2017 Porsche Macan review

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Porsche Macan highlights

Customer rating


  • Lots of interior space
  • Quick acceleration
  • Sharp handling and precise steering


  • Performance is more focused on power than economy
  • Insufficient backseat room
  • Lacks standard interior tech features

Mileage (EPA estimate)

17 city, 23 highway, 19 combined

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A powerful, luxurious, and sporty SUV

The 2017 Porsche Macan is a five-passenger compact luxury SUV that delivers athletic performance and superior handling with a handsome design. Boasting a wide variety of powertrain options across its four trims, along with numerous standard and optional features, the all-wheel drive Macan can elevate your on-road experience. Whether commuting to the office, enjoying a Sunday cruise, or taking road trips with family and friends, the 2017 Porsche Macan may be hard to resist.

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What is new for the 2017 Porsche Macan?

  • The Macan is available in a variety of new trims, including the Base and GTS.
  • Macan trims have been upgraded with Rear Seat Heaters, Lane Departure Warning, Parking Sensors, Rear View Camera, Adjustable Suspension, and 20 Inch Plus Wheels as standard equipment this year.
  • Apple CarPlay features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The S trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The Turbo trim now comes with Leather & Suede Seats as standard equipment.

2017 Porsche Macan trims

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  • Includes 18-inch wheels, an automatic power-lift trunk lid, a Porsche Communication Management system, eight-way power seats, a three-zone automatic climate control, and more.

Macan S

  • Adds 19-inch wheels, larger brakes, aluminum side window trim, twin dual-tube tailpipes, a driver memory package, and more.

Macan GTS

  • Adds 20-inch wheels, a sport exhaust system, Porsche Active Suspension Management, tinted LED taillights, a GTS leather package with Alcantara, and more.

Macan Turbo

  • Adds 19-inch wheels, a leather package, 18-way adaptive sport seats, Porsche Communication Management system with navigation, a Bose surround sound system, and more.

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Porsche Macan

1. Powerful turbo engine

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The 2017 Porsche Macan's powertrain lineup offers something for most driving enthusiasts. The base model starts with a 252 hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that provides strong acceleration around town and passing power on the highway. Stepping up to the 2017 Macan S or GTS unlocks twin-turbo 3.0L V6 engines under the hood, which pump out 340 hp and 360 hp, respectively. Topping the list of powertrain options is the 2017 Macan Turbo's 400 hp twin-turbo 3.6L V6 that can fly from zero to 60 mph in a swift 4.6 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). Regardless of the powertrain you choose, all 2017 Macan's include a seven-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.

2. Agile handling

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A highlight of the 2017 Macan is the SUV's superb driving dynamics. Whether carving through turns or cruising on the highway, the Macan is responsive and athletic with agile handling that can make you feel like you are driving a sports car. You should enjoy a quiet and cushioned ride as the 2017 Macan smooths over bumps and rough road surfaces. For such a sporty SUV, this Porsche promises to deliver long-haul comfort to you and your passengers.

3. Capability

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For daily driving or special trips, the 2017 Macan has the capability you need. In addition to standard all-wheel drive, which can provide better grip in challenging weather conditions, all 2017 Macan models deliver an estimated 4,409 lb towing capacity, with the 2.0L four-cylinder, 3.0L V6 engine, or the 3.6L V6, when properly equipped.

You'll also have plenty of cargo space for luggage and golf clubs in the 2017 model with 17.7 cu ft of cargo volume behind the second row or 53 cu ft with the rear row folded.

4. Attractive interior

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The 2017 Macan has a handsome cabin that pampers passengers with comfortable seating and upscale materials. The base model features partial leather and simulated suede Alcantara® upholstery or the look of the interior can be customized with one of the many available leather packages. With standard eight-way power-adjustable front seats, you can find your ideal driving position with the push of a button. For added comfort, the 2017 Macan offers heated seats (standard in Turbo; optional in other trims), available ventilated seats (optional in Macan, S, and Turbo), and available rear side window roll-up sunblinds in all trims.

