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2016 Porsche Macan Review

The 2016 Porsche Macan is a superb SUV, with thrilling performance and a handsome interior among its standout qualities. It’s also one of the most expensive luxury compact SUVs you can own – a disadvantage that pulls its score to the middle of our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Sports-car-like handling
  • Muscular engines
  • Premium cabin
  • Excellent reliability rating
  • Poor cargo space
  • Low gas mileage
  • Much more expensive to buy and own than rivals

New for 2016

  • Tri-zone climate control became standard
  • Standard heated steering wheel on Turbo models
  • Surround-view camera system became available




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 9.4
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Porsche Macan Overview

Is the 2016 Porsche Macan a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Porsche Macan is the perfect SUV if you’re looking for the performance of a sports car combined with the practicality and spaciousness of a luxury compact SUV. It's also predicted to be one of the most reliable SUVs in the class, and its interior is opulent. However, the Macan’s ownership costs are higher than every other entry in this class.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Porsche Macan review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 15 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2016 Porsche Macan?

Based on more than 120 listings for the 2016 Macan on our site, expect to pay between $45,000 and $70,000 for a used 2016 Macan. Its average list price is just under $54,000. That's one of the highest prices its class. Factors such as vehicle options, condition, and mileage affect the actual price you’ll pay.

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How Much Does the 2016 Porsche Macan Cost to Own?

In addition to its high price tag, select ownership expenses are higher on the 2016 Macan than they are on any other competitor. Over the course of five years, you’ll pay around $41,000 to maintain, repair, insure, and fuel a used 2016 Macan. Compare that with the $33,500 you'll pay for these same expenses on a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Macan?

The Porsche Macan represents a rare instance where the average price of a 2016 model is more expensive than a new 2018 model. The base MRSP of a 2018 Macan is $47,800 – that’s around $6,000 less than the average price of a used 2016 Macan ($53,900). However, used vehicle prices include higher trims with more options compared to a new base model Macan. That said, the new Macan guarantees you’ll get a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and lane departure warning, which are among its recently added standard features. The 2018 Macan's base 252-horsepower four-cylinder engine isn’t as powerful as the 2016's base 340-horsepower V6. That said, if you want more power, you can step up to the 2018 Macan S (which comes with the more powerful V6 engine) for $55,400.

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The average price of a used 2016 Macan is so expensive that you can pick any other base model in our ranking of new luxury compact SUVs and still spend less. Outstanding alternatives that offer both sporty performance and a refined atmosphere include the 2018 BMW X3 ($41,000), 2018 Jaguar F-Pace ($42,065), and 2018 Audi Q5 ($41,500).

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Porsche Macan?

The 2016 Macan has a reliability score of four out of five from J.D. Power, which is among the highest scores in the class.

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2016 Porsche Macan Recalls

As of this writing, three recalls have been issued on the 2016 Macan. The largest of these addresses a potentially faulty flange for the fuel pump. Additional recalls relate to a potentially defective sensor for the front-passenger air bag and to a fuel line that may leak. Before buying a used Macan, ensure that a Porsche dealer has properly addressed these recalls.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche Macan Is Best?

The Macan debuted as a new model for the 2015 model year, and this generation includes the 2018 model year. A few noteworthy changes have been made over the years, with standard tri-zone climate control and an available surround-view camera system added in the 2016 model year, and a four-cylinder engine replacing the V6 as the Macan’s base engine for the 2017 model year. For the best combination of value and power, most shoppers will want to stick with a 2015 or 2016 model.

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Which Used Porsche Macan Model Is Right for Me?

The Macan is available in two trims: Macan S and Macan Turbo. We recommend the base model, which comes with Bluetooth, tri-zone climate control, leather upholstery, and a strong twin-turbocharged V6 engine. If that doesn’t satisfy your inner Steve McQueen, step up to the Macan Turbo. This has a more powerful twin-turbo engine, heated front seats, a surround-sound Bose stereo, and navigation.

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What Does Porsche's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Porsche offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles 13 years old or less and with fewer than 124,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Porsche extends the original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. If the CPO vehicle is past its original new-car warranty term (four-years/50,000-miles), Porsche will cover the CPO vehicle for two years with unlimited mileage. Each CPO Porsche must pass a 111-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Porsche warranty page carefully.

Porsche’s CPO program is below average for a luxury carmaker, according to our research. Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Jaguar all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Macan?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has evaluated the 2016 Porsche Macan for crashworthiness.

Available advanced safety features include a surround-view camera system that provides a 360-degree view around the vehicle, front and rear parking sensors, lane change and lane keep assist systems, and adaptive cruise control.

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2016 Porsche Macan Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche Macan or 2016 BMW X3?

Few rivals can match the Porsche Macan's athleticism, but the BMW X3 comes close. Though the Macan's engines have more horsepower, the X3 is available with three muscular engine choices. The BMW also has a balanced ride, so it's at home both on twisty roads and long stretches of highway. If the Macan puts too much of a strain on your budget, the X3 is a worthy alternative.

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche Macan or 2016 Acura RDX?

The Acura RDX may not be as fun to drive as the Macan, but it's more well-rounded in other areas. The RDX has composed, comfortable handling and a strong base V6 engine that returns 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway – much better than the Macan’s fuel economy. If you want the better value, pick the RDX.

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche Macan or 2016 Audi Q5?

For balanced performance at a more reasonable price, consider the Audi Q5. It has a smooth, powerful standard four-cylinder engine and is available with a stronger V6 option. Neither engine offers as much horsepower as the Macan's lineup, but the Q5's power is more than enough for the average driver. The Q5 also has engaging driving dynamics. Its standard all-wheel drive provides excellent road grip, and it's available with an adjustable suspension. That said, with a higher overall score and a superior reliability rating, the Macan is the better option of the two.

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2016 Macan Performance

How Does the 2016 Porsche Macan Drive?

The 2016 Porsche Macan S has a standard 340-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces rapid acceleration. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard. An even more potent 400-horsepower 3.6-liter engine is available in the Macan Turbo. The Macan has incredibly nimble handling, providing one of the most engaging rides you can get from an SUV. Better still, its ride is comfortable enough for daily driving.

Does the 2016 Porsche Macan Get Good Gas Mileage?

According to the EPA, the Macan S gets 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Those estimates are poor for the class, but they are in line with the estimates of high-performance rivals.

2016 Porsche Macan Towing Capacity

A properly equipped 2016 Macan can tow a braked trailer that weighs up to 5,219 pounds.

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2016 Macan Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Macan Seat?

The 2016 Porsche Macan has upscale cabin materials and a sporty interior design that complements its athletic performance. It seats five, and the back seat has good space for adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Porsche Macan?

For child safety seats, the Macan’s LATCH hardware consists of two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors in the back seat. The system has not been evaluated for ease of use.

2016 Porsche Macan Features

The Macan's dashboard controls and touch-screen display are easy to use and work well. It comes standard with an 11-speaker stereo, a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, heated side mirrors, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

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2016 Porsche Macan Dimensions

Porsche Macan Cargo Space

The Macan’s cargo space is poor for the class, with 17.7 cubic feet behind the second-row seats and a maximum of 53 cubic feet.

Porsche Macan Length and Weight

The 15.4-foot-long Macan S has a 4,112-pound curb weight. The Macan Turbo is 0.7 inches longer and has a 4,224-pound curb weight. The maximum gross weight for both is 5,622 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Porsche Macan Built?

Porsche built the 2016 Macan in Leipzig, Germany, alongside the 2016 Porsche Cayenne and 2016 Porsche Panamera.

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