Porsche has had sports car development for more than half a century. The company’s expertise culminates in the sports car-like 2023 Macan GTS, making it one of the most exciting SUVs to drive. With a 434-hp twin-turbo V-6 under the hood, the all-wheel-drive GTS is powerful enough to accelerate to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. If the compact luxury ute faces the roundabouts along the way, it will stay planted in each one of them, rewarding its driver with agile handling that is not only rare in most SUVs, but also in many cars. For those in the market for a high-performance vehicle, look no further than the Macan GTS. Of course, those looking for maximum utility may find beefier rivals like the BMW X3 M and Jaguar F-Pace SVR more useful. For us, however, there is no greater utility than the 2023 Porsche Macan GTS’s unrivaled driver engagement.
What’s New for 2023?
The Macan GTS enters the 2023 model year without significant changes. Still, it remains one of our favorite SUVs of all time, with another appearance on our annual Top 10 list.
Price and Which One to Buy
The Macan GTS is well-equipped with performance stuff right out of the gate, but we found the luxury of this SUV a bit lacking. So, we’ll be ordering the Premium Plus package, which includes a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated 14-way adjustable front seats, and a 12-speaker Bose stereo system.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
While the base Macan (reviewed separately) can be had with a turbocharged four-cylinder, going with the performance-oriented GTS unlocks a much more powerful twin-turbo V-6 engine. The engine produces 434 horsepower, which helped the Macan GTS to an impressive 60 mph 3.5 seconds on our test track. Several rivals offer more power, including the 505 hp Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and the 503 hp BMW X3 M Competition. Despite its lack of power, the Macan GTS feels like the more perfect of the two thanks to its sharper handling and more communicative steering.
Real World Fuel and MPG Savings
The 2023 Macan GTS carries the EPA fuel economy estimate of 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. However, we haven’t had a chance to test one with the more powerful engine on our 75 mph real-world highway routes. For more information on the Macan GTS’s fuel economy, visit EPA website.
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
While entry-level Macans can be a little too plain for the price, the GTS model comes with more comforts such as leather upholstery, aluminum trim and heated front seats. That said, those looking for an SUV with a more luxurious cabin may find the Genesis GV70 more appealing. The Macan GTS is set up for maximum fun, with well-placed controls, good outward visibility and a comfortable driving position. Its cargo space isn’t as large as some of its competitors, but when was buying a Porsche ever a rational choice? We fit six carry-on bags in the cargo hold and 16 with the rear seats folded, which should be enough for most people.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Porsche infotainment system offers all sorts of high-tech features, including standard Apple CarPlay and an optional wireless charging pad. However, like almost everything on the Mac’s equipment list, the best features come at an extra cost. Upgrading to a 12-speaker Bose audio system adds $990, and the even more powerful 16-speaker Burmester stereo is a great $5700 option. USB ports and 12-volt outlets are scattered throughout the cabin, so drivers and passengers should be able to keep their devices fully charged. With a standard mobile Wi-Fi plan, a family data plan might be able to get through the trip unscathed too.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
The 2023 Macan GTS can be had with a variety of options driver assistance technology, but almost nothing is standard. For more information on the results of the Macan crash-test, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website. Key safety features include:
- Standard lane departure warning
- Automatic emergency braking is available
- Adaptive cruise control is available
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Porsche warranty coverage is good but not great. The BMW X3 M and Jaguar F-Pace SVR offer a wider range in certain areas.
- The limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- The powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Free maintenance covers one year or 10,000 miles
Porsche Macan GTS 2022
Vehicle Type: front engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Basic/As Tested: $81,250/$104,410
Options: GTS Sport Package, $12,010; Cat Python Green, $2910; Panoramic View, $1200; adaptive cruise control, $990; BOSE speakers, $990; heat and noise insulating glass, $920; Lane Keep Assist, $700; Lane Change Assistance; $700; heated steering wheel at Race-Tex, $680; wireless charging, $580; heated front and rear seats, $570; Black LED headlamp, $520; Self Drive Park Assistance, $390
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 177 inches32894 cm3
Power: 434 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque: 405 lb-ft @ 1900 rpm
7 speed automatic dual clutch
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 15.6-in vented, cross-bore, carbon-ceramic disc/14.6-in vented, cross-bore, carbon-ceramic disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero Corsa PZC4
F: 265/40R-21 101Y NE0
R: 295/35R-21 103Y NE0
Wheelbase: 110.5 inches
Length: 186.1 inches
Width: 75.9 inches
Height: 62.8 inches
Passenger Volume: 96 feet3
Cargo Volume: 17 ft3
Restraint Weight: 4332 lb
CD TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.5 seconds
100 mph: 9.4 seconds
1/4-Mile: 12.1 seconds @ 112 mph
130 mph: 17.5 seconds
150 mph: 27.7 seconds
The above result removes 1 foot launch from 0.2 seconds.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 4.5 seconds
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.6 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.4 sec
Top Speed (mfr claims): 169 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 148 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 301 ft
Road hold, 300 ft Skidpad: 0.98 g
CD FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 16 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMICS (CD EST)
Combined/City/Highway: 19/17/21 mpg
CD TESTING EXPLAINED
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