Car Talk in Understandable Language, Part II

At Pine Belt Chevrolet, we are the premier of car dealerships in NJ and Chevrolet dealers as well. With that comes the responsibility of helping our customers be informed consumers. Understanding the language of a vehicle when buying one cannot be overstated. In this, Part II of the language of an engine, we hope you will feel more comfortable when hearing or reading what seems like car jibberish.


In a vehicle, just about every term is about the power of something. Power is the rate at which work is accomplished. Horsepower is the term you hear a lot when talking about an engine. Imagine lifting 33,000 pounds 12-inches off the ground for one minute — that is the rate of one horsepower. If your vehicle has 184 horsepower but your neighbor has a Chevrolet Corvette with 650 horsepower, that is a huge difference in the power packed under the hood of a vehicle.


5.0 Liter, V8 With 650 Horsepower

When you are looking for a vehicle, is how fast it moves out of the gate important to you? Or, is what matters most that your car gets reasonable gas mileage and can merge onto a highway in eight seconds or less? A 2017 Chevrolet Corvette with a 5.0 liter engine, eight cylinders and 650 horsepower is going to rocket you onto the freeway in around three seconds. Gravity will pull you back into the seat like hurricane winds pushing you back in a straight line on a beach. Imagine being behind the wheel of a car with that much power? Adrenaline inclined? Then the #ChevroletCorvette may be for you.


Now imagine driving a Chevy Cruze with a 1.4 liter turbo engine (turbo increases the power of the engine by forcing more air into the cylinder chamber boosting the combustion, thus more power with less fuel). Imagine driving a 1.4 liter turbo engine Chevy Cruze with four cylinders and 153 horsepower that can peacefully go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 7.7 seconds. Maybe function over frenzy is more your style.


Find Your Style

Come into Pine Belt Chevrolet and test-drive both the Chevy Corvette and Cruze. See what style suits you. Check on our website, for our current inventory of both. We are here for you no matter the depth of your vehicle vocabulary.


Pine Belt Chevrolet

88 Ocean Ave

Lakewood, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.482.5920