When Porsche launched its first SUV back in 2004, brand loyalists howled. The idea that a carmaker rooted in building finely crafted, uncompromising sports cars would dilute the brand DNA with something so suburban and mainstream was simply too much for many Porsche purists to bear.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

When Porsche launched its first SUV back in 2004, brand loyalists howled. The idea that a carmaker rooted in building finely crafted, uncompromising sports cars would dilute the brand DNA with something so suburban and mainstream was simply too much for many Porsche purists to bear.

Fast forward a decade: The midsized Cayenne SUV became Porsche's top-selling model and more than a few of those loyalists found room for one alongside the 911 in their garage. More importantly, it opened the Porsche brand to a new breed of customer; one who would never previously have considered Stuttgart steel.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 turbo (340 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 turbo (400 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Porsche Macan owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"Drive shafts replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"front axles replaced under warranty"

Richard B., NJ (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

"squeaking noise coming from rear axle area/drive shaft. Only when cold and would go away after driving for 10-15 minutes."

Fuhrmann C., NJ (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

"Right front wheel bearing was failing"

Marshall P., ID (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Transfer case

"Had a hesitation under load at speed when depressing the accelerator pedal. The Dealership examined the problem and determined there was indication of a potential binding in the transfer case. They immediately ordered a new transfer case which was fitted under warrant 48 hours later."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

"The sealer said that there was a known problem and they replaced the defective part with an improved part"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

"Vibration on deceleration with noise. Required tightening a bolt"

Anonymous, AL (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

"Dealer replaced entire exhaust system under warranty without asking me. It was wonderful."

D M., ON (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Pipes

"Entire exhaust system replaced under warranty."

D M., ON (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Temperature sensor freezes"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

"front proximity sensors send alerts even when no object or vehicle is near enough to correctly setoff the warnings."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"The screen froze"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Porsche Macan Turbo 3.6-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Transfer case needed replacement under warranty"

Edmond R., IL (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Slipping transmission

"Transfer case replaced under warranty"

Edmond R., IL (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Coolant leak"

Tim O., QC (2015 Porsche Macan Turbo 3.6-L V6 turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"More squeaks and rattles than a car of this value should have."

Tim O., QC (2015 Porsche Macan Turbo 3.6-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Torgue converter needed to be replaced and it was past warranty coverage so cost me about $4,000."

Jon B., MA (2015 Porsche Macan)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Only made a slight clicking noise, but they replaced the whole transmission. Never stopped working or affected the operation."

Anonymous, NE (2015 Porsche Macan)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Electronic or air suspension

"Left front air cylinder failed"

James C., MD (2015 Porsche Macan Turbo 3.6-L V6 turbo)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Electronic power steering unit malfunctioned, had to be replaced"

Allen B., TX (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"cost to replace rotors and sensors was outrageous ($2300)"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"engine warning light appeared - said safe to drive checked by service people who reset it to see if mistaken light - light reappeared and they replaced thermostat"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Door lock system broke and door would not latch"

Anonymous, WI (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Spark plug broke off, knocking piston head into cylinder wall. Porsche replaced entire engine immediately under warranty"

Anonymous, ME (2015 Porsche Macan Turbo 3.6-L V6 turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

"The evaporator developed a refrigerant leak"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

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