2021 Porsche Taycan

MSRP range: $79,900 - $185,000
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2021 Porsche Taycan Review

  • Rapid acceleration and enjoyable, hunkered-down handling
  • Potential for very quick fast-charging capability
  • Four-door practicality plus two trunks
  • Impressive build quality and interior finish
  • Rear legroom isn't overly generous
  • EV greatness comes at a commensurately great price
  • Touchscreen interface is not very intuitive
  • Low ride height and roof can make it difficult to enter and exit
  • New base version with a single motor and rear-wheel drive
  • Head-up display, automatic body lift and post-purchase options now available
  • Taycan Cross Turismo wagon debuts later in the model year
  • Part of the first Taycan generation introduced in 2020

An electric Porsche? The idea would have seemed outlandish even just a few years ago. But here we are with the 2021 Porsche Taycan, and it's every bit a Porsche. There's thrilling performance, sleek styling and lots of customization possibility. It's even a traditional Porsche in terms of price. That may not be quite as much to your liking, but at least you know the brand is being consistent.

The Taycan debuted last year and quickly claimed the top spot in Edmunds' rankings of luxury EVs. For 2021, the Taycan gains a new base trim. It costs less than the existing 4S and Turbo trims but isn't as powerful. Also on the horizon is a new Cross Turismo body style with a larger rear hatch like a wagon.

We're sure you'll agree that it deserves the Porsche badge no matter which Taycan you have your eye on. But it's not the only choice out there. The updated 2021 Tesla Model S can still be considered a benchmark of the class, while corporate sibling Audi has come out with the e-tron GT that uses some of the same hardware as the Taycan. So how does this Porsche EV stack up? Check out our Expert Rating below to get our in-depth evaluation.

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The Taycan represents Porsche's foray into the electric vehicle space, and it does not disappoint. The Taycan is a technological masterpiece that manages to deliver incredible comfort and effortless driving one moment and then, with the twist of a knob, world-beating performance the next. How one car can do both so well is a little baffling.

But all that technology and capability comes at a high price. The Taycan is not cheap, and we found some of Porsche's touchscreen tech to be needlessly complicated — Luddites steer clear.
We expected a lot from the Taycan, and in common Porsche fashion, it overdelivers. We thought it'd be quick and it is. At Edmunds' test track, our 4S test car ripped from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. Did we mention this car weighs over 5,100 pounds? That's as much as a Ford F-150.

You wouldn't know it from the way it goes around corners either. There's the effortless balance and ease of a rear-wheel-drive sports car, but with ridiculous amounts of traction and thrust exiting corners. It kind of feels like cheating. The brakes feel and perform amazingly, offering ample stopping power and none of the artificialness that's common among today's EVs and hybrids. The Taycan does casual cruising well too, with the exception of its lack of automatic regenerative braking. Some EVs provide enough regen when you lift off the accelerator that you often don't need to touch the brake pedal. Not so in the Taycan.
The seating is cushy but not enveloping, but only the sport seats provide the lateral support needed for any dynamic driving. Still, we managed 9.5 hours behind the wheel in a day without feeling completely beat-up, so that says a lot. The rear seats aren't nearly as good, with their overly prominent lumbar support, tight toe room and a slightly elevated floor height.

Ride comfort, on the other hand, is impressive. Given how much the Taycan weighs and how well it handles, the ride is incredibly well composed. It's complemented by a very quiet cabin. And it's not just the absence of engine noise that's impressive, but also the car's insulation from outside noise in general.

The single biggest miss here is an overcomplicated climate control system, particularly the virtual vent controls. There's a bit of a lag time when you adjust the vent position, and it's quite distracting if you're on the go. If the AC system wasn't so effective in its auto mode, this would be a bigger issue.
The Taycan's touchscreen interface is pretty good but not perfect. The lower touchscreen controls the climate settings but can also be used to navigate the upper touchscreen through its virtual touchpad and shortcut buttons. Like other touchscreens, the Taycan's is prone to smudges, though thankfully they only are noticeable when the system is off. If you're not open to taking some time to learn new things, you'll probably hate this interface.

