Much to the dismay of stubborn automotive purists, but to the delight of open-minded enthusiasts, the Porsche Panamera is, by all accounts, a sales success. As the brand's first 4-door sedan, the Panamera represents a bold new take on grand touring with its unmistakable shape and unadulterated performance potential. This super sedan's pleasing combination of impeccable craftsmanship, distinctive styling and well-bred refinement qualify it as this year's high-end luxury car winner of our 2013 Best Resale Value Award.
The Porsche Panamera accelerates and handles like...a Porsche. Its performance limitations rival those of full-blown sports cars, and with the simple push of a button the adjustable chassis and suspension control quickly transform the ride from sporty to supple. Even the base model delivers stirring performance with its 300-horsepower V6, while the more powerful turbo versions churn out an almost ridiculous amount of thrust.
Even with four doors, there is no confusing the Panamera for anything but a Porsche. The smoothly rounded sheet metal forms a unique silhouette, and despite the Panamera's aggressive stance and sloping roofline, occupants are treated to a remarkably spacious interior. In addition, the flashy yet functional fastback design offers near SUV-caliber utility.
The starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2013 Porsche Panamera is right around $79,000, which is comparable to most full-size luxury sedans. High demand along with Porsche's envious reputation for engineering excellence have elevated resale values for the Panamera to class-leading levels.