A four-door sports car no longer seems like an oxymoron thanks to the Porsche Panamera. Introduced in 2010, the four-seat Panamera extends the Porsche range much in the same way as the brand’s two SUVs do. Rear- and all-wheel drive choices as well as standard and extended wheelbase models are available.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Porsche Panamera starts at $78,100 (plus a $995 destination charge) for the standard model. The Panamera is available in more than a dozen trims, including hybrid models, with the top-end Exclusive Series sedan priced at $263,900. Three engine sizes are available, including 3- and 3.6-liter V6s, and a 4.8-liter V-8. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available.

Standard equipment for the model tested included:

  • Automatic bi-xenon headlights
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Quad-exhaust tips
  • Power liftgate
  • Adaptive suspension dampers
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Heated power-operated front seats
  • Seven-inch touch screen with navigation
  • Eleven-speaker audio system with satellite and HD radios

Performance Pros

Porsche Panamera
  • Despite weighing more than two tons, the Porsche Panamera matches well with the 911 in the handling department.
  • Move up to the S and Turbo models and you’ll experience the full-range of power and performance this sports sedan offers.
  • The PDK is a seven-speed automated manual transmission and a fast shifting one at that.

Performance Cons

Think "Porsche" and "speed" comes to mind. The 3.6-liter V6 is the slowest of the lot, moving this sedan from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds flat.

Interior Pros

Porsche Panamera
  • Our testers lauded the Panamera’s roomy and limousine-like rear seat, offering space for two and a comfortable setting for both passenger positions.
  • The stretched wheelbase models offer even more room for rear seating passengers and bring in such as amenities as heated and ventilated seats, eight-way power rear seats, and power sunshades for the back and rear windows.
  • Access and egress for the rear seats is very good and excellent in stretched wheelbase models with its longer rear doors.

Interior Cons

  • Similarly priced luxury sedans offer a better selection of tech and comfort features than the Panamera. You won’t find such leading-edge technologies as active massage seats or night vision systems in this Porsche.
  • The Porsche Panamera’s cabin isn’t as quiet at its rivals. At the same time, this is one demerit entirely expected in a four-door sports car.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Engine stop-start is increasingly common across the automotive spectrum and the Porsche Panamera is no exception. Some also find it an annoyance, but happily it can be deactivated at the press of a button, except in the hybrid.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Did someone say that the Panamera’s interior seems “busy?” Our testers said so, pointing out the copious number of buttons up front. Try keeping track of all of them.

The Bottom Line

Porsche Panamera

There is really no other model like the Porsche Panamera. It is the ideal choice for people who must put aside their sports car as their families grow. But the trade off isn’t as steep as it is when choosing an SUV as this sedan advances exclusivity and maintains many of the same characteristics of the Cayman and 911, including its classic good looks up front.