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MSRP: $52,600 - $73,900
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MPG: 17 City / 23 Hwy

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Porsche Macan Review

The 2016 Porsche Macan ranks 1 out of 17 Luxury Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Porsche Macan, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Reviewers say the 2016 Porsche Macan has powerful engines, sport sedan-like handling, a comfortable ride and high-end cabin, which help earn it a spot at the top of the class.

The 2016 Porsche Macan comes with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that reviewers say has plenty of power for rapid acceleration off the line. While test drivers report that the bigger available twin-turbo V6 engine packs even more power, they agree that base models have more than enough power. The Porsche Macan's seven-speed automatic transmission also earns praise for its smooth, timely shifts. The EPA estimates that the 2016 Macan earns 17/23 mpg city/highway. While that’s lower than most luxury compact SUVs' estimates, it's on par with the estimates of rivals with similar powertrains. Automotive journalists praise the Porsche Macan for its agile handling, which they say makes it more engaging to drive than most rivals. They're also impressed with its cushioned ride. Some test drivers add that the Macan's brakes are strong and its steering is precise.

Reviewers praise the 2016 Porsche Macan's luxurious cabin, which they note features sporty design cues and premium materials. Automotive journalists say the Porsche Macan's front seats are comfortable and supportive. They add that there's good back-seat space for a couple of average-height adults, but taller passengers may find the space cramped. The 2016 Macan comes with an 11-speaker stereo with a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, heated side mirrors and tri-zone automatic climate control. Options include navigation, a surround-view camera system, lane change and lane keep assist systems, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, a 14-speaker Bose sound system, a 16-speaker Burmester sound system, a PCM infotainment system, a panoramic sunroof and Porsche Car Connect, which allows you to use your smartphone to locate your vehicle, access vehicle information and contact Porsche in the event of a breakdown. Reviewers say the Macan's dashboard has lots of buttons, but they like its layout and say the controls are easy to learn. A few also add that the touch-screen display operates well. With 53 cubic feet of overall cargo space, the Macan has one of the smallest cargo capacities in the class.

  • "In the end, it comes down to a decision about what you want. And if what you want is the fastest, best-to-drive small luxury crossover on the market, the Edmunds 'A' rated Porsche Macan should be an easy choice." -- Edmunds
  • "I truly like the Macan. If I were looking for a car in this class, the Macan would be my first choice." -- Jalopnik (2015)
  • "The Macan is a niche product at a premium price, and it is definitely not for those customers choosing a crossover strictly on the basis of utility or practicality. Even for those seeking a status nameplate, the Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK, or even Range Rover Evoque are probably more suitable for those who simply want to impress their non-enthusiast, status-conscious friends. But for those who appreciate Porsche's performance heritage and mystique and want a compact crossover, the Macan sacrifices little in terms of driving enjoyment and the Porsche experience in exchange for a measure of utility." -- Motor Trend (2015)

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Other SUVs to Consider

According to reviewers, the Lexus NX has a luxurious, modern cabin with roomy seats in both rows for most adults. Reviewers also like the NX's agile handling. Additionally, the NX earns better fuel economy estimates and has a slightly larger cargo hold than the Macan.

The Audi SQ5, a performance-oriented version of Audi’s Q5 SUV, is powered by a supercharged V6 engine that auto writers say provides authoritative acceleration. The SQ5 also earns better fuel economy estimates than the Macan and comes standard with all-wheel drive. Additionally, test drivers agree that all Q5 models have a handsome cabin.

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Details: 2016 Porsche Macan

The 2016 Porsche Macan seats five, has standard all-wheel drive and comes in Macan S or Macon Turbo trims. A twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission are standard, while the Macan Turbo comes with a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 engine. The Porsche Macan was an all-new model in 2015 and sees few changes for 2016. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2015 and 2016 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 7/2/15

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