When it comes to getting in and out, the Taycan is more like a sports car than a sedan, especially if the air suspension isn't raised to its friendliest setting. Once inside, there's lots of space up front, but the rear seat is small for a car this long, and the lack of toe space under the front seats makes it feel more cramped. Rear passengers should watch their heads as the swoopy roofline runs pretty low.

Even though the rear window is pretty narrow, rearward visibility is perfectly fine. And it's even better out front thanks to the thin windshield pillars. Door-mounted mirrors ensures objects don't get obscured when you're turning. Arguably the worst part of visibility is the reverse camera and its wide, distorted fish-eye lens perspective.
The optional Bose surround-sound system delivers punchy sound with impressive clarity, even when cranked up to irresponsible volumes. The nav system is easy to learn on the fly and has the ability to display various map views within the gauge cluster, even when Apple CarPlay is active. CarPlay comes standard, but Android Auto is not available. A wireless charger and four USB-C charging ports are also included.

Our pricey test vehicle was missing a lot of common driving aids including adaptive cruise control, and the ones it had were a little overbearing at times. The optional surround-view camera didn't operate for an entire week, but when it did finally right itself, it worked seamlessly with the parking assist sensors. The reverse camera picture looks like a fish-eye lens, and while you can see a lot of what's behind you, the skewed image makes it difficult to gauge proximity to things.
The rear trunk space, at 14.3 cubic feet, is a bit small for how large the Taycan is, and boxes will need to be pushed in farther than you think to clear the slope of the trunklid. There's underfloor storage that helps, and the rear seats split 60/40 and fold down flat, lending some needed cargo flexibility. The front trunk offers an additional 2.8 cubic feet of storage and can fit a small roller bag.

There's slightly better interior storage than what most luxury sedans provide. The armrest bin is pretty modest, but a cubby beneath the lower touchscreen can store things such as sunglasses, face masks or even a small purse. The door pockets will hold a couple of water bottles, but the glovebox won't hold much beyond the owner's manual.

Car seat anchors are easy to locate, though the tilt of the rear seat bottom is steep, so proper adjustment of your child safety seat's base might be tricky. A rear-facing seat will be a bit of a squeeze behind most front occupants.
The EPA estimates that a Taycan 4S with the standard battery has a range of 199 miles with a consumption of 42 kWh/100 miles, which is the EV equivalent of a gas guzzler. By comparison the other "thirtiest" EVs include the Audi e-tron (46 kWh/100 miles), Tesla Model X Performance on 22-inch wheels (43 kWh/100 miles) and Jaguar I-Pace (44 kWh/100 miles).

But in Edmunds' testing, we experienced significantly better range and consumption while driving the Taycan using settings that a typical owner would. (The EPA mandates the use of default settings for its testing.) We observed 323.3 miles of range with a consumption of 32.3 kWh/100 miles. Note that, unlike a regular car's mpg number, improved efficiency comes from a lower kWh/mile consumption figure, not a higher one.
Most EVs these days don't come cheap, but the Taycan is like shopping in the boutique vitamin aisle at Whole Foods instead of CVS. Even the base-model 4S starts thousands above Tesla's Performance models. That said, no Taycan owner will have to worry about questionable build quality or glitchy firmware updates. And beyond the software and electronics, Porsche has a way with interiors and the tactile feel of switches and buttons, or at least the few of them that haven't migrated to the touchscreen menus.

Warranty coverage and roadside assistance for Taycan are pretty standard for the luxury class. But an onboard charger and 240-volt charge cord, assuming you have a simple matching socket installed, can save you from purchasing an entire home charging station. You'll also benefit from three years of charging at Electrify America stations, where your first 30 minutes of each visit are free (sufficient for charging to 80% battery capacity in the right conditions).
There was never any doubt the Taycan would be a performer, and even the base-model 4S offers plenty of thrills. Speed can be accessed anywhere, but that's expected of any luxury EV. Instead, the Taycan impresses with its composure and the sensation it delivers behind the wheel. It supplies what you'd want of any high-performance sedan when you press it, but the rest of the time it's simply an exceptionally comfortable car.

And EV or not, the Taycan is a great-looking vehicle. The shape is instantly familiar as a Porsche yet special at the same time. Porsche's first production EV aims to wow, and wow it does.

