The Macan has a few engines available, like most Porsche models. It’s base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 252 horsepower. The next engine up is a turbocharged 3.0-liter that produces 340 horsepower. Topping the range is a 400-horsepower 3.6-liter turbocharged V-6. All three engines route their power through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and out to all four wheels. On top of being quick in a straight line, it is also quite competant in the twists, especially as you move into higher trims.
The Macan is wonderful, but it is not perfect. Its 29-cubic-foot cargo area leaves a bit to be desired, its rear seats aren’t the easiest to slide in and out of, and its ride is a touch stiff for some.
Finally, its $47,500 starting price puts it pretty high up the list for such a small vehicle.
The Audi Q3 comes in as our third favorite luxury SUV. Some of its best qualities include its predicted reliability, slick transmission, emergency handling, ride quality, climate control system, and highway fuel economy.
Powering this German SUV is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 200 horsepower, leaving it a bit behind our top two in performance. In fact, it’s a full two seconds slower to 60 mph than the Macan.
Pulling the Q3 down our list, other than its iffy straight-line performance, are its downright terrible headlights and its teeny-tiny 24-cubic-foot cargo area. The Q3 does make up for some of its shortcomings with an affordable $32,900 starting price and plenty of premium features.
The Lexus RX pulls in at No. 4 on our list, but it still has plenty of good stuff going for it. Some of its highlights include its owner satisfaction, acceleration, transmission, ride quality, interior noise, and front-seat comfort. It also gets decent marks for its rear-seat access, interior fit and finish.