trunk.

2 Ford Taurus SHO

The Ford Taurus SHO has always been the popular American sedan. The first two generations had V6 engines tuned by Yamaha specifically for the Taurus SHO. The model then made a small detour with a V8 before returning to the V6 for the fourth generation.

The last Taurus SHO had a 3.5 liter displacement and had two turbochargers bolted to the side, resulting in 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque going to all four wheels – instead of just the front wheels – through a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Taurus SHO is a great choice for a relatively cheap and powerful sedan – especially to be used as a sleeper.

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1 Ford F-150 Raptor

The Ford F-150 Raptor is probably the favorite 6-cylinder vehicle ever made in the US. The Raptor is currently in its second generation and the current one was recently revamped to offer better technology and features. The Raptor is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6, good for 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.

It is currently available pre-owned for about $40,000; however, some used examples can easily cost the same as a new one – sometimes even more. The Raptor is a fantastic 6-cylinder vehicleas at home in the suburbs as navigating the sand dunes of Arizona or the snows of North Dakota.