Two of Porsche’s most popular SUVs are listed as some of the best luxury vehicles you can buy in 2021. The Porsche Macan and the Porsche Cayenne have received praise in recent years, and the new model is getting rave reviews as well.
Consumer Reports released their list of the 10 Best Luxury SUVs you can buy right now. Both Porsche models are on there with eight other luxury SUVs as well. How does CR come up with their list, and what did they think of the two Porsche SUVs?
How CR made their decision and who else landed on the list
For this list, Consumer Reports took the overall scores that they gave to the vehicles and included its reliability ratings and owner satisfaction scores to come up with some of the best SUVs in the category. Then, they gathered information from their annual auto surveys sent out to vehicle owners.
They also looked at which SUVs offered certain safety features. Among the ones they sought, were automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, and forward-collision warning. Finally, they consider a vehicle’s crash test ratings from both IIHS and NHTSA, if they’re available. You’ll also find that some will contain the green choice category as well.
Consumer Reports lists 10 vehicles. They have two BMWs, which are the X5 and the X7. Lexus has four vehicles listed. You’ll find the RX, UX, GX as well as the NX SUVs. Lastly, there’s the Buick Enclave, the Porsche Cayenne, and the Porsche Macan.
What Consumer Reports thought of the Porsche Cayenne
When it comes to luxury SUVs, the Porsche Cayenne hits the spot in more ways than one. First, it impressed the Consumer Report reviewers with its driving agility. Powering it up is a 3.0-liter turbo V6 engine that had plenty of boost to propel it down the road.
The only drawback with that is that the start/stop technology offers too much hesitation when taking off. Once it gets going, the acceleration smoothes out. The reviewers managed to get 15 mpg on city roads, and 29 mpg when traveling on the highway.
Porsche makes luxurious interiors, and the Cayenne is no exception. The seating is not only comfortable to sit in on long-distance traveling, but it’s also supportive, eliminating much of the backaches and soreness you might experience with other vehicles. Fit and finish are also flawless, offering a lot of attention to the small details.
The ride, however, isn’t as impressive as the way it handles on the road. Porsche’s suspension system in this SUV doesn’t absorb road imperfections as well, so you tend to feel some jolting as you drive on rough surfaces. Blind-spot warning is an optional feature, but forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection are standard.
How well the Porsche Macan performed
Road tests for the Porsche Macan came in at a score of 76, which is five points lower than what the Cayenne received. The most impressive feature the reviewers found with this SUV is its handling. They even remarked it was “one of the best-handling SUVs we’ve ever tested.” For a smaller luxury SUV, that’s saying a lot. Even the predicted reliability ratings were above-average.
This Porsche vehicle comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for the base model. You could upgrade to the 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 motor, which gets an acceleration time of 6.4 seconds for a 0 to 60 mph run. Paired with it is a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual PDK transmission that acts quite a bit like an automatic.
The interior offers luxuriousness as the Cayenne does. With impeccable fit and finish, it has plenty of features to play with, however, it might be confusing at first to get a handle on how to use each one. It seems to be consistent in its performance since CR also recommended the 2020 model last year.
Both the Porsche Macan and the Cayenne are two sporty and luxurious SUVs that Consumer Reports recommends you buy if you get the chance. With price tags of $52,100 to start for the Macan and $67,500 for the Cayenne, you could end up spending more than you bargained for if you add lots of options.