2020 Porsche Cayenne vs. 2020 Porsche Macan: Worth the Upgrade?

2020 Porsche Macan (Top) / 2020 Porsche Cayenne (Bottom)
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Which Porsche Performance SUV Is Right For You?

Porsche, one of the world’s most-venerable sports car makers, shocked its legion of loyalists when it debuted its first SUV, the midsize Cayenne, in 2002. The idea of a Porsche-branded SUV – let alone any model having four doors – seemed counter to the brand’s storied roots. The market eventually proved the vehicle’s naysayers wrong, and even brands like Maserati and Lamborghini started to sell performance-oriented SUVs. Now in its second generation, the Cayenne remains true to Porsche’s performance heritage. It’s also available as a hybrid, which we treat as a separate model.

The compact Porsche Macan SUV joined the Cayenne on showroom floors for the 2015 model year. It’s since become the brand’s most popular model, and by a wide margin. It delivers the quick and nimble driving characteristics you’d expect in a Porsche – only it does so with four doors and added practicality.

Aside from their sizes and sticker prices, how does this dynamic duo stand up against each other? Is it worth going up-market with the larger Cayenne, or is the smaller and less-costly Macan the better choice? We’ll answer that question on a point-by-point basis, and declare a winner based upon the results.

One caveat, however: Since U.S. News scores are updated constantly as new data comes in, the details mentioned in this article may not match those in our rankings and reviews.

Read on to learn which Porsche SUV takes home the top prize.

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