Porsche Cars Consumer Reports Gave the ‘Never Buy’ Label

Consumer Reports has a list of the worst used cars available for sale with responses from the owners of luxury Porsche vehicles. These vehicles have worse-than-average reliability based on the scores provided during the CR Annual Auto Survey. What Porsche vehicles do Consumer Reports avoiding?

Porsche Consumer Reports cars to avoid: 2014, 2016 Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cars Consumer Reports Gave the ‘Never Buy’ Label
The Porsche Cars Consumer Reports Gave the ‘Never Buy’ Label | Isa Foltin/Getty Images for Porsche AG & Porsche Design

The 2014 Porsche Cayenne received a score of one out of five for reliability. On the flip side, the owner satisfaction score was four out of five. Why doesn’t Consumer Reports recommend the Cayenne? There were many issues with the transmission minor and drive system. One owner had the differential fail at just over 100,000 miles, which was a high out-of-pocket cost.

On the bright side, one owner offered an anecdotal reason to look for a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle. Since the 2014 Porsche Cayenne was purchased Certified Pre-Owned, it offered extra coverage for a transfer case issue. A few owners described the same issue.

What were some of the highlights of the 2014 Cayenne? The SUV was sporty, agile, and had a “meticulous interior fit and finish,” CR noted. And while it might be obvious, this Porsche as much fun as it is family-ready with a real back seat.

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne had similar complaints about unreliability and transmission issues. One issue related to the brake pedal dislodging was noted in a recall. This poses a huge risk for drivers.

Worst used cars? 2015-2016 Porsche Macan

The 2015 Porsche Macan received a score of one out of five for reliability. The owner satisfaction score was four out of five, just like the Cayenne. 2015 and 2016 were not great years for reliability, though the reliability score did go up a bit in 2017. Some of the owner-reported issues were related to the engine minor, engine cooling, and transmission major.

Consumer Reports ranked the 2015 Porsche Macan seventh out of nine similar luxury SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has seven recalls for the Macan. The recalls are for the fuel system, airbags, and hydraulic service brakes. There was a fuel leak in the fuel system, which increased the risk of a fire.

There are better luxury SUV options out there


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These years of the Porsche Macan and Cayenne might be vehicles that are worth skipping over. The Porsche Cayenne made its way to being one of the brand’s best-selling vehicles, which doesn’t happen without good reason. These happen to be an off-year for the luxury brand. In the end, Consumer Reports still had a lot of positive things to say about the Macan, too.

In fact, the Macan was called “the most thrilling SUVs we’ve tested; it feels like a good sports sedan” by Consumer Reports. For those who liked this year but wanted an upgrade, the Macan S offers a turbocharged V6. It also offered a high towing capacity and payload for such a small SUV.

When it came down to it, Porsche still won Consumer Reports heart eventually. Just don’t buy a 2014, 2016 Porsche Cayenne, or 2015-2016 Porsche Macan without good reason.