Porsche Taycan
Porsche Taycan
Porsche Taycan

2021 Porsche Taycan sedan

Pros: Supercar-level acceleration and handling; smooth ride for a high-performance car; build quality

Cons: Driving range estimates lag some other electric vehicles; cramped rear seat; exotic-car pricing; some complicated controls; Android Auto functionality not available

CG Says: The 2021 Porsche Taycan adds new SUV-flavored Cross Turismo models. The Taycan Cross Turismo has a wagon-like body and increased ground clearance. There is also new entry-level model with a smaller-capacity battery, less horsepower, and rear-wheel drive. Previously, all Taycans had all-wheel drive. All Taycans have a revised charging program that can increase battery life and over-the-air software updates are available. Porsche introduced its first pure-electric vehicle, the Taycan, as a 2020 model. The midsize Taycan focuses on a high-performance driving experience in addition to efficiency. Indeed, it is one the fastest electric vehicles available; Porsche claims 0-60-mph runs of 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 161 mph for the Taycan Turbo S. Two bodystyles are offered: a low-slung, sport sedan and a wagon with a slightly higher ride height and a little more headroom and cargo space. While most EVs use a 400-volt electrical system, the Taycan is the first production vehicle with an 800-volt system that allows for faster charging times. Porsche says the charging time from five to 80 percent is 22.5 minutes, under ideal conditions. However, this is with an 800-volt DC fast charger, which is currently rare. All Taycans, except the new Base model sedan, are all-wheel drive, with one electric motor driving the front wheels and another for the rear. Almost all electric vehicles use single-speed transmissions, but the Taycan’s rear motor is connected to a 2-speed transmission to aid acceleration. Total horsepower varies from 402 to 750, and the estimated driving range is from 199 to 202 miles. Seating for four is standard, although an optional 3-passenger rear seat increases the number to five. Available safety features include autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot alert, night vision assist, surround-view camera, and adaptive cruise control. The Taycan is the zero-emissions vehicle that has the handling and performance expected of a Porsche. Taycan shoppers will likely accept the low-slung stance and tight back seat as acceptable compromises for the thrilling performance, but the pricing is steep even by luxury electric-vehicle standards. Still for well-heeled buyers who want to go green without sacrificing driving pleasure, the Taycan might be the ticket.

The Facts
Class Electric Vehicle
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan,  4-door wagon
Passenger Count 4-5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Porsche
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices Base  sedan: $81,250
AWD 4S sedan: $105,150
AWD Turbo sedan: $152,250
AWD Turbo S sedan: $186,350
AWD 4 Cross Turismo wagon: $92,250
AWD 4S Cross Turismo wagon: $111,650
AWD Turbo Cross Turismo wagon: $154,850
AWD Turbo S Cross Turismo wagon: $188,950

Base Engine
electric motors
402 (Base) 469 (4 Cross Turismo) 522 (4S) 562 (4S  Cross Turismo) 670 (Turbo) 750 (Turbo S)
Std. Transmission
2-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (MPGe)
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo wagon
2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo wagon
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
Side Crash - NA
Rollover - NA

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