Which Taycan does Edmunds recommend?

The midrange Taycan 4S should have more than enough power to satisfy if you're performance-minded. We'd consider adding the adaptive cruise control option and, for audiophiles, the Burmester premium audio system.

Porsche Taycan models

The Porsche Taycan sedan is available in four trim levels: Base, 4S, Turbo and Turbo S. The Base and 4S come with a 79-kWh capacity battery pack. They're also eligible for the 93-kWh Performance Battery Plus upgrade that is otherwise included as standard on the Turbo models. The base Taycan trim has a single motor with a two-speed transmission that drives the rear wheels. The other trims gain a second motor for all-wheel drive. 

A Taycan Cross Turismo variant is on the way and adds a longer, wagon-like hatch. Check back for updates on that model.

The standard Taycan has a power output of 321 horsepower. With launch control, output climbs to 402 hp for short periods in overboost mode. The Performance Battery Plus option increases output to 375 hp (469 hp in overboost). Estimated EPA range was not available at our review's publication time, but we suspect it will be more than 200 miles with both battery options.

Feature highlights include:

  • Summer performance tires
  • Adaptive rear spoiler
  • DC fast-charging capability
  • Auto-dimming, heated mirrors
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Interior ambient lighting
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Navigation system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
  • Remote monitoring and control through a smartphone app
  • 10-speaker audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • 16.8-inch curved instrument panel 
  • Standard advanced safety features such as:
    • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
    • Lane keeping assist (steers the vehicle back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
    • Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)

The midgrade 4S adds all-wheel drive and has an output of 429 hp (522 hp in overboost mode) with an estimated range of 199 miles. The Performance Battery Plus option increases output to 482 hp (562 hp in overboost mode) with an estimated range of 227 miles. It includes all of the above plus:

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Adaptive air suspension (can raise or lower the ride height of the vehicle)

The Taycan Turbo cranks up the performance potential with 616 hp (670 hp in overboost mode) with an estimated range of 212 miles. Added features include:

  • Upgraded brakes
  • Torque vectoring to improve acceleration and handling
  • More front seat adjustments
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Heated rear seats
  • 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system

Turbo S
The top-dog Turbo S kicks power output up to 616 hp (750 hp in overboost mode) with an estimated range of 201 miles. It also adds:

  • Larger ceramic-composite brake rotors
  • Four-wheel steering
  • Front sport seats with even more adjustments
  • Sport Chrono package (listed below)

Some features are available on supporting trims as options. Notable bundled option packages include:

  • Premium package
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • Ventilated front seats
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Surround-view camera system
  • Sport Chrono package
    • Sport steering wheel with customizable drive modes
    • Dash-mounted chronograph
    • Sport Plus drive modes

Standalone option highlights include:

  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Night vision
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Center rear seat (increases passenger capacity to five)
  • Massaging front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Passenger touchscreen
  • 21-speaker Burmester premium audio
  • Increased charging capacities for quicker at-home and DC fast charging

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Porsche Taycan.

Average user rating: 4.5 stars
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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Amazing car with exhilarating driving experience!
Eric W,
Turbo 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM)
The car drives like a dream, torque is instant and the interior is best in class. With a 220V charger at home, it takes roughly 6 hours to get a while charge which is great. However, the infotainment system could be more intuitive.
4/5 stars, Unbelievably sexy and smooth
4S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM)
I stopped in to test drive a Panamara Hybrid never thinking I'd consider an all electric car but in the back of my mind I preferred the Taycan styling. So the dealer convinced my to give it a whirl. The sensuous faux sound was terrific and it felt like a rocket ship taking off. It was a very new driving experience . Now, I can't consider anything other than electric. It was like discovering chocolate for the first time and realizing you are addicted. I was instantly sold on this 4s model with the performance battery and 21" wheels. A friend recently purchased the Tesla model Y and she loves it! Says it's way more powerful than a Panamara. I just cant get excited about any of the Tesla model styling. So despite the fact that it sounds like it has more milage to a single charge, may be more spacious and promises a fully autonomous package in the near future, I like Porche's extended history with electric cars and a probable chance that I could get a quick repair on a Porche in the event it ever needs one. Two years ago on a blog, I've heard a nightmare story of one family needing a Tesla repair and it took 8 months for the part so it was inoperable that whole duration. Tesla did not comp a car. Not sure how expeditiously Tesla has turn around time for repairs now but that story left me cautious. I'm planning on leasing a 4s and look forward to seeing Porche boost the milage capacity and perhaps the eventual autonomous feature as well. Expensive, yes but if you're looking for a luxury experience, the Taycan is sure to impress. I took off a star based on the mileage capacity being sort of dramatic between the Tesla and not seeing any info in the autonomous feature in the near future, otherwise the drive is surreal.
5/5 stars, Like tasting a fine wine for the first time.
4dr Sedan (electric 2AM)
Love at first sight as the dealer drove our Taycan onto the showroom floor the day it was delivered. We’d custom ordered what we wanted to see in the car months before, so it was like a Birthday once it appeared before us. It’s simply beautiful. We have been extremely pleased w the Performance Plus package that we added and the driving experience has taken awesome to a whole new level.
4/5 stars, Beautiful
4S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM)
The car is really a pretty car. Drove like a sports car...fun. Just worried about mileage limit.

