Although a luxury badge doesn’t always mean a vehicle is the best choice, certain automakers repeatedly excel in reviews. This is certainly the case for Porsche. Reviewers at Consumer Reports recommend both the 2021 Porsche Macan and Cayenne, calling the automaker “the highest-ranking European brand” based on data from these two SUVs.
So, what exactly makes these vehicles so great?
A double win for Porsche
Consumer Reports doesn’t hesitate to recommend these two Porsche SUVs — the Cayenne and the Macan — to anyone looking for a high-quality crossover. Reviewers praise the fact that even in these larger vehicles, Porsche brand benefits are still apparent. In particular, Consumer Reports observes “sharp handling, a controlled ride, superb braking performance, a thrilling exhaust note, and beautifully crafted interiors.”
The 2021 Porsche Macan received an overall score of 76 out of 100 from Consumer Reports. It performed particularly well in its road test, receiving a score of 84 out of 100.
The 2021 Porsche Cayenne did just slightly better than the Macan, receiving an overall score of 81 out of 100 from Consumer Reports. Like the Macan, the Cayenne performed admirably in its road test, earning a score of 87 out of 100.
Pros and cons of the Porsche Macan
The 2021 Porsche Macan has a base MSRP range of $52,100 to $84,600. It features a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that makes 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. It is EPA estimated at 19 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined.
The Macan is Porsche’s second SUV, a compact crossover designed to compete with rivals such as the BMW X3. Consumer Reports praises the Macan’s immense sportiness, calling it “easily the most thrilling SUV we’ve tested” thanks to its impeccable handling and acceleration.
CR’s reviewers acknowledge the Macan is geared more toward performance than utility, but this SUV has some functionality. It boasts standard all-wheel drive and all-season tires. It also has split-folding rear seats and a quiet, comfortable cabin.
However, the Macan has some downsides too. Test drivers noted the vehicle offers little space in the rear seat and cargo area, not ideal for an SUV. Additionally, a small rear window impedes visibility. The Macan is also expensive for the class, particularly if you decide to splurge on optional features.
Pros and cons of the Cayenne
The 2021 Porsche Cayenne ranges in price from $67,500 to $166,200. It features a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that makes 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Getting 19 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg combined, the Cayenne has slightly worse fuel economy than the Macan.
Consumer Reports says the Cayenne “will put big grins on the faces of people who appreciate fine handling” and praises the responsive steering and taut suspension. The cabin is also quiet, offering contoured seating, good visibility, and plenty of room even in the rear seats. Plus, the Cayenne can reach 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, excellent for its class.
However, CR’s test drivers also found that although the Cayenne performs well at high speeds, it struggles slightly when things slow down. During the test drive, the drivetrain demonstrated some hesitation when the driver attempted to pull into traffic or accelerate after a stop.
Despite their few shortcomings, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne and Macan combine luxury with practicality. If you have the budget, it’s hard to go wrong with either of these impressive vehicles.