Read the complete Porsche Macan Review at AutoGuide.comThe Compact Crossover, Redefined
by Luke Vandezande
Normally when the term “compact crossover” comes across the table you think of products like the Honda CR-V, the Ford Escape or the Toyota RAV4.
Of course you could always go with something a little bit nicer like an Audi Q5 or Mercedes-Benz GLK. In fact it’s hard to think of a company that doesn’t offer something in this segment and starting this year, Porsche is joining those ranks.
But as you can probably guess, its idea of what a small soft-road capable crossover should be is a little bit different than, well, anyone else.
Say Hello to the Macan
In the U.S., Porsche is offering two versions of the Macan: the S and Turbo. Both use twin-turbo V6 engines powering a rear-biased all-wheel drive system mated exclusively to Porsche’s seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission.
The Macan S has a 3.0-liter V6 that makes 340 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque and hits 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. Officially, it’s rated at 17 MPG city, 23 on the highway or an average of 19.
Engine: Turbocharged 3.0L V6 makes 340 hp and 339 lb-ft. Turbocharged 3.6L V6 makes 400 hp, 406 lb-ft.
Transmission: Seven-speed PDK.
Fuel economy: 17/23/19 MPG city/highway/combined.
Price: Macan S starts at $50,895 or $78,335 as tested. Macan Turbo starts at $73,295 or $102,435 as tested.