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2017 Porsche Panamera: What You Need to Know

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The 2017 Porsche Panamera outranks nearly all other super luxury cars. It seamlessly blends classic Porsche performance with a lavishly rich interior. You can expect nothing less than a serene ride and an elegant cabin made with sumptuous materials.

Is the 2017 Porsche Panamera a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Panamera is an exceptional car. It has superb performance, with four powerful turbocharged engines to choose from (including a plug-in hybrid), a refined automatic transmission, and carlike handling. The Panamera's cabin features luxurious materials, a sleek layout, and plenty of cargo space.

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We’ve researched 9 2017 Porsche Panamera reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2017 Porsche Panamera?

Prices for the 2017 Porsche Panamera range from about $79,000 to around $153,000, with the average price landing a little above $114,400. This data comes from nearly 100 listings for the 2017 Panamera on our site. Prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

How Much Does the 2017 Porsche Panamera Cost to Own?

We do not have projected five-year ownership costs for the 2017 Porsche Panamera at this time.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Panamera?

The 2018 Porsche Panamera starts at $85,000 and can exceed $194,800 in the new-for-2018 Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive model. The Panamera was fully redesigned for the 2017 model year, and there weren’t many updates for 2018 besides the addition of two new models in the lineup: the wagonlike Sport Turismo and the range-topping Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. You can save thousands of dollars with a used Panamera, and you won’t miss much.

For a less expensive new super luxury car, consider the 2018 Lexus LS. Starting at $75,000, the fully redesigned Lexus LS is a good value and delivers poised handling, though it’s not quite up to the Porsche's level. It also has muscular powertrain options and a lavishly appointed interior. On the downside, the LS’ infotainment system is frustrating and lacks smartphone connectivity technology like Apple CarPlay.

Which Model Year of the Porsche Panamera Is Best?

The Porsche Panamera was fully redesigned for the 2017 model year. Models from the previous generation did not score as high as the current generation in our rankings. However, these older models are still worth considering if you want to save loads of money. There were some notable changes over the last few model years of the previous generation. You can likely save money and get a similar car by shopping for an older model.

How Reliable Is the 2017 Porsche Panamera?

The 2017 Porsche Panamera has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

2017 Porsche Panamera Recalls

As of this writing, there is one open recall for the Panamera. Some Porsche Panamera 4S models have a recall that involves a rear axle anti-roll bar connecting link that may detach when there’s an unexpected change to the vehicle’s handling, which could increase the risk of a crash. Before buying a used Panamera, make sure this recall has been addressed.

See more information on Porsche Panamera safety recalls »

Which Used Porsche Panamera Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Porsche Panamera offers eight different variants. Among the configurations are four long-wheelbase Executive models, which feature more rear seat legroom, and a hybrid trim. The main difference between the trims is the powertrain each one comes with. Also, more features become standard as you move up the trim ladder.

The base Panamera should be sufficient for most shoppers. It comes well-equipped with a top-notch interior, a 330-horsepower V6 engine, and handling on par with most sports cars. Standard features include partial leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, a ten-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, a power liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

Certified Pre-Owned Porsche Panamera Warranty

Luxury brands like Lexus and Mercedes have more robust certified pre-owned programs than Porsche. Still, a certified pre-owned Panamera may provide added peace of mind. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Porsche extends the original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. If the CPO vehicle is past its original new-car warranty term (four-years/50,000-miles), Porsche will cover it for two years or 50,000 miles – though Porsche places total mileage limits on this warranty. Each CPO Porsche must pass a 111-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Porsche warranty page carefully.

How Safe Is the Panamera?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted crash tests on the 2017 Porsche Panamera.

Front and rear parking sensors are standard, along with a rearview camera. Available active safety features include a 360-degree parking camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, lane keep assist, road sign recognition, and forward collision warning.