2021 Porsche Taycan videos

SPEAKER 1: Three, two, one, go. [MUSIC PLAYING] ALLISTAIR WEAVER: This car is literally hot off the plane from Germany. It landed at LAX two days ago and didn't have to quarantine. It's the new entry level Porsche Taycan. It goes on sale in spring, priced a little under $80,000. It's rear wheel drive, like a proper Porsche. And it still has 402 horsepower in launch control mode. In this film, we're going to tell you more about the car. Then, we're going to drag race it against Edmunds' very own Tesla Model Y, driven by one Mr. Carlos Lago. CARLOS LAGO: So why the Model Y and not the Model S? Well, Tesla, among many things, continues to deliver a really good electric bang for the buck, and this car is no exception. We also thought it funny to put up a compact SUV against that Porsche right there. This Model Y is the performance version. We own it, it's actually part of our long term test fleet. You can see more about it at the links below, including videos with me talking about the pros and cons of this vehicle. But it costs about $70,000, which makes it close, in terms of price, to that Porsche. Now, I'm going throw to Allistair so we can talk more about what makes that Taycan that Taycan. But if you like this video and want to see more like it, make sure to like, and subscribe, and leave a comment. Also, visit edmunds.com/sellmycar to get an instant cash offer on your car. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: So to create the standard Taycan, Porsche has taken away the front motor from the Taycan 4S. And in doing so, taken away the all wheel drive and taken in 200 pounds off the curb weight. They've also taken $25,000 off the price of the Taycan 4S to create a standard Taycan priced at a little under $80,000. SPEAKER 2: All right. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: At Edmunds, we do read your comments. We know that many of you just want us to cut out all the chat and jump straight to the racing. And if that's the case, you can click on the chapter right below and we'll go straight to race one. But if you're really interested in the car and you appreciate my witticisms, then indulge me for a moment and I'll tell you all about the new Porsche. The lack of all wheel drive might be an issue if you're living in the Snowbelt, but to be honest, if you're here in California like most Taycans are, it's unlikely to make any difference whatsoever. All it might do, in fact, is improve the car's efficiency. There's no official EPA rating yet for the base Taycan, but it should better. The 4S is rating at 199 miles. And if you are concerned about range, you can always opt for the long range battery pack that adds an extra six grand, but also introduces more horsepower. Bear in mind that when we put the 4S through the Edmunds EV range test, it achieved an extraordinary 323 miles. So let's just say the range of this car should be plentiful. And so to the conclusion, would I have a standard Taycan or should I upgrade to a 4S or even a turbo? Honestly, all depends on your priorities. If you live in the Snowbelt, then maybe you need the all wheel drive. And maybe you must have that extra punch of acceleration. But honestly, is it worth $25,000? For me, no. As a road car, I think it's just superb. Yes, $80,000 plus a few Porsche options and you're going to be paying close to 100,000. But hey, in Porsche terms, that makes it almost a bargain. Anyway, enough of me wittering on trying to be a proper journalist, let's get to the bit that people really care about. How will it drag race? [MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: Hey, Allistair, so three questions about that Taycan. How much power does it have? How much does it weigh? And what's the launch control like? ALLISTAIR WEAVER: So I'll start with question two. It weighs 4,500 and about 60 pounds. So I think it's about 150 pounds heavier than your Tesla. And now the power's a tricky thing because it has 321 horsepower in normal life, but then for launch control, it has an overboost function, which takes you to 402 for two seconds, which might just be enough. What was the third question? CARLOS LAGO: How does the launch control work? ALLISTAIR WEAVER: Oh, yes, the launch controller. So drive mode into sport plus, then foot on the brake, and then it will kick start the systems. And then I put my foot on the throttle and it activates launch control and away we go. You have the optional suspension, which this does, which is a $2,000 option thereabouts. The whole car will hunker down as well, which is kind of cool. CARLOS LAGO: How very theatrical. So this Model Y is slightly lighter, surprisingly. Tesla doesn't say how much horsepower this car has. So I've got no power rating and you've got two. And in terms of launch control, I just hit the go pedal as hard as I can as quickly as I can. