2017 Porsche Macan Buyer's Guide

By Allyson Harwood on August 19, 2016 6:40 AM

More 911 than mini-Cayenne.

The Macan is the second SUV in the Porsche lineup, and even though it has the looks of a scaled-down Cayenne, it places a much higher priority on sports-car-like performance than its big brother. With the strong emphasis on being a sporty SUV, some of the pure utilitarian abilities suffer, but the Porsche Macan can carry five people and all of their gear and is capable of light off-roading.

Driving It

From our full review of the 2017 Porsche Macan: "Like any other Porsche, velocity is only part of the formula. Road-hugging grip, a brilliant 7-speed PDK automatic transmission and the sensory growl of the exhaust make the Macan a Porsche through and through. The always-on AWD system optimizes traction in both wet and dry conditions, while an off-road button optimizes the Macan for lighter off-highway adventures by varying torque distribution and throttle response."

A 911 in SUV Form

The Macan already impresses by providing the driving dynamics of a sports car, while still offering cargo flexibility second in the Porsche lineup only to the larger Cayenne SUV. The next step up is the V6-powered Macan S. To make a Macan feel even more like a 911, there's the 400-horsepower Macan Turbo, which reaches 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. If you want to dial it back a little, there's the new-for-2017 Macan GTS, which falls in between the S and Turbo.

Build and Price

Pricing for the Macan starts at under $49,000. The Macan Turbo tops out at just under $170,000, fully loaded. Build and price your own 2017 Porsche Macan to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Consumers' Opinions

David feels that despite the SUV layout, the Macan still has the Porsche spirit, adding, "Makes no pretense of being true off-road capable, but thereby achieves great performance as a real world fun and practical transporter. Great brakes, great trans, great engine and great handling; then details such as interior layout, engine note, steering wheel that can not be mistaken for anything but Porsche. Only sour note is dud stock stereo and way overpriced escapes (Bose and Burmester)." Read more Porsche Macan consumer reviews.

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Photo Gallery: Porsche Macan Inside and Out