2012 Porsche Panamera vs. Its Competition

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Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Porsche's Panamera is almost too unique to be directly compared to anything on the market, but several cars come in close on pricing and performance.

The BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class offer more traditional aesthetics and layout, plus a much higher grade of technology, along with similar spectra of performance across their ranges, though both come off more as heavy, high-speed cruisers than nimble full-size sports cars.

Maserati's Quattroporte is closer to the Panamera on feel and responsiveness, and adds the aural beauty of a Ferrari-designed V-8 engine, but suffers in ride quality and interior quality in comparison to the Panamera.

Mercedes-Benz's CLS Class, particularly in AMG trim, may be the closest competitor of the group, though again, ride quality suffers to deliver sharp handling while the sharply sloped rear roofline compromises back-seat headroom.

Aston Martin's Rapide is perhaps even more capable than the Panamera, and more exclusive, but also more expensive.

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Quick Specs
Bucking tradition and the ordinary, the 2012 Porsche Panamera mostly succeeds in being an excellent large fastback sedan.
The 2012 BMW 7-Series is the Bavarian automaker's flagship model, and it cleverly wraps vast interior space, industry-leading tech, and the expected BMW fleet-footedness.
Still a fashionista at heart, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS is cut from a more masculine pattern book these days--especially in powerful AMG trim.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful.
The 2012 Maserati Quattroporte is a stylish, well-handling, exclusive choice for a luxury sedan.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas/Electric V6Gas V8
EPA Class    
Large CarLargeCompactLargeLarge
Style Name    
4-Door HB4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan CLS 550 RWD4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD4-Door Sedan Quattroporte S
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Hatchback4-Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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