The Powertrain score takes into account a lot of what’s happening under the hood. Carsforsale.com writers look at the vehicle’s performance for horsepower, torque, towing (if applicable), and fuel economy. They also take notice of the options available in terms of engines, transmissions, drivetrains, and any other optional benefits that add to a vehicle’s performance.
While having one of the beefiest engines in a car is great, what makes it even better is when it can handle that power outside of a straight line or within a tight space. That’s why our writers also take into account the driving performance when generating the Powertrain score. How’s the handling? Is the steering precise? How’s the braking? Would this be a good vehicle for off-road? Is driving in a packed parking lot easy? We answer all those questions and relate them with our performance findings to come to the Powertrain score.