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: So typically crude American engineering then. CARLOS LAGO: I'd call it American pragmatism. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: So it's a tough one to call. It's all about how much that overboost actually helps me get off the line. He's got all wheel drive, I've only got rear wheel drive. Will that make much difference in cars that weigh this much? Probably not. I'd say I'm 50/50. CARLOS LAGO: I'm going to wipe the floor with that Porsche. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: Should we do this? CARLOS LAGO: I think so. SPEAKER 1: Counting down in three, two, one, go. [LAUGHS] ALLISTAIR WEAVER: Well, it's a bit more conclusive than what I thought. CARLOS LAGO: Ha, it's not even close. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: 106 miles an hour at the end. CARLOS LAGO: Allistair, I'm afraid to say that wasn't even close. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: I was actually kind of surprised by how big the gap was. CARLOS LAGO: Did it leave the line hard? I mean, you've got launch control with air suspension, and all that launch control, and two power levels, and all that. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: Yeah, I think I got a better wheel spin because of rear wheel drive rather than all wheel drive. But I felt sophisticated, though. CARLOS LAGO: Well, it's fashionable to arrive late, right? Even if it's the finish line. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: I arrived in style. CARLOS LAGO: I think on the second run, I'm going to give you a head start of a second or two, what do you think? ALLISTAIR WEAVER: Much as it pains me, I think I probably need it. SPEAKER 1: OK, drivers, you ready? Give me a honk, please. [HONKS] CARLOS LAGO: He's going to go on one, I'm going to go on go. SPEAKER 1: Hey, are you rolling? CARLOS LAGO: That should be enough. Make this race a little more interesting. SPEAKER 1: OK, drivers, race in three, two, one, go. CARLOS LAGO: It's a little delayed. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: Oh, I was a bit slow on the off. CARLOS LAGO: Bye bye. Bye bye, Mr. Porsche. Bye. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: Once this thing's up and running, there's not actually much in it. I think it's just got to be more traction in the old all wheel drive. I was a bit slow on the uptake then, I forgot that I was going on one, not going on go. CARLOS LAGO: I don't think it matters. I think we can say with some confidence that in a drag race, the top of the line performance Tesla Model Y is faster than the base model Porsche Taycan. Is that a fair assessment? ALLISTAIR WEAVER: I think so. It would be interesting if we do a roll race now because actually, once you're up and running, you're faster off the line. I think the all wheel drive definitely helps. But then once it's up and running, you don't really go away. CARLOS LAGO: I think we should try exactly that. So now we're going to do a roll on race. We're both going to get to about 30 miles an hour and then cross the start line, nail the go pedal as we do so to see if the gap stays the same as the race continues to see how much this race is based on the launch. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: OK, 30 miles an hour. I'm not even level. CARLOS LAGO: And there's the horsepower. There's the horsepower. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: Oh, man. Next time, I need to bring a Turbo S. CARLOS LAGO: I think it's just a horsepower advantage. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: Yeah. [LAUGHS] CARLOS LAGO: Allistair, there's nothing quite like the sound of quiet defeat. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: I'm just taking in my synthetic electric motor noise. CARLOS LAGO: Do that all you wish. I'll be waiting for you at the finish line. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: Yeah, that was pretty conclusive to be honest. Much more conclusive than I thought it was going to be. CARLOS LAGO: I guess memo is, if you want the fastest EV you can get for about $70,000 or $80,000, it's probably going to be a Tesla. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: That's true, at least until the Mustang Mach-E GT arrives before too long, a couple of months. CARLOS LAGO: I think we should drag race those, yeah? ALLISTAIR WEAVER: Don't give the game away. [LAUGHS] CARLOS LAGO: Shh, keep it a secret. We might drag race a Model Y with a Mustang Mach-E. ALLISTAIR WEAVER: I think it will be the most interesting and original little editorial idea of all time. [LAUGHS] [MUSIC PLAYING]

