The 911 represents Porsche's undying commitment to sports cars, while the Taycan is the bold leap into the electrified future. But it's the automaker's SUV lineup that really keeps the lights on in Stuttgart. For every 911 that leaves the production line, Porsche sells two Macans.
2022 Porsche Macan
One major reason we're eyeing the 2022 Porsche Macan is that each trim level is more powerful than last year's model. The base Macan's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine now makes 261 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque — 13 hp and 22 lb-ft more than the 2021 Macan. With the optional Sport Chrono package, which includes launch control, Porsche says the Macan accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, or 0.3 second quicker than a comparable 2021 version.
The Macan's ride comfort is somewhat dependent on how you specify it. The GTS on the optional Sport package feels noticeably firmer than the norm, even in its most comfortable setting. You feel the road surface in a way that's more common to sports cars than traditional SUVs, but it would be wrong to describe it as harsh. The S offers a fine compromise. It feels sporting but manages the neat trick of being agile, composed and comfortable simultaneously. No one does suspension tuning better than Porsche.
The 2021 Macan was the last vehicle in Porsche's lineup to feature the waterfall-of-hard-buttons center console design. This year, the Macan adopts Porsche's newest design philosophy, which might be described as "waterfall-of-haptic-buttons." While we don't generally prefer a haptic touch panel to actual buttons, Porsche now at least groups the controls in logical clusters. As a plus, you also won't have a sea of blank buttons if you don't check every option box, but piano black plastic is notoriously difficult to keep clean. Also on deck are a selection of new steering wheels taken from the 911 portfolio and a lower-profile transmission shifter.
Technology is one area in which the Macan is starting to show its age a little. The centrally mounted 10.9-inch touchscreen display is a generation behind that found in every other Porsche bar the 718. That means that while there's Apple CarPlay to replicate the functions found on an iPhone, there's no Android Auto. Bad luck if you worship at the altar of Google not Apple.
Storage space for odds and ends in the cabin is best described as adequate. The door and center console bins are all modestly sized, which is also a fair description for the glovebox.
Unfortunately, these welcome upgrades aren't free. While the base Macan is only slightly more expensive than last year's equivalent, the S and GTS have had a significant hike — the S is about $5,000 more than a 2021 model. The 2022 Macan S now starts between the 2021 S and GTS pricewise, while the 2022 Macan GTS' price tag is between those of the 2021 GTS and Turbo models.