5. Great standard tech

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The 2017 Porsche Macan includes a wealth of standard technology features starting from its base trim. All models include a Porsche Communication Management system, which allows you to control audio and Bluetooth® telephone functions using the standard seven-inch multi-touch screen display. You'll also find a standard parking assistance system and a rearview monitor in all trim levels of the 2017 Macan to simplify tricky maneuvers. With standard cruise control and lane departure warning, you may enjoy a stress-free commute in the 2017 Macan.

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If you're shopping for a five-passenger SUV with robust performance and available all-wheel drive, the BMW X3 is worth a look. Redesigned in 2018 as part of its third generation, 2018–2019 models start with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Whether driving around town or on family road trips, you may love how smooth and composed the base model rides. But if you're craving athleticism, the 2018–2019 M40i is equipped with a 355 hp turbocharged 3.0L V6 with 369 lb-ft of torque, along with a sport-tuned suspension and sport exhaust. The 2017 X3 is also a great pick if you like having options. Available in four trims and with three powertrain choices, including a diesel, the base 2017 X3 sDrive28i is well-equipped with these standard features:

  • 18-inch wheels

  • Power liftgate

  • Leatherette upholstery

  • Eight-way power front seats with driver-seat memory functions

  • Bluetooth connectivity

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.9 out of 5

8 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Porsche Macan an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Porsche Macan 15th out of 18 among Luxury Compact SUVs.

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Porsche Macan features and specs

Base 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather & Suede Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Burmester Audio
  • CD Audio
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Running Boards
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




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Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

441/4409 lbs.



2017 Porsche Macan FAQ

More about the 2017 Porsche Macan

2017 Porsche Macan Review: Available Colors | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Black

  • Carmine Red (exclusive to Macan GTS)

  • Carrara White Metallic

  • Jet Black Metallic

  • Mahogany Metallic

  • Night Blue Metallic

  • Palladium Metallic

  • Rhodium Silver Metallic

  • Sapphire Blue Metallic

  • Volcano Grey Metallic

  • White

Interior colors:

  • Agate Grey

  • Agate Grey and Pebble Grey (available leather package)

  • Black

  • Black and Garnet Red (available leather package)

  • Black and Luxor Beige (available leather package)

  • Espresso

  • Luxor Beige

  • Saddle Brown and Luxor Beige (available leather package)

Interior details

The 2017 Porsche Macan is a two-row SUV with seating for five passengers. Inside the sleek and handsome cabin is standard partial leather and simulated suede Alcantara upholstery (base model), but Macan GTS and Turbo trims are appointed with leather-trimmed seating. Eight-way power-adjustable seats are included on Macan, Macan S, and Macan GTS trims, while the Turbo boasts 18-way adaptive sport seats with comfort memory. In terms of 2017 Porsche Macan interior space, you'll have 17.7 cu ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats for golf bags or groceries and 53 cu ft by folding the second row.

Child seat details

The 2017 Porsche Macan offers seating for five passengers and can fit up to two car seats in the second row. This includes LATCH car seats, infant car seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. Thanks to its 110.5-inch wheelbase, the 2017 Macan provides plenty of space for the car seat and child without impacting driver or front-passenger legroom. There are also two sets of lower LATCH anchors in the Macan's outboard seats, making them easy to access.


The 2017 Macan offers a range of engine options that start with a base 252 hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). The 2017 Macan S and GTS are both equipped with a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 with 340 hp and 360 hp, respectively. Topping the list is the 2017 Macan Turbo with a 400 hp twin-turbo 3.6L V6 that can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). All 2017 Macan models come with a seven-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and an estimated 4,409 lb towing capacity, when properly equipped.

Emissions Info

According to EPA estimates, the AWD 2017 Porsche Macan's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are:

  • 399 grams per mile with the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder (Base)

  • 459 grams per mile with the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 (S)

  • 461 grams per mile with the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 (GTS)

  • 467 grams per mile with the twin-turbo 3.6L V6 (Turbo)

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