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You might be tempted to dismiss the 2016 Porsche Macan as just another luxury crossover, but after you drive it, you will realize that it's a genuine performance car that is certainly deserving of wearing the Porsche crest. Like most crossovers, it rides kind of high, and it has a hatchback trunk, but the engineers at Porsche have worked miracles on this crossover's driving dynamics. Here are five reasons to experience the Macan.

Two Amazing Engines

The Macan Turbo is making headlines, and rightfully so, as it packs a 3.6-liter turbo V6 with 400 horsepower. However, the less expensive base Macan S also has a turbocharged V6, and it pumps out 340 hp. After driving both of them, there's no question that the Turbo feels stronger, but the base engine more than holds its own. If you have to choose between the two, you'll be facing an enviable problem.

Sports-Car Handling

A lot of crossovers supposedly have sporty handling, but let's be honest, most of it is just window dressing. The Macan, however, is the real deal. We shadowed a 911 on a racetrack, and, surprisingly, the Macan Turbo kept up. The model's sport-tuned suspension and rear-biased all-wheel-drive system make it extremely fun to drive.

Sumptuous Interior

Historically, Porsches had been known for their Spartan cabins, but those days are long gone. The Macan embodies this trend with its rich materials, beautifully upholstered seats and crisp high-resolution displays. This model is Porsche's entry-level crossover, but you wouldn't know that from inside the cabin. We especially like the rich tan leather upholstery with matching dashboard and steering-wheel trim.

Handy Hauler

The Macan's official cargo measurements are modest at 17.7 cu ft. in the trunk and 53 cu ft. with the rear seatbacks folded down. But think of it like this: It's a 4-door Porsche with real cargo capacity, which will seal the deal for some Porsche lovers. Plus, you can tow over 4,400 pounds, which is unheard of among compact luxury crossovers. Of course, the larger Cayenne can haul and tow even more, but the Macan offers a nice middle ground between the top-dog Cayenne and Porsche's sports cars.

Surprising Value

Let's leave the Turbo Macan out of this one, since it starts at around $75,000. It's hard to say that anything's a good value at that price point. The base Macan S, however, starts in the low 50s, and it comes very well-equipped right out of the box. A lightly optioned Macan S could be the one for you, as you get a lot of Porsche engineering goodness for the price.

Autotrader Says

The 2016 Porsche Macan might not look exactly like the classic Porsche, but it certainly drives like one. It should be on your test-drive list if you are shopping in this segment.

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