FCA Pentastar


Introduced as a 3.6-liter V-6 in 2010, the Pentastar engine family has accounted for six placings among the prestigious annual list of Wards 10 Best Engines and currently comprises six fuel-saving variations that feature technologies from Variable Valve Lift (VVL) to hybridization.

Acclaimed for it silky, torque-rich performance, today’s 3.6-liter Pentastar is the common denominator among 11 current best-in-class fuel-economy ratings for U.S.-market, gasoline-powered vehicles equipped with V-6 engines. (See below.) These are in addition to its ownership of the all-time minivan-efficiency mark, achieved in Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

Pentastars currently account for half the combined total of engines that power Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and Ram Commercial vehicles. And with this year’s launch of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup, they will be available in 16 models across 10 vehicle segments.†

“The Pentastar family has all the hallmarks of an enduring icon,” said Bob Lee, Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion, and Systems Engineering, FCA – North America. “We upped the ante among high-volume, mainstream-market, V-6 engines. And our customers won big.”

Pentastar design distinguishes itself with innovative features ranging from a completely integrated exhaust manifold, to environmentally friendlier oil-filter cartridges made from paper. And with little or no modification, Pentastar engines can accommodate longitudinal or transverse mounting; front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive architectures; as well as automatic and manual transmissions.

Said Lee: “Pentastar engines do exactly what they were engineered to do. They deliver satisfying experiences in a wide range of driving conditions.”


Among model-year 2019 U.S.-market gasoline-powered vehicles with V-6 engines, the 3.6-liter Pentastar contributes to best-in-class, miles-per-gallon (mpg) ratings in these vehicle segments†:

Middle Specialty Car

  • Dodge Challenger – combined city/highway cycle (23 mpg)
  • Dodge Challenger – highway cycle (30 mpg)

Large Regular Car

  • Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 – combined city/highway cyle (23 mpg)
  • Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 – highway cycle (30 mpg)
  • Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 – city cycle (19 mpg)

Small Sport Utility

  • Jeep Wrangler – combined city/highway cycle (20 mpg)
  • Jeep Wrangler – highway cycle (25 mpg)
  • Jeep Wrangler – city cycle (18 mpg)

Middle Sport Utility

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango – combined cycle (21 mpg)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango – highway cycle (26 mpg)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango – city cycle (19 mpg)

Among current U.S.-market gasoline-powered vehicles with V-6 engines, the 3.6-liter Pentastar contributes to unsurpassed fuel-economy ratings in these vehicle segments†:

Middle Specialty

  • Dodge Challenger – city cycle (19 mpg)

Small Van

  • Chrysler Pacifica – combined mpg (22)
  • Chrysler Pacifica – highway mpg (28)
  • Chrysler Pacifica – city mpg (19)

Large Pickup

  • Ram 1500 (with eTorque mild-hybrid technology) – combined city/highway cycle (22 mpg)
  • Ram 1500 (with eTorque mild-hybrid technology) –city cycle (20 mpg)

† 2019 WardsAuto Segmentation

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