The Four-Cylinder Macan Will Be The Cheapest Porsche You Can Buy

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If you really want a Porsche Cayman, but you are required move around children and items larger than a laptop bag, the next best thing is the Macan. For 2017, Porsche is making its compact crossover more accessible with a turbo-four motor and a starting price of $47,500.

Porsche is set to debut the updated Macan at the New York International Auto Show, and it replaces the Boxster atop the throne as the least-expensive car in Porsche’s lineup. The base Macan will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque mated to a seven-speed PDK gearbox.

Porsche claims a zero to 60 mph time of 6.1 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, featuring launch control. At 3,902 pounds, it is also the lightest Porsche crossover. In a very Germanic fashion, Porsche says that “overtaking maneuvers are completed confidently.”

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Normally, Porsche base prices are a bit of a tease. Once you start adding options, the numbers climb rapidly. But despite the fact that the $1,050 destination fee makes the real price $48,550, the entry-level Macan will come standard with a lot of the things you should be getting for that price anyway, like bi-xenon headlights, eight-way power front seats, seat centers in Alcantara, the newest generation of Porsche Communication Management, Piano Black interior package, and a lane-departure warning system. I imagine once you start adding the upgraded wheels, special paint colors, and other tempting Porsche goodies, you are looking at close to $60,000 for your turbo-four Macan.

There’s an argument that says that if you buy a crossover, you are somehow sacrificing your identity. But if you absolutely have to get one (maybe there’s a gunman holding your entire family hostage until you get a slightly-lifted four-door car, for some strange reason, I don’t know), who cares what they say?

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David Ruddock

Any “luxury” car (frankly, any car) in 2016 costing over $40,000 should be coming standard with LED lighting all around. LEDs aren’t made of liquid gold. They last far longer and use loads less power. Xenon headlights were all the rage... in 2005. And oh boy, lane departure warnings! The one smart driving feature that is objectively completely obnoxious. Is Bluetooth audio streaming still extra?

I like the Macan but Porsche’s standard-trim tech offerings are like getting in a time machine to 10 years ago. Maybe I don’t understand luxury and the raw prestige of the Porsche badge, but a fully-loaded Mazda CX-5 seems like an objectively better tool for the CUV job until you’ve got the Macan optioned up to $55-60k+, and I don’t think Porsche is even offering some of the smart driving aids (like collision avoidance braking) that budget brands like Mazda are. And the CX-5 is still far from boring to drive. But it doesn’t have a Porsche badge or Alcantra, so it just won’t do for some.