2013 Porsche Panamera vs. Its Competition

2013 Porsche Panamera Platinum Edition
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Spanning a very wide range of powertrain and equipment features, the Panamera isn't easily compared to any single direct competitor.

Instead