Common Automotive Terms

Cars can be confusing, what with all their moving parts, upkeep, and that incredibly long owner’s manual. It’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed when talking about cars, especially if the other person is an expert. Here are a few common automotive terms to know, courtesy of us here at Brighton Honda.

  1. Horsepower – While many know that more horsepower means a faster car, that isn’t all there is to a car’s speed. Horsepower is the measure of an engine’s power The average sedan will achieve anywhere from 100 hp to 400 hp.
  2. Torque – The second major factor in a car’s speed, torque is often measured in lb-ft. Defined as the measurement for the force needed to rotate an axis around an object, larger vehicles generally have higher torque. Trucks and SUVs designed to tow or haul heavy loads will have much higher torque than the average sedan.
  3. Direct Fuel Injection – Simply put, Direct Fuel Injection is the system that regulates how much fuel flows into the engine. Overall, this system increases fuel economy and more power compared to indirect fuel injection.
  4. Traction Control – A standard technology on most vehicles, traction control detects when a car is about to skid. The system adjusts the power to avoid wheelspin in order to give the driver more time to react.