2017 Porsche Panamera Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Porsche Panamera or 2017 BMW 7 Series?

Both the 2017 BMW 7 Series and the Panamera are excellent choices. While the 7 Series can deliver a satisfying blend of ride comfort and cornering abilities, the Panamera is more powerful and nimbler around the corners than the 7 Series. On the other hand, the BMW comes with standard features that aren’t included in the base Panamera, including full leather upholstery, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and four-zone automatic climate control. The BMW feels less confined, and it can seat up to five (the Panamera seats four). You’ll likely pay less for a used BMW 7 Series, but if performance is a priority for you, the Porsche will satisfy your appetite better than the BMW.

Which Is Better: 2017 Porsche Panamera or 2017 Mercedes-Benz S Class?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S Class might not match the Panamera’s athleticism, but it has everything could want in a super luxury vehicle. It delivers extensive high-tech features, a powerhouse lineup of engines, a lavish interior, and some of the most comfortable seats you’ll find in a luxury car. Its available Magic Body Control adaptive suspension system scans the road ahead and makes adjustments to coddle you over each bump. Both vehicles rank high in the super luxury class, so you can’t go wrong with either vehicle.

2017 Panamera Performance

How Does the 2017 Porsche Panamera Drive?

There's plenty of power on display with the 2017 Panamera's lineup of engines. Each one is more tempting than the last, and they range from the base V6's 330 horsepower up to the Porsche Panamera Turbo S trim's twin-turbo V8 that puts out 550 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard with every powertrain. The 2017 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and an electric motor that together produce 462 horsepower.

Rear-wheel drive is standard in the base Panamera, and all other trims come with all-wheel drive. The Panamera uses an electronic damper control system that quickly adjusts to even slight changes in the road surface. This gives the Panamera agile handling along with a comfortable ride. Additional performance upgrades can be found in models with added packages such as the Premium package, Sport Chrono package, and Sport package.

Does the 2017 Porsche Panamera Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Panamera and the Panamera 4S get an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is on par with other large luxury cars. Fuel economy estimates drop to 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway for the Porsche Panamera Turbo. At this time, there are no fuel economy estimates for the E-Hybrid model.

2017 Panamera Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Panamera Seat?

The 2017 Panamera seats four on partial leather upholstery, with standard heated and power-adjustable front seats. Available upgrades include full leather upholstery, massaging front seats, ventilated front and rear seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable rear seats, and power rear-seat sunshades.

Inside, the Panamera has plenty of room in both rows of seats. Only the tallest rear-seat passengers will want more headroom. The Panamera Executive trims feature a stretched wheelbase by almost 6 inches to increase rear-seat legroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Porsche Panamera?

The Porsche Panamera has two complete LATCH child-seat attachments in its second row.

2017 Porsche Panamera Features

Standard features include the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, 10 speakers, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Front and rear parking sensors are also standard, along with a rearview camera.

Available features include a four-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, a 21-speaker Burmester surround-sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road sign recognition, night vision, and forward collision warning.

The redesigned 2017 Panamera nixes the button-happy design of the previous generation's cabin, instead offering a large touch screen on the center stack. The interface is easy to use and responsive, though finding some settings requires flipping through several layers of menus. Some reviewers also lament the lack of redundant buttons.

2017 Porsche Panamera Dimensions

Porsche Panamera Cargo Space

The 2017 Porsche Panamera has 17.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, which is on par with the class average. The rear seats have a 60/40 split, and folding both down opens up 46 cubic feet of total cargo space. Plug-in hybrid models have a 14.3 cubic-foot trunk, which can expand to 44 cubic feet. A power liftgate is standard.

Long-wheelbase Panamera Executive models increase overall cargo space to 52.3 cubic feet, or 49.3 cubic-feet in 4 E-Hybrid Executive models.

2017 Panamera Length and Weight

The Porsche Panamera is around 16.6 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,001 pounds (base model) to 4,784 pounds (Panamera E-Hybrid).

Where Was the 2017 Porsche Panamera Built?

Porsche built the 2017 Panamera in Germany.

Read the full 2017 Porsche Panamera review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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