2012 Porsche Panamera

2012 Porsche Panamera Car Review

by Lauren Fix, The Car Coach

The 2012 Porsche Panamera four-door all wheel drive hatchback is beautiful yet able to be driven daily. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, takes a closer look.

Make/ Model – 2012 Porsche Panamera 4

MPG – 18 city/ 26 hwy.
Engine – 3.6L V-6 engine with 300 hp.
Transmission: 7-speed auto-shift
All Wheel Drive

Standard/ Options:

•iPod input
•Side/Curtain Airbags
•Stability Control
•Traction Control
•Auto start-stop
•Power liftgate
•Bi-xenon adaptive headlights with LED daytime running lights
•Rain sensing wipers
•Full LED rear lighting
•Optional tech features includes a 6-disc CD changer, Bose surround sound, Burmester surround sound
•Front and rear ParkAssist, an electronic logbook and voice control.

The 2012 Porsche Panamera brings sports car performance and nontraditional styling to the full-size premium luxury sedan class.

The Panamera is offered in six versions, the rear-wheel drive 2 and S, and the all-wheel drive 4, 4S, Turbo and Turbo S.

We test drove the 2012 Porsche Panamera 4.

Competes with:

•Audi A7
•BMW 550 Grand Turismo
•Aston Martin Rapide
•Nissan GT-R


•Impressive cornering and handling
•Multiple engine choices
•Comfortable ride B
•Top quality cabin materials
•Many options including air conditioned seats


•Only four seats
•Should have flat blade wiper blades for the price of the car
•Pricey options

With its on-road refinement, well-trimmed cabin, and legendary on track ability, the 2012 Panamera 4 delivers satisfying performance with class-leading fuel economy. All Panameras perform well on the street and the track, and all have more than enough passenger and cargo room to qualify as no-compromise luxury sedans.

Because the Panamera is all-wheel drive its viable for all-season driving. We think it’s one of the world’s best luxury sports sedans.

Remember, when shopping for a new car, test drive as many vehicles as you can in the class you are looking in to make sure you find the car that is best for you.


Courtesy of YNN/ Time Warner Cable
Aired: 2/07/2012

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