Drag Race! Tesla Model Y vs. Porsche Taycan | Reviewing & Racing Performance EVs | 0-60 Performance

NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Porsche Taycan, but since the 2021 Porsche Taycan is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Which is the fastest EV for $70,000 to $80,000? Is it the base model Porsche Taycan or the Tesla Model Y Performance? Alistair Weaver and Carlos Lago find out in this EV drag race.

Features & Specs

Battery & Range
EPA KWh/100 mi.: N/A
Time To Charge Battery (At 240V): 9.5 hr.
EPA Electricity Range: N/A
4 seats
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 2-speed automated manual
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Length: 195.4 in. / Height: 54.9 in. / Width: 77.5 in.
Curb Weight: 4566 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 17.2 cu.ft.

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Our experts’ favorite Taycan safety features:

Warn and Brake Assist
Warns you of an impending front collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios.
Park Assist
Aids in tight parking situations, helping you judge the distance between your car and an obstacle.
Lane Change Assist
Alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot.

Porsche Taycan vs. the competition

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2021 Tesla Model S

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Porsche Taycan vs. Tesla Model S

Thanks to the new tri-motor Plaid versions for 2021, the price range of the Tesla Model S is nearly as broad as the Taycan's. Probably the biggest noticeable difference is estimated range, with the EPA's numbers for the Tesla considerably higher. But we have found that in real-world testing, the gap narrows significantly.

Compare Porsche Taycan & Tesla Model S features 

Porsche Taycan vs. Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Mustang Mach-E may seem out of place against the Taycan, but it is exceptionally good and the forthcoming GT model should be great. The Mach-E blurs the line between sedan and SUV, but we'd easily consider it against all other EVs. It's not as bonkers as the Taycan, especially the higher trims, but it delivers thrills aplenty. It also has the Porsche beat when it comes to convenience and price.

Compare Porsche Taycan & Ford Mustang Mach-E features 

Porsche Taycan vs. Audi e-tron GT

The forthcoming Audi e-tron GT is eerily similar to the Taycan in many ways, which should be no surprise since both Audi and Porsche are both under the Volkswagen umbrella of brands. The e-tron GT has a sharper and more angular style compared to the sleek Taycan, and you'll have more standard and optional tech features too. For that reason, we'd consider waiting until you can compare them both.

Compare Porsche Taycan & Audi e-tron GT features 

2021 Porsche Taycan First Impressions

What is the Taycan?

The Porsche Taycan is a four-door electric car and the first fully electric vehicle from Porsche. Although it's tempting to imagine that the Taycan is based on Porsche's other four-door sedan, the Panamera, the two have little in common aside from a few minor suspension components.

The Taycan is available in four trims. The 4S, Turbo and Turbo S carry over from last year and are joined by a new entry-level model simply called the Taycan. Two battery packs are available: one with a 79.2-kWh capacity is standard on the Taycan and 4S levels, while a larger pack with 93.4 kWh is standard on the Turbo and Turbo S and optional for the others. For 2021, the Taycan debuts with a host of new options. There's a newly available head-up display, and the air suspension can now be programmed to automatically lift the car once a user stores a geo-specific spot in the car's memory. Porsche is introducing over-the-air feature unlocks, so if you decide after you buy your Taycan that you did, in fact, want lane keeping assist, you can have it activated by clicking a button. These features can be unlocked on a permanent or month-to-month basis. We're also expecting the rollout of the wagonesque Taycan Cross Turismo.

