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The Compact Crossover, Redefined
by Luke Vandezande

Normally when the term “compact crossover” comes across the table you think of products like the Honda CR-V, the Ford Escape or the Toyota RAV4.

Of course you could always go with something a little bit nicer like an Audi Q5 or Mercedes-Benz GLK. In fact it’s hard to think of a company that doesn’t offer something in this segment and starting this year, Porsche is joining those ranks.

But as you can probably guess, its idea of what a small soft-road capable crossover should be is a little bit different than, well, anyone else.
Say Hello to the Macan

In the U.S., Porsche is offering two versions of the Macan: the S and Turbo. Both use twin-turbo V6 engines powering a rear-biased all-wheel drive system mated exclusively to Porsche’s seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission.

The Macan S has a 3.0-liter V6 that makes 340 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque and hits 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. Officially, it’s rated at 17 MPG city, 23 on the highway or an average of 19.

FAST FACTS
Engine: Turbocharged 3.0L V6 makes 340 hp and 339 lb-ft. Turbocharged 3.6L V6 makes 400 hp, 406 lb-ft.

Transmission: Seven-speed PDK.

Fuel economy: 17/23/19 MPG city/highway/combined.

Price: Macan S starts at $50,895 or $78,335 as tested. Macan Turbo starts at $73,295 or $102,435 as tested.
Read the complete Porsche Macan Review at AutoGuide.com
 
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