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Old Yesterday, 01:57 AM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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I posted this in the Honda/Acura forum but no one responded so I'll ask here. I currently have a 2017 Acura RDX with 3.5L V6. Beautiful, peppy ride. I had a 2019 loaner last week; the engine is now a 2.0L turbo-4. It was semi-peppy but had a little bit of hesitation sometimes. But mostly, the sound of the 4 bothers me. It sounds like "the little engine that could". Switching to Sport Mode makes the exhaust sound a little louder, but it still has that putt-putt sound to me. Am I the only one who notices this difference in sound or is bothered by it (in general, not just the RDX)? Not sure what I'm gonna do when my lease comes due in September...

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Old Yesterday, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I grew up with 4 cylinders. i6's, v6's and v8's sound weird to me. I'm inclined to believe it's just what you're accustomed to, what your expectations are.

It won't be terribly long before we don't have to worry about engine noise at all anymore - EVs are virtually silent and vibration-free.
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Old Yesterday, 08:09 AM
 
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It all depends what you get used to. I had a Prius and could feel the car cutting off at lights and stop signs. It bothered me a lot for about a year. Then I got used to it and it wasn’t a problem then. Since, they have made a much smoother transfer and they have perfected it.
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Old Yesterday, 08:35 AM
 
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Turbo engines sound different. The putt putt sound you’re hearing is the turbo chop. The hesitation is turbo lag which should be really minimal as most turbos today are variable
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Old Yesterday, 09:19 AM
 
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I have 2.5 turboed Toyota engine and is DOES sound struggling. As compared to wife's 3.5V6 engine.

But who cares. Bosses decided that V6 engines are to be axed and you can hardly find one left and none will be soon, as even trucks now come with 4 cyl turbo. No one cares about what crowd wants.
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Old Yesterday, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I dont like the sound of a four banger either, which is one of the reasons I sold my Sonata. It was quiet on the highway, but anytime Id accelerate from a stop or pass someone Id hear that raspy buzzy sound. I got tired of it very quickly.
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Old Yesterday, 09:41 AM
 
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Turbo engines sound different. The putt putt sound youre hearing is the turbo chop. The hesitation is turbo lag which should be really minimal as most turbos today are variable
Thanks.

Another reason that I will never own a turbo vehicle. Never mind the potential maintenance issues of a turbo gone bad. Or the extra stress on the engine as it ages.
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Old Yesterday, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Podunk, IA
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There are still CUVs available with a V6, just buy one of those.
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Old Yesterday, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I have 2.5 turboed Toyota engine and is DOES sound struggling. As compared to wife's 3.5V6 engine.

But who cares. Bosses decided that V6 engines are to be axed and you can hardly find one left and none will be soon, as even trucks now come with 4 cyl turbo. No one cares about what crowd wants.
Thankfully Toyota still sells the Camry with the silky smooth V6.
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Old Yesterday, 10:03 AM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Recent Mercedes 4-bangers are the worst, they just sound like put-put cars regardless of their power output or engineering.

I like my distinctive Subaru Boxer Turbo-4 burble though!
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