My Take: The Best of the 2021 Porsche Lineup

This Iconic German Automaker Just Keeps Getting Better

Here’s What’s Happening With the Latest 2021 Porsche Models

There was a time when Porsche wasn’t expected to stay alive for much longer, but the company rallied with a couple of solid crossovers. Now, the automaker has a six-vehicle lineup that includes a world-beating EV.

The 2021 Porsche lineup is exclusive, expensive, capable, and explosively quick.

Note: Information on the 2021 Porsche Panamera is forthcoming. This section will be updated when more information is available.

See also: best luxury cars for 2021 and best sports cars for 2021.

2021 porsche 911

1. 2021 Porsche 911

Important Info

  • Base Price:$99,200 – $216,300
  • Updates: Minor
  • 0-60 mph: 2.2 seconds
  • Fuel Economy: Up to 25 mpg highway
  • Basic Warranty: 4 years / 75,000 miles
  • Our Rating: 9.0/10

Our Thoughts: Pros & Cons

Summary: The iconic 911 carries on into 2021 offering incredible performance and the latest tech.

Pros: Unbelievable performance, solid driving experience, excellent engine choices.

Cons: Outrageously expensive, digital gauge cluster isn’t the best

It doesn’t take much imagination to understand why the Porsche 911 has been around for as long as it has. The car is legendary, iconic, and offers some of the best performance around for anyone with enough money to pick one up. After a full refresh in 2020, the 2021 model year car sees just a few updates that include a new paint color and a programmable GPS option that can lift the nose at specific locations.

See also: the best Porsche 911s ever made.

The 2021 911 lineup is offered with quite a few engine choices that top out with the Turbo S, which has a twin-turbocharged boxer-6 that makes 640 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque

2021 porsche 718 cayman

2. 2021 Porsche 718 (Boxter & Cayman)

Important Info

  • Base Price:$59,900 – $100,200
  • Updates: Minor
  • 0-60 mph: As quick as 4.3 seconds
  • Fuel Economy: Up to 33 mpg with base four-cylinder engine
  • Basic Warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles
  • Our Rating: 8.5/10

Our Thoughts: Pros & Cons

Summary: The “lesser” Porsche still offers more performance and speed than most will ever use.

Pros: Lively handling, strong powertrains

Cons: Four-cylinder models sound weak, tight interior

The Porsche 718, also known as the Boxster, also known as the Cayman, is a more wallet-friendly sports car from Porsche that brings much of the performance and driving characteristics of the more expensive 911 to the masses. The 2021 718 lineup has been expanded with a GTS 4.0 model and Porsche has included more standard equipment in other models.

Three engines are on deck for 2021. The first is a 2.0-liter flat-four that makes 300 horsepower. Next is a 350-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter flat four, and the big boy engine is a turbocharged 4.0-liter flat-six that makes 394 horsepower.

2021 porsche macan

3. 2021 Porsche Macan

Important Info

  • Base Price:$52,100 – $84,600
  • Updates: Minor
  • 0-60 mph: As quick as 3.9 seconds
  • Fuel Economy: TBD
  • Basic Warranty: 6 years / 70,000 miles
  • Our Rating: 8.5/10

Our Thoughts: Pros & Cons

Summary: The Macan is a masterful blend of performance and utility.

Pros: Sports car performance, sleek styling

Cons: Rear seat is tiny, cargo hold leaves much to be desired

Porsche’s smaller crossover, the Macan, rolls into 2021 nearly unchanged, except for new infotainment features. The compact crossover can be had with up to 375 horsepower and a blazing 0-60 mph time. While the Macan represents a superb blend of performance and usability, the back seat and cargo area are too small for most families.

See also: the best three-row SUVs.

The base Macan gets a turbocharged inline-four that makes 248 horsepower. The Macan S gets a turbocharged 348-hp V6, the Macan GTS gets a twin-turbo V6 that produces 375 horsepower, and the Macan Turbo’s twin-turbo V6 makes 434 horsepower.

2021 porsche cayenne

4. 2021 Porsche Cayenne

Important Info

  • Base Price: $68,850-$108,650
  • Updates: Minor
  • 0-60 mph: As quick as 4.2 seconds
  • Fuel Economy: TBD 
  • Basic Warranty: 6 years / 70,000 miles
  • Our Rating: 9.5/10

Our Thoughts: Pros & Cons

Summary: The Cayenne is the benchmark for sports SUV performance and utility.

Pros: Handles like a sports car, strong powertrains, solid towing

Cons: Gets expensive, ride can be rough

The SUV that saved Porsche continues on into 2021 with a new GTS model, but other changes are more subtle. The Cayenne is where it’s at for performance, towing, space, and comfort. There’s even a hybrid model with expanded battery capacity and

Just one engine is on deck for the 2021 Enclave. It’s a 3.6-liter V6 that is rated at 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, though all-wheel drive can be equipped.

5. 2021 Porsche Taycan

Important Info

  • Base Price:$105,150-$186,350
  • Updates: Minor
  • 0-60 mph: As quick as 4.3 seconds
  • Fuel Economy: EV Range Varies
  • Basic Warranty: 8 years / 100,000 miles for electrical components
  • Our Rating: 9/10

Our Thoughts: Pros & Cons

Summary: The Porsche Taycan is a story of big numbers, from its acceleration to its price tag.

Pros: Outrageous acceleration, great handling

Cons: Insane price tag, hot driving leads to huge range reduction

The Porsche Taycan hit the market last year with an incredible price tag and unbelievable performance. The 2021 model year sees new charging functions, a new head-up display, and a handful of other new features for the electric car. The Taycan presents remarkable acceleration and can make the run from 0-60 mph in just 2.4 seconds.

Depending on the trim, the Taycan’s electric motors can deliver 522 hp, 563 hp, 670 hp, or up to 750 hp in Turbo S configuration.