Buyer's Guide

2021 Porsche Macan
Select a Different Model (4 Available): Base
Fuel Economy $ 19 / 23 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 18/53 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 248@5,000
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2021 Porsche Macan MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Brilliant handling
  • Buttery-smooth ride
  • Even the base model is great

Cons

  • Uninspiring fuel economy
  • Rear seats are a bit cramped
  • Rivals offer nicer interiors

SUVs make up more than half of Porsche's sales in the U.S., and the Macan is the brand's best-seller. It's a smaller alternative to Porsche's original SUV and now second best-selling vehicle, the Cayenne. Although it's not a slinky sport coupe, the Macan places a big emphasis on performance, competing against the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, BMW X3, and Jaguar F-Pace, among others. For the 2021 model year, Apple CarPlay is standard equipment on the Macan.

What We Think

What the 2021 Porsche Macan lacks in interior plushness it makes up for with stellar performance. No doubt, this is the Macan's primary focus. Even if you opt for the base model with the four-cylinder engine, the Macan corners, steers, and stops as brilliantly as you'd expect from a Porsche. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is slick, delivering power effortlessly.

The Macan S, packing a 348-hp V-6, exhibits a refined ride, razor-sharp reflexes, and sublime performance in the figure-eight handling test, as we noted in one review. To kick things up a notch further, opt for the 375-hp GTS, which we consider the driver's choice among premium compact SUVs on the market. You can also drive off with the 434-hp Macan Turbo, but we found it lacks much of the exhilaration we'd expect from a vehicle with this amount of power at a top-notch price point.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2021 Porsche Macan comes in four states of tune:

2021 Porsche Macan

Drivetrain: AWD

Engine: 2.0-liter turbo-four

Horsepower/Torque: 248 hp/273 lb-ft

Efficiency (city/highway): 19/23 mpg

Acceleration (0-60 mph): 6.3 seconds

2021 Porsche Macan S

Drivetrain: AWD

Engine: 3.0-liter turbo V-6

Horsepower/Torque: 348 hp/354 lb-ft

Efficiency (city/highway): 18/24 mpg

Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.6 seconds

2021 Porsche Macan GTS

Drivetrain: AWD

Engine: 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6

Horsepower/Torque: 375 hp/383 lb-ft

Efficiency (city/highway): 17/22 mpg

Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.5 seconds (mfr)

2021 Porsche Macan Turbo

Drivetrain: AWD

Engine: 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6

Horsepower/Torque: 434 hp/405 lb-ft

Efficiency (city/highway): 17/21 mpg

Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.1 seconds (mfr)

Safety

Standard safety equipment includes lane departure warning and front and rear parking sensors. On the options roster, you'll find plenty more features including lane keep assist, lane change assist, a 360-degree camera system, and adaptive cruise control.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Macan offers 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space, or 52.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Compare that to the sporty Jaguar F-Pace, which has 31.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 69.1 behind the first row. In past reviews, we've complained about the Macan's lack of space for rear-seat passengers. The cabin seats a total of five people.

Technology

The Macan's interior includes a 10.9-inch touchscreen with navigation and Apple CarPlay. A 10-speaker audio system is standard, but buyers can upgrade to a surround sound system.

Macan EV? Is That a Thing?

Porsche announced that the next-generation Macan will feature an all-electric version. It will sit on the PPE platform co-developed by Porsche and Audi for electric cars; the standard Macan will continue on a separate platform. If it takes a page from the Porsche Taycan, the Macan EV should have 800-volt fast charging capability and stellar performance. A Porsche official has been quoted as saying the vehicle will enter production by the end of 2022.

Key Competitors:

  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio
  • Audi Q5
  • BMW X3
  • Jaguar F-Pace
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

2021 PORSCHE MACAN SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) 7 Speed Automatic (PDK)
Trim
Base
Class
Premium Mid-Size Utility
Horsepower
248@5,000
Standard MPG
19/23
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
50,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$2500 Porsche announces an end of lease Payment Waiver program for current Porsche lessees when they lease or finance a new eligible model through a PFS contract. 03-31-2021