2017 Porsche Panamera

Pros: High performance; sophisticated suspension

Cons: Prices start in the stratosphere and go up; big car seats only four

CG Says: The Porsche Panamera is redesigned for 2017 on an all-new platform that’s slightly larger than the previous generation. Panamera is a premium large four-door hatchback with seating for four. In addition to the standard-length Panamera, there is an extended-wheelbase Executive version with more rear-passenger room. The base engine is a 330-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter V6; the two step-up engine options are a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 that makes 440 hp, and a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that puts out 550 hp. Porsche says the 2.9-liter V6 Panamera 4S has a top speed of 179 mph and is capable of 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds, and the V8-powered Panamera Turbo tops out at 190 mph and does 0-60 in 3.6 seconds. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automated-manual transmission. The base V6 is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive; the other engines come standard with AWD. Rear-wheel steering for sharper turn-in and high-speed stability is available. Inside, there is a new control system with 12.3-inch screen. Available features include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot alert, night vision, lane-keep assist, LED headlights, heated/ventilated/massaging front and rear seats, and adaptive suspension. Although prices are steep, the new Panamera promises a high level of performance and precise suspension control.

The Facts
Class Premium Large Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Porsche
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices Base: $85,000
AWD 4: $89,600
AWD 4 Sport Turismo: $96,200
AWD 4 Executive: $96,300
AWD 4S: $103,000
AWD 4S Sport Turismo: $109,200
AWD 4S Executive: $113,900
AWD Turbo: $150,000
AWD Turbo Sport Turismo: $154,000
AWD Turbo Executive: $160,000

Base Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (Base, 4)
Horsepower
330
Std. Transmission
8-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27-28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 (4S)
Horsepower
420
Std. Transmission
8-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (Turbo)
Horsepower
550
Std. Transmission
8-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25