Pros & cons: The Panamera S Hybrid is definitely a Porsche, and you see that in everything from the exceptional ride and handling to the steep price tag. This full-size car drives small and has excellent fuel economy.But it seats only 4, visibility out side windows is a bit squished and the rear-view camera is an option.
What’s new: Though a GTS model is added to the Panamera lineup, the hybrid doesn’t receive any real changes for 2013.
Ride & performance: We love that this is a no-compromise vehicle. With 0-to-60-mph times at 5.7 seconds and a EPA estimated 30 mpg on the highway, Panamera S Hybrid proves you can have your cake and eat it, too. A 3.0-liter V-6 engine and a 35 kW battery combine for 380 horsepower and 428 pounds-feet of torque.
Family value: Although this full-size sedan seats only 4, the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid works well for a small family because of its roomy interior and decent cargo space. Plus, rear-seat entertainment is an option. Still, the Porsche Panamera might not be your carpool choice.
Fun factor: Yes. As long as you aren’t stuck in traffic. This car is more sporty than luxurious, and if you’re looking for any tech features to keep you entertained on your Chicago-to-suburban commute, it’ll cost you. At least Bluetooth is standard. You should call your mother, anyway.
Safety: The 2013 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid comes standard with front airbags, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags, front knee airbags, stability control and traction control. Optional items include: Ceramic-composite brakes and a rearview camera.