2017 Macan New Car Test Drive
Launched as a 2015 model, the Porsche Macan is now the brand's best-selling model. Macan is a compact crossover based on the Audi Q5 but it's longer, wider, and lower, so it's roomier. It looks like the Porsche Cayenne, but it's six inches shorter on a wheelbase that's 3.5 inches smaller. It technically seats five but realistically only four adults, as that center rear passenger better be small.
The 2017 Porsche Macan lineup includes a new entry-level model with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 252 horsepower and a strong 273 pound-feet of torque. It can accelerate from zero to sixty in 6.1 seconds and reach 142 miles per hour.
Also new is the 2017 Macan GTS, a high-performance version that takes the 3.0-liter V6 that's in other models and raises the horsepower to 360. It will do zero to sixty in 4.8 seconds and reach 159 miles per hour.
The other two models are the Macan S, using that V6 but making a bit less 340 horsepower, and able to hit sixty in 5.0 seconds and reach 156 mph; and the Macan Turbo, with 3.6 liters and a zero-to-sixty time of 4.4 seconds, top speed 164.
So there you have it: pick a Porsche. How fast do you want/need your SUV to go: 142, 156, 159 or 168 mph?
Porsche's 7-speed dual-clutch automatic manual transmission is used on every model, and they're all all-wheel drive with a rear-drive bias.
Fuel mileage for the new base model is an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon City, 25 Highway and 22 Combined, Not so hot for a 2.0-liter four. In the Macan S and Macan Turbo it goes down to 17 miles per gallon City, 23 Highway, and 19 Combined, about the same as the Audi SQ5. There are no crash test ratings.
The 2017 Macan ($47,500) comes with leather and Alcantara seat upholstery, eight-way power seats, bi-xenon headlamps, 11-speaker sound system, power liftgate, Porsche Communication Management system, and a rearview camera. Things like adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitors are optional. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
There's a lot of expensive available equipment and features for each model. To give you an idea, think 16-speaker, 1000-watt Burmester sound system.
The base Macan has twin stainless exhaust tips, the Macan S ($54,400) has four round pipes, and the Turbo four squared ones.
The new Macan GTS ($67,200) gets gloss black window trim, a matte finish on the lower body, and satin black 20-inch wheels.
One of the standard features of the Macan Turbo ($76,000) is the ability to mate with Porsche Car Connect, a mobile app that enables remote unlocking, vehicle location tracking, and other data. So if your Porsche gets stolen and hidden in a freighter bound for Africa, Scotland Yard can track it for you.