3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Porsche Panamera Hybrid

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Expert's Rating

4.8Excellent

MPG 22 City / 30 Highway
Pros
  • Doesn't cost that much more than conventional Panameras
  • More standard features than the non-hybrid Panamera S
  • Noticeable improvements in fuel efficiency
  • Exceptional all-around performance
  • Nearly infinite customization options from Porsche
Cons
  • Fuel economy is only good by standards of its class
, Automotive Editor -
The Panamera Hybrid offers noticeably better fuel economy?but at the price of less performance and a higher MSRP.

Introduction

After a short courtship as a concept car, the Porsche Panamera arrived in dealerships for 2010. Just two years later, Porsche once again stepped out of its traditional boundaries to release a hybrid variant: the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid.

2013 marks the second year of production for the Panamera S Hybrid, and its relative youth means it is largely carried over from 2012. The Porsche sedan pairs a 333-horsepower 3-liter V6 with a 47-horsepower electric motor to produce a combined 380 ponies and 428 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed transmission delivers power to the rear wheels. Despite its relatively thrifty 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, the Panamera S Hybrid hits 60 mph in only 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 167 mph.



On top of a stunning exterior and an overachieving powertrain, the Panamera also handles just like a Porsche should, thanks to an aluminum suspension—double-wishbone up front and multi-link at the rear. Stabilizer bars and Porsche's stability management help keep the Panamera stuck to the road under hard cornering.

With a base price in excess of $96,000, the Panamera S Hybrid costs more than a non-hybrid Panamera S that rips off a 4.6-second run to 60 mph while still getting a respectable 16 mph city and 24 mpg highway. Is the hybrid system truly worth an extra 4 mpg city and 3 mpg highway? For those who value reduced CO2 emissions and respectable performance in an eco-friendly sports sedan, the answer is probably yes.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Porsche Panamera Hybrid
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2013 Porsche Panamera Hybrid S

Recommended for: Buyers who want a Porsche with excellent mpg and room for the family

The 2013 Porsche Panamera Hybrid comes in just one trim level: S. The S comes well equipped with a long line of standard features, including: projector headlights with LED daytime running lights; adaptive LED taillights; silver-painted six-piston brake front calipers and four piston rears; 18-by-8-inch front alloy wheels and 18-by-9-inch rear alloy wheels; Porsche Stability Management; air conditioning; Bluetooth connectivity; power windows and door locks with keyless entry; power and heated side-view mirrors; Porsche Communication Management with navigation, a 7-inch LCD screen, AM/FM/CD/MP3 capabilities, an auxiliary input and 11 speakers; cruise control;a power rear hatch with auto opening and closing; grained-leather seating with eight way power adjustments; a leather-trimmed steering wheel; and a 4.8-inch TFT screen in the instrument cluster with energy management display.

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