2019 Porsche Macan vs. 2019 Lexus RX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Macan has standard Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The RX Series doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Macan. But it costs extra on the RX Series.

Both the Macan and the RX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The Macan’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the RX Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 268) than the RX 350’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6. The Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 40 more horsepower (348 vs. 308) than the RX 450h’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

Regardless of its engine, the Macan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the RX Series Hybrid.

The Macan has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the RX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19.8 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Macan offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The RX Series doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Macan’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The RX Series doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Macan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the RX Series:

 

Macan

Macan S

RX Series

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

12.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Macan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RX Series (F:265/40R21 & R:295/35R21 vs. 235/65R18).

The Macan’s standard 235/60R18 front and 255/55R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series front and 55 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The Macan’s optional 265/40R21 front and 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the RX Series’ optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Macan offers optional 21-inch wheels. The RX Series’ largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Macan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Macan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The RX Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For greater off-road capability the Macan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RX Series (9 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Macan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Macan is 7.6 inches shorter than the RX Series, making the Macan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Macan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The RX Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Towing

The Macan’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RX Series’ (4409 vs. 0 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Macan is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the RX Series. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Lexus. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 3% lower rating, Lexus is ranked third.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional in the RX Series, the Macan offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

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