When Porsche launched their 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 Porsche purists to bear.
Alerts
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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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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 their 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 Porsche purists to bear.

Fast forward a decade: The midsized Cayenne SUV is now Porsche's top-selling model and more than a few of those loyalists have found room for one alongside the 911 in their garage. More importantly, it opened the Porsche brand to a new breed of customer who never previously would 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-liter V6 turbo (360 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 turbo (400 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Porsche Macan owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Car always hooks up with phone bluetooth but is sporadic hooking up to aux side for playing music"

Tom F., MN (2016 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The suite of in-dash electronics would “freeze” occasionally and unpredictably, and none of the capabilities would function (navigation/GPS, AM radio, FM radio, satellite radio, phone-Bluetooth connection, voice commands, touchscreen, and knobs and buttons). The most serious was navigation while in an unfamiliar metropolitan area. Once the car had been turned off for 30 minutes (guessing), everything returned to normal upon starting it the next time. Porsche is replacing the whole suite at no cost to me at 43000 miles."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Difficulty with pairing"

Andrew H., CO (2016 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

"I have yet to find away to transfer the phonebook for my new Samsung 9 cellphone into the car's phone system. Should be easy but isn't! Big frustration!"

Donald E., WA (2016 Porsche Macan S 3.6-L V6 turbo)
Radio

"faulty software, radio wouldn't shut off"

Jim S., AB (2016 Porsche Macan Turbo 3.6-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

"When parked in heavy rain, water leaks into the interior, making it very wet inside. Water (about 3 gallons) accumulated in the right rocker panel of the unibody. Had to remove access plugs to drain it."

Jeff K., CA (2016 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Chicklet Box type rattle in the A pillar where the auto-mirror attaches to the door. to have a cheap rattle 9 inches from one's head in a $78,000 SUV is in my mind unacceptable! Porsche dealer has not taken complaint seriously and after 3 service calls including keeping vehicle 2 days annoying rattle is still there. Even Porsche USA is unresponsive to emails or calls. Nice car but TERRIBLE service in my opinion. I figure 50% of the value of a new higher end car is the service that goes with it and my experience so far with Porsche USA and Larson Porsche Audi here in Tacoma is that they sell expensive cars but don't know or car about customer service once the vehicle is sold. Very different from Lexus, Infinity, or even Hyundai Genesis vehicles I have owned."

Donald E., WA (2016 Porsche Macan S 3.6-L V6 turbo)

"power steering noise"

Susan M., FL (2016 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

"After two years of complaining and many hours in the dealership they finally found the source of an annoying rattle. It was in the ignition key receptical. It took a letter to the Washington AG's office and states lemon law to get them to take the issue seriously and replace faulty part."

Donald E., WA (2016 Porsche Macan S 3.6-L V6 turbo)

"The door seal and the area near the trunk. needed to be reseal"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

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

4WD/AWD components

"the transfer box had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Transfer case

"I've had 2 transfer cases replaced one at 3000 miles and one at 11000 miles.We also have a friend that has a 2015 and they had a transfer case replaced also.They state that it may be caused by the high humidity in south Florida."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

"Transfer case needed to be replaced. It seems to be a relatively common problem that shows up at around 11,000 miles. It hesitates as you gradually accelerate and gets worse after it warms up. After the transfer case was replaced it drives normally again"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"You are wearing me out with this survey--too darn long and detailed."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Oil leaks

"oil leak at timing cover gasket under warranty repair. would have cost a lot if not under warranty"

Anonymous, DC (2016 Porsche Macan Turbo 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"It was actually the transfer case that required replacement. Caused hesitation in acceleration."

David-Diane S., WI (2016 Porsche Macan)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Troubles being jerky from stop when accelerating. Fix was replace transmission"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

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.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"DOOR SENSOR THOUGHT IT WAS OPEN, THE WARNING WAS ON CONTINUEOUSLY."

Thomas S., TX (2016 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

Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering went out at 27k miles. Water pump replaces at 30k. Whining and whiriring sounds while driving. Cause TBD."

Douglas A., MA (2016 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Climate System

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

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

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.

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.

Exhaust

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

Paint/Trim

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

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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