Although they’re rare, a handful of vehicles in recent history have made use of 5-cylinder engines. In the days before turbocharging, the inline five was advantageous over a 6-cylinder engine because it fit more easily in the engine bay of a vehicle with front-wheel drive and made a little more power than the average naturally aspirated 4-cylinder motors of the day. Given the proliferation of turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, few automakers use the 5-cylinder engine today, but it was a little more common just a few years back. Here are six vehicles currently for sale on Autotrader that use 5-cylinder engines.
When Chevrolet introduced a fully redesigned version of its midsize pickup in the U.S. for the 2004 model year, it opted to rebrand the vehicle as well, swapping out the long-running S-10 name in favor of the more emotive Colorado moniker. The Colorado was pretty much your run-of-the-mill midsize pickup, as it was available in both 2- and 4-wheel drive and in regular, extended and crew-cab body styles. One way it stood out, though, was by offering an optional 5-cylinder engine. It was a pretty big 5-cylinder, too — it started life as a 3.5-liter and was increased to a 3.7-liter as part of an update for 2007. This Colorado in Battle Creek, Michigan, comes with 60,000 miles on the clock, has the 3.7-liter 5-cylinder and can be yours for $15,995. Find a Chevrolet Colorado for sale
Volkswagen offered a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine in a number of vehicles during the 2000s and early 2010s — including the Jetta, the Passat, the Beetle, and the Golf — and the company was eager to point out that the engine shares its cylinder head design with the V10 power plant used in the Lamborghini Gallardo and the Audi R8. With 170 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, the VW 5-cylinder was more powerful than it needed to be given its applications, and it was overly thirsty. In the mid-2010s, VW phased it out in favor of a more balanced 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that made a little less power but returned notably better fuel economy. This simple Jetta packs the 5-cylinder and is for sale for $8,000 in North Charleston, South Carolina, with 105,000 miles on the odometer. Find a Volkswagen Jetta for sale
Volvo made use of a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine throughout the 1990s, and variations of the engine were offered throughout much of the company’s midsize lineup during the era. This included the 850 sedan and wagon and the S70 and V70 sedan and wagon that followed them. Here, we’ve got a 1998 Volvo V70 wagon, which offers loads of space for all your stuff. It’s in Woodbridge, Virginia, and has 187,000 miles on the odometer but still offers great practicality, especially when you consider the asking price of only $2,900. Find a Volvo V70 for sale
While the base and S trims of the second-generation Audi TT packed a 4-cylinder engine under the hood, the top-spec TT RS made use of a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder — the same 5-cylinder used by Volkswagen, in fact, although in those applications it wasn’t turbocharged. The TT RS put out 355 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0-to-60 mph time of just 4.2 seconds, putting it into contention with many supercars from the era. The second-gen TT RS is pretty uncommon, and there are only a handful listed for sale on Autotrader. The lowest-price TT RS listed is this 2012 model, which has been tuned by reputable VW and Audi performance shop APR. According to the description, its output is a healthy 431 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque. It’s also got a number of other modifications. It’s located in Spring Hill, Florida, with an asking price of $30,900 and 57,000 miles on the clock. Find an Audi TT RS for sale
The Hummer H3 was ahead of its time. Sold from the 2006 to 2011 model years, the H3 was based on the Chevrolet Colorado pickup and offered a body-on-frame construction with a solid rear axle and styling plucked from the larger H2, which took its design cues from the original H1. Aimed at such vehicles as the Toyota 4Runner and the Jeep Wrangler, the H3 boasted great off-road capability. Unlike in the Colorado, where the 5-cylinder engine was optional, in the H3 it came standard and put out 220 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque for the 2006 model year and 242 hp and 242 lb-ft from 2007 to 2010. The H3 shown here is a rare H3T model, which came with a pickup bed, making for an overall package not unlike that of the Jeep Gladiator on sale today. H3Ts are super rare and therefore hold their value remarkably well. Despite having 76,000 miles on the odometer, this one is priced at just under $24,000 and is in Gainesville, Georgia. Find a Hummer H3T for sale
Perhaps the most surprising automaker to offer a 5-cylinder engine in the United States was Honda, which did so in the Acura Vigor, which later became the first-generation Acura TL, sold from the 1996 through the 1998 model years. The original TL was offered with an optional V6 engine as well, but the base model, known as the 2.5 TL, came with a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder putting out 176 hp. There aren’t a lot of 1990s TLs listed for sale on Autotrader, but we did manage to find this 1996 model in Denver, Colorado, with around 109,000 miles on the odometer. Find an Acura TL for sale
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