You might have tried to join in on a conversation about cars, only to realize that you don’t have any clue what you’re talking about. Whether you just want to sound knowledgeable about cars, or you would like to be able to choose the perfect one to buy – it pays to learn about the specs that car manufacturers and dealers use.
This is basically the rotational force that can be applied by an engine. The higher the torque, the greater the response should be. Along with horsepower, this is one of the most commonly used specs when talking about engine power.
This is a measurement of how much power a car’s engine can exert. A single horsepower is how much would be required to life a 550 pound weight in one second, and a foot into the air. Higher horsepower will not guarantee that a car will go faster, because there are plenty of other factors at play.
This refers to how long, measured in seconds, a car takes to go from a completely stationary position, to 60 miles-per-hour. This spec will tell you how quickly a car can accelerate, while reaching realistic driving speeds.
This seems like an obvious one, but it really isn’t. While this spec tells you the amount of miles that a car could do in test conditions, your own experiences will vary. You might find that you can travel much less distance for each gallon of fuel that your car consumes, and this will likely fluctuate.