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The 2023 Porsche Macan EV Could Be the Best Car in the World Already, and Here's Why

Consider what it means to be the best. Is it ever just about being good at one thing? The best football teams have a strong defense as well as a strong offense, whereas the best basketball players can do much more than just score points.

You hustle, you rebound, you move the ball, and you create opportunities for others. You're the whole package.

But what does this mean in terms of a passenger vehicle? How can you say that this or that car is the whole package, and what boxes would such a car have to check in order to please everyone?

First and foremost, no one can please everyone. Someone looking for an F-150 isn't concerned with how good a car the Ford Fiesta is, and vice versa. As a result, we must define those boxes while taking into account as many factors as possible. This necessitates objectivity, which means that major factors like styling or pricing can't be as important as driving dynamics or versatility – though they still matter.

What exactly do I mean? Each buyer must decide whether a car looks good or is overpriced. However, whether it's enjoyable to drive or useful, those are quantifiable facts.

With that in mind, I devised a method for determining this information, only to discover that what could be the best overall car in the world isn't even in production.

Okay, here's what we require from such a vehicle: It must be in a popular segment, practical, enjoyable to drive, high-tech, safe, emission-free, and available in the majority of markets. You'll also need some brand recognition, and while pricing is more of a subjective factor, it can't be more than $1,000,000, or you won't be able to call it a popular choice. This is a regular car.

Because we're looking at the most popular segment and we know how important practicality is, the best car in the world is an SUV or a crossover-type vehicle. Size isn't as important in this case. What matters is the form factor and the knowledge that if you absolutely had to, you could take it a little off the beaten path, or at the very least sleep peacefully knowing that you have a little more ground clearance than you would in a typical 4-door sedan or hatchback.

As a result, we're now looking for an SUV/crossover that's also zero-emissions, i.e. fully electric. There must be a lot of those around, right? Unfortunately, we must eliminate all of them that can be described as large, or even mid-sized by some standards. The reason is simple: a large SUV will not handle as well as a smaller one, so say goodbye to the Tesla Model X, BMW iX, GMC Hummer SUV, and so on.

Of course, there are many current and upcoming compact/midsize electric SUVs and crossovers to consider. Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Audi e-tron, Jaguar i-Pace, Kia Niro EV, VW ID.4, Volvo XC40 Recharge, Cadillac Lyric, Hyundai IONIQ 5, Kia EV6, Mazda MX-30, Nissan Ariya, Toyota bZ4X, and the list goes on and on.

But which of these vehicles do you consider to be sporty? I mean sporty, as in enjoyable to drive on a twisty road or a racetrack. Isn't there none? The answer must be something that can compete with a BMW X3 M or an AMG-powered Mercedes SUV in terms of driver engagement. It must be the best at what it does while remaining functional.

Do you know which SUV currently gives you the impression that you're driving a sports car? You've known the answer all along – it's the Porsche Macan, and starting next year, it'll be available globally in fully-electric spec, riding on an entirely new platform. It will also use the same 800-volt battery technology as the Taycan, as well as new coupe-like styling and a large digital dashboard.

On paper, this should be the most dynamic SUV on the market, owing to the Porsche badge.

Keep in mind that I don't want to imply that being fun to drive is the most important factor here, but it does matter more than some of the other factors because it helps transform a people hauler into a pseudo-sports car, which is rare, if not borderline impossible.

Porsche's decision to electrify the Macan was brilliant, especially given that they skipped the "small" step of first making it a plug-in hybrid. It's also the best-handling SUV on the market, as well as a member of the most popular passenger car segment. It's large enough for a small family, starts at $54,900, has good ground clearance, and all the badge recognition you'll ever need.


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