The only real electric competitor to the Taycan is the Tesla Model S, which has a much more attractive pricing structure. Performance-wise, the Tesla is on par with the Porsche, at least in a straight line, and the Tesla has exclusive use of its touted nationwide charging network. But the addition of the Cross Turismo, along with the arrival of an entry-level Taycan, will undoubtedly amp up the competition.

EdmundsEdmunds says

The Taycan has impressed us beyond our already high expectations, and we look forward to the Cross Turismo for 2021 for its added hatchback practicality.


Is the Porsche Taycan a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Taycan both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.2 out of 10. You probably care about Porsche Taycan energy consumption, so it's important to know that the Taycan gets an EPA-estimated 79 mpg-e. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Taycan ranges from 15.8 to 17.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Porsche Taycan. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Porsche Taycan?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Porsche Taycan:

  • New base version with a single motor and rear-wheel drive
  • Head-up display, automatic body lift and post-purchase options now available
  • Taycan Cross Turismo wagon debuts later in the model year
  • Part of the first Taycan generation introduced in 2020
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Is the Porsche Taycan reliable?

To determine whether the Porsche Taycan is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Taycan. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Taycan's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Porsche Taycan a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Porsche Taycan is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Taycan and gave it a 8.2 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Taycan is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Porsche Taycan?

The least-expensive 2021 Porsche Taycan is the 2021 Porsche Taycan 4dr Sedan (electric 2AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $79,900.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Sedan (electric 2AM) which starts at $79,900
  • 4S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM) which starts at $103,800
  • Turbo S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM) which starts at $185,000
  • Turbo 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM) which starts at $150,900
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What are the different models of Porsche Taycan?

If you're interested in the Porsche Taycan, the next question is, which Taycan model is right for you? Taycan variants include 4dr Sedan (electric 2AM), 4S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM), Turbo S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM), and Turbo 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM). For a full list of Taycan models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Porsche Taycan

2021 Porsche Taycan Overview

The 2021 Porsche Taycan is offered in the following submodels: Taycan Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (electric 2AM), 4S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM), Turbo S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM), and Turbo 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM). Porsche Taycan models are available with a undefined-liter electric engine, with output up to 750 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Porsche Taycan comes with rear wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 2-speed automated manual. The 2021 Porsche Taycan comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Porsche Taycan?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Porsche Taycan and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Taycan 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Taycan.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Porsche Taycan and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Taycan featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Porsche Taycan?

2021 Porsche Taycan 4dr Sedan (electric 2AM)

The 2021 Porsche Taycan 4dr Sedan (electric 2AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $81,250. The average price paid for a new 2021 Porsche Taycan 4dr Sedan (electric 2AM) is trending $2,973 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,973 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $78,277.

The average savings for the 2021 Porsche Taycan 4dr Sedan (electric 2AM) is 3.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2021 Porsche Taycan 4dr Sedan (electric 2AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Porsche Taycan 4S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM)

The 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $105,150. The average price paid for a new 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM) is trending $3,817 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,817 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $101,333.

The average savings for the 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM) is 3.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 10 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM)

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $152,250. The average price paid for a new 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM) is trending $5,331 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,331 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $146,919.

The average savings for the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM) is 3.5% below the MSRP.

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM)

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $186,350. The average price paid for a new 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM) is trending $6,536 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,536 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $179,814.

The average savings for the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM) is 3.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Porsche Taycans are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Porsche Taycan for sale near. There are currently 16 new 2021 Taycans listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $98,110 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Porsche Taycan.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Porsche Taycan?

2021 Porsche Taycan 4dr Sedan (electric 2AM), 2-speed automated manual, electric fuel

2021 Porsche Taycan 4S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM), 2-speed automated manual, electric fuel
79 compined MPG,
79 city MPG/80 highway MPG

2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S 4dr Sedan AWD (electric 2AM), 2-speed automated manual, electric fuel

Transmission2-speed automated manual
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase114.2 in.
Length195.4 in.
Width77.5 in.
Height54.9 in.
Curb Weight4566 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Porsche Taycan?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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