Horsepower is a term that we often hear when shopping for cars. It's a selling point that makes trucks and SUVs particularly attractive, and can also be used to describe sports cars. But what is horsepower, and how much should it factor into your vehicle purchasing decision?

James Watt, an 18th-century inventor, came up with the term horsepower as a way to promote the selling of steam engines. He observed that ponies were able to perform 22,000 foot-pounds of work in one minute, so he increased this number to 33.000 and came up with the estimated horsepower of an engine. Now, the term is used to describe the amount of power an engine can exert.

Varying horsepower classifications determine a vehicle's ability to accelerate quickly and handle heavy cargo. If you're interested in a vehicle with high horsepower, ask our local Transwest Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram showroom for more details, so you can make an informed purchase.

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