2018 Porsche Macan vs Lexus RX

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Many customers seeking a new luxury SUV that’s fun to drive are often reduced to two choices: the 2018 Porsche Macan and the Lexus RX. So how do they compare?

Engine power

If you’re looking for performance, the 2018 Porsche Macan is the clear winner. It delivers more power and torque the Lexus RX at every level, from the 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four engine on the base model to the 440-horsepower 3.6-liter turbo V6 on the top-of-the-line Macan. The huge power discrepancy is evident in the two vehicles’ acceleration times: in testing by Motor Trend, the fastest RX could only sprint from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, while the Macan managed in just 4.2 seconds. The difference in top speed across the quarter mile is just as pronounced. In other words, if you want to go fast, pick the Macan.

Suspension and chassis

Porsche has leaned on its considerable motorsports knowledge to build the Macan in such a way that it can handle corners and driving off-road better than any SUV (with the exception of its own Cayenne). The Macan is between 300 to 500 pounds lighter than the RX, leading to much better handling and agility. Its star feature is the standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension system, which keeps the ride height level with a heavy load, when towing, or to prevent body roll. In skidpad testing, the Macan Turbo managed to generate up to 0.90 g while the RX 450h AWD could only get up to 0.78 g. The Macan’s excellent suspension also has the secondary benefit of increasing road clearance when off-roading.


Both Porsche and Lexus are renowned for their safety and reliability. However, the Porsche Macan goes just a little further than the RX to protect its passengers. One of its standard technologies is a multi-collision brake system that automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to prevent secondary collisions after a crash, something the RX does not do. Also notable is that the Macan comes with standard all-wheel drive, which helps improve traction and stability; on the RX, this feature costs extra.

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