Pros: One-of-a-kind shape; best-in-class handling and agility; broad range of models and powertrains gets even broader this year
Cons: Steep prices get even steeper as options are added; fastback-style rear window makes for subpar rear visibility; complex switchgear
CG Says: The Porsche Panamera lineup expands for 2014 to include an “E-Hybrid” plug-in hybrid model and an extended-wheelbase Executive body style. A new twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 replaces the previous 4.8-liter V8 on S models. Panamera may be Porsche’s first sedan, but in most ways it’s just what you’d expect from this brand: superbly over-engineered, hugely capable on the road, and oozing Porsche character like any 911 or Boxster. Too bad it’s so low-slung and hard to see out of. In crowded urban conditions, especially, it’s like driving a tank. The complex switchgear doesn’t make life any easier. Hatchback versatility is a plus, and the many customization options are tempting ego-boosters, though they carry a very steep price. But for those who would otherwise own a sedan, an SUV, and a sports car but have only one garage space, this Porsche might be just the thing. Our nod goes to the V6 Panamera and Panamera 4. Not only are they the most affordable models, they offer the best balance of power, handling, ride quality, and luxury.