The Macan compact crossover is Porsche's second SUV offering after the larger Cayenne. It is targeted at competitors like the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC but the Macan leans more toward sport than utility in the SUV equation. With handling, acceleration, and braking performance that put some sports sedans to shame. Beyond the thrill of the driving experience, it packs a quiet, meticulously finished cabin and excellent seats.
We tested the original 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 in our Macan S which delivered effortless power. It since has been replaced by a 2.9-liter V6 turbo. The dual clutch transmission fires off quick, decisive shifts punctuated by a race-ready exhaust bark.