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Q: What does Porsche mean?

A: "Porsche" is a German name that translates roughly to "offerings." However, the automaker actually got its name from its founder, Ferdinand Porsche.

Q: Who is Porsche owned by?

A: Porsche is owned by the Volkswagen Group, which bought out the automaker in 2011. This is the same company that owns a number of other car brands, such as Bugatti and Audi.

Q: Is Porsche a luxury brand?

A: Yes, Porsche is considered a luxury car brand.

Q: What is Porsche known for?

A: Porsche is best known for its offering of luxury sports cars for sale, including the Porsche 911 and Boxster. However, the brand also offers other luxury vehicles, including a full-size sedan (the Panamera), a midsize SUV (the Cayenne), and even hybrid versions of some of their vehicles.

About Porsche

With beginnings in 1931, Porsche specializes in high-performance luxury sports cars, sedans, and SUVs. Many people don't realize that the full company name is actually Dr.-Ing h.c. F. Porsche AG, which stands for the original founder's last name and honorary title of Doctor of Engineering. This German-based company produces a wide range of vehicles, including the popular 911 sports car, the spacious Cayenne SUV, and the full-size Panamera sedan.

The 911 is a classic Porsche that has been in production since 1963, with its most recent generation spanning 2012-present. The 2017 911 is a luxury sports car that is for sale in both coupe and convertible styles, with standard features including a 3.0L twin-turbo engine at 370 hp and rear-wheel drive.

Those who need more space without sacrificing power can explore the Porsche Cayenne, a midsize SUV with seating for up to five passengers. The 2018 Cayenne boasts a standard 3.6L V6 engine at a whopping 300 hp, in addition to automatic dual-zone climate control, partial leather upholstery, a built-in navigation system, and a premium 10-speaker audio system. Meanwhile, the 2018 Cayenne also offers up to 63 cubic feet of storage space.

A hybrid version of the Cayenne is also available for sale; the 2018 model is powered by a supercharged 3.0L V6 and electric motor at 416 hp way and gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined.1

From speedy and robust sports cars to fuel-sipping hybrids, Porsche brings a luxury driving experience to a wide range of vehicles.

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See

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Porsche reliability rating (by RepairPal)

RepairPal gave Porsche an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average. This rating ranks Porsche 28th out of 32 among all car brands. This rating is based on an average across all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on all Porsche models is $774, compared to an average of $543 across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset. This includes both scheduled maintenance and unscheduled repairs.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Porsche owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.5 times per year, compared to an average of 1.2 times across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 15% across all Porsche models, compared to an average of 11% for all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.

**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

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