Only 3 Affordable Cars Offer a V6 Engine Anymore

What sedans still have a V6 engine? In the economy segment, that number is getting lower.  Automakers are discontinuing cars that aren’t selling as well as the super-efficient small sedans and roomy crossovers that Americans want. But, there are still plenty of buyers who want a powerful four-door sedan. What economy cars still have V6 engines in 2022? Let’s take a look.

Affordable sedans with a V6 engine

Silver Kia Stinger, one of the last affordable cars with a V6 engine
Kia Stinger V6 sedan | Kia

Some of the best V6 cars under 10k come from the economy segment. Searching the used market means you can find ultra-affordable sedans with plenty of power. However, you have options even if you want to buy a new car. All of the sedans on this list start under $45,000 even when equipped with a powerful six-cylinder engine. 

These are the best affordable V6 cars, according to U.S. News.

Toyota Camry

What is the most reliable V6 car? It’s gotta be a Toyota. The midsize Camry sedan offers an available 301-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine on the Camry XLE and XSE. The current 2022 model starts at $35,720 for the XLE V6. It’s more expensive than the typical best-selling Camry, but that’s to be expected for something with a V6 engine. The XLE and XSE also bring plenty of luxury and premium features for the price.

The 2022 Camry TRD performance variant is actually the most affordable Toyota car with a V6 engine, starting at just $32,910. 

Toyota Avalon

White Toyota Avalon Touring, a V6 sedan, drifting around a curve
Toyota Avalon Touring V6 sedan | Toyota

The 2022 Avalon (non-hybrid edition) is equipped with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine found in the Camry and tuned to the same 301 horsepower. The Avalon is the most luxurious V6 Toyota, and it reflects that with a starting price of $36,825. 

Sadly, the Avalon is on its way out. Toyota will no longer be producing this full-size sedan after 2022. That leaves only two options left for 2023 and beyond. And, as automakers move more toward electrification, I wouldn’t be surprised to see other V6 sedans disappear, as well.

Kia Stinger

The Stringer sedan is one of the most powerful cars with V6 engines under $45,000. It’s also one of the most expensive on this list, starting at $43,890. However, it has the spec sheet to justify that price tag. 

The model’s most powerful engine is available on both the 2022 Kia Stinger GT1 and GT2. These two sports cars are equipped with a standard twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine good for 368 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque.

Luxury midsize sedans with a V6 engine

Silver Audi S7 V6 sedan parked on a cobblestone driveway
Audi S7 Design Edition | Audi

What is the smallest car with a V6 engine? For that, you’ll want to look at the luxury market. Luxury automakers specialize in creating powerful V6 sedans. But with premium interiors can come with a higher price tag. 

However, if you’ve got the budget to shop for something a little nicer, you have a lot more options. These are a few of the best luxury V6 sedans, according to U.S. News:

  • Audi S4
  • Audi S5
  • Audi A6/S6
  • Audi A7
  • Audi A8
  • Genesis G70 (starts under $45,000)
  • Genesis G80
  • Genesis G90
  • Lexus ES (starts under $45,000)
  • Porsche Panamera

There are more powerful small cars out there to consider. BMW specializes in inline-six sedans, while many cars with turbocharged four-cylinder engines are getting more competitive with every year. 

And, of course, you can’t count out the best electric cars in 2022. Some of these are even more powerful than the V6 sedans on this list. Happy shopping!

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