When most people think of Porsche, the first thing that comes to mind is the brand’s storied history of iconic, race-bred sports cars. While it’s true that legendary vehicles such as the 911 have established the marque’s reputation across the globe, you might be surprised to learn that the two best selling models in the Porsche lineup are the Macan and Cayenne SUVs. Debuting in 2002, the larger Cayenne helped Porsche essentially create the performance luxury SUV segment. Boasting the title of the best-selling Porsche model, the smaller Macan offers a more compact solution to enjoying spirited performance in your SUV. If you’re having difficulty choosing between these two, Porsche Ann Arbor is here to help. We’ve created this in-depth comparison which compares the Macan and Cayenne side by side. Let’s take a closer look and see which is the better fit for your lifestyle and driving habits.
|2021 Porsche Macan||VS||2021 Porsche Cayenne|
|19 / 23 / 21||City / Highway / Combined Fuel Economy||19 / 23 / 20|
|2.0-Liter Turbocharged I-4||Base Engine||3.0-Liter V6|
|273 lb-ft||Toque||332 lb-ft|
|6.3 seconds||0 – 60 Time||6.2 seconds|
|7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung||Transmission||8-speed Tiptronic® S|
|20 gallons||Fuel Tank Size||24 gallons|
|4,099 lbs||Curb Weight||4,582 pounds|
|184.9 inches||Exterior Length||193.6 inches|
|63.9 inches||Exterior Body Height||66.7 inches|
|53 cubic feet||Maximum Cargo Volume||60.3 cubic feet|
|Front and Rear||Parking Sensors||Front and Rear|
As we take a closer look at both of these capable SUVs, there are a few key distinctions between the two. Each has its own advantages when comparing performance figures. The smaller Macan is powered by a standard Turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine which produces 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to its 7-Speed Porsche Doppelkupplung transmission, the Macan can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in only 6.3 seconds, nearly identical to the Cayenne. You’ll also enjoy greater fuel efficiency compared to the Cayenne.
Directing our attention towards the Cayenne, the larger Porsche SUV is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 which delivers 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. While it does have more power than the Macan, the Cayenne makes no compromises on efficiency thanks to a 23 MPG highway fuel economy rating. A larger fuel tank capacity makes the Cayenne a great choice for those who enjoy extended weekend getaways.
Looking next at the sizes of both vehicles will give you a better understanding of which Porsche SUV is right for you. The city-sized Macan features a lower curb weight, shorter exterior length, and a shorter body height than its larger sibling. Choosing the Cayenne means that you’ll have 8 additional cubic feet of cargo space compared to the Macan. Both models have seating for 5 passengers, an integrated navigation system, and standard parking sensors located at both the front and rear.
For drivers who live busy active lifestyles, the compact Macan is certainly a great choice thanks to its turbocharged engine and agile handling characteristics. If you need more space, the Porsche Cayenne proves to be an excellent option for a long road trip.
Porsche Ann Arbor invites you to come experience both the Macan and the Cayenne in order to get a better impression of which is the better fit for your lifestyle. Our team of Porsche Brand Ambassadors is standing by help you select the right Macan or Cayenne to match your personality and driving preferences.
*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes options; taxes; title; registration; delivery, processing and handling fee; dealer charges. Dealer sets actual selling price.
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