SPONSORED: Toyota of N Charlotte explains engine placement
Updated: July 24, 2020 - 6:37 PM
Did you know that it’s pretty typical to have your car’s engine located in the front of the vehicle under the hood, but not always the case? In fact, the engine can also be located in the back of the vehicle (where your trunk usually is) and in some cases, even in the middle of the car. And the engine placement that your car has can drastically affect your car’s performance and the layout of the interior. Toyota of N Charlotte is here to discuss Toyota engine placement, the different types, and what it means for your drive time.
The three main types of Toyota engine placement
First, let’s talk about the most typical type of Toyota engine placement - front. You’ll find this configuration on N Charlotte Toyotas like the Corolla, Camry, Highlander, and more. In this instance, the engine is in the typical location - in the front of the car, under the hood. Here are a few facts:
This is the most common engine configuration and usually goes hand in hand with front-wheel drive.
This type of configuration gives drivers the best traction when you’re out on the road and is also the easiest to control.
You can also get a front-engine car that has rear-wheel drive capabilities, but this does affect your drive time. The imbalance of the power in the back and the weight in the front can leave you more prone to spinning out if you’re not careful.
Next, let’s discuss mid-engine placement. These types of vehicles are exceptionally rare in this day and age and you won’t find them on any of our N Charlotte Toyotas, not even sports cars like the Toyota Supra. In this particular configuration, the Toyota engine is behind the front wheels but in front of the rear wheels on the car. Here are a few things to know:
This type of engine placement allows for tight cornering and good traction because the weight is balanced well.
However, if you do find yourself in a spin-out situation in a mid-engine car, you may have a problem. Since the weight is concentrated right in the middle, the spin-out could be more severe.
Additionally, because of placement, these types of vehicles only have room for two seats (the driver and front passenger).
Finally, rear-engine placement. In this type of Toyota, you’ll find the Toyota engine where the trunk usually is. It’s not typical in any cars we sell at Toyota of N Charlotte. Here are some quick facts:
Rear-engine cars typically use rear-wheel drive. This means rapid acceleration and high traction.
However, this also means that they’re prone to oversteering and can be more difficult to drive.
Call us with all of your Toyota engine questions today
Have questions? As always, we’ve got answers. Call us today! Toyota of N Charlotte is open seven days a week at (704) 875-9199 and you can always shop our inventory in person at 13429 Statesville Road, just off I-77 at exit 23.