There are a great many Kia cars here at Folsom Lake Kia, near Roseville, CA. Your choices extend well beyond make and model. For instance, many of the same models come with different options for engines. To give you a better idea of which engine would best for you, we’d like to briefly explain engine basics.


The fuel you put in your car is used to create explosions in your engine. These explosions are where the power to move the car comes from. The more technical term for these controlled explosions is combustion.


Combustion occurs in the cylinders, making the number of cylinders an engine has fairly important. Furthermore, the arrangement of those cylinders is key in designating each engine. When you see an “I” before the cylinder count, that means they are arranged in a line or inline. When you see a “V” before the cylinder count, it means the cylinders are arranged in a V formation. More cylinders allow for more combustion and sequentially, more power output.

Combustion requires fuel. The more combustion there is, the more quickly a fuel supply will be depleted. That is why engines with more cylinders typically have lower fuel economy than something like an i4 engine. However, this is not the case 100% of the time. Particularly V6 engines have reached a technological level where they rival the fuel economy of 4-cylinders.

As you might expect, a 2018 Kia Sorento with an i4 engine will almost certainly be less expensive than the same model with a V6 or higher. This is another advantage of engines with lower cylinder counts. If the additional performance and power of an engine with more cylinders is what you are looking for, you will find it here at Folsom Lake Kia. If you need something a bit easier on the wallet, you’ll find that here too.