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The Porsche Macan returns as the Best 10 winner after a year off. Part of the reason this car is back is because it can be driven as if it were part of our Top 10 Car competition, with agility that is rarely found among high-driving vehicles. In GTS guise, where a twin-turbo V-6 engine produces a serious 434 horsepower, the Macan acts like an enlarged hot hatch, with ultrasharp steering complemented by a willing chassis. You climb higher than Porsche’s iconic sports car, but you quickly forget you’re driving a 4,300-pound crossover as the 2.9-liter engine emits a guttural growl as the Macan hurtles through corners with fleet-footed finesse.

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The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox makes quick, snappy gear shifts with the click of a cool metal paddle or responds telepathically when left to its own devices. The whole package boosts driver confidence with every wheel spin and pedal push.

Even the base Macan provides driving dynamics worthy of a Porsche. The turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four isn’t as loud as the six-cylinder found in the S and GTS, but the engine still produces a healthy 261 horsepower. Switch to a sportier driving mode and the base model wakes up, providing the balanced and agile handling of the faster and more powerful Macan variant.

Despite its focus on driver enjoyment, the Macan still functions as a practical commuter. The ride is smooth, and the cabin is comfortable, even if a little cramped. The build quality is impeccable, and the materials are luxurious and modern, though the glossy black plastic that appears on many high-touch surfaces is a fingerprint magnet.

Porsche charges full price for the Macan’s awesomeness, with base models starting at nearly $60,000, and a well-equipped GTS can easily cross the $100,000 threshold. A hefty amount to be sure, but no other SUV is as rideable as the Macan. The Macan’s ability to be a lovable thrill-seeking, angle-seeking rocket and luxury cruiser, regardless of trim level or powertrain, has earned it a return to the Best 10 list.

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