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The Taming of the Turbo

AutoNXT Logo By Evan Griffey of AutoNXT | Slide 1 of 16: Ask most people what a turbocharger does for an automobile engine, and typical answers will include something along the lines of, “Turbos add power.” Although technically correct, the marriage of advanced direct-injection fueling systems and turbochargers can also be used to increase fuel efficiency. Instead of merely boosting power in larger-displacement motors such as V8s, automakers are now turbocharging smaller 4-cylinder engines to deliver power needed under acceleration. However, thanks to less displacement these motors have better mpg performance at cruising speeds. Not only are they replacing V6s as entry-level or even up-level powerplants, turbocharged 4-cylinder engines are being employed to power larger vehicles. The following 15 vehicles put turbochargers to work in the name of efficiency — without sacrificing power.

Efficiency Over Power

Ask most people what a turbocharger does for an automobile engine, and typical answers will include something along the lines of, “Turbos add power.” Although technically correct, the marriage of advanced direct-injection fueling systems and turbochargers can also be used to increase fuel efficiency. Instead of merely boosting power in larger-displacement motors such as V8s, automakers are now turbocharging smaller 4-cylinder engines to deliver power needed under acceleration.

However, thanks to less displacement these motors have better mpg performance at cruising speeds. Not only are they replacing V6s as entry-level or even up-level powerplants, turbocharged 4-cylinder engines are being employed to power larger vehicles. The following 15 vehicles put turbochargers to work in the name of efficiency — without sacrificing power.

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