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.
With the Macan compact crossover, Porsche broadened its SUV catalog. As does the Cayenne, the Macan leans more toward sport than utility in the SUV equation. With handling, acceleration, and braking performance that put most sports sedans to shame, the Macan was easily the most thrilling SUV we'd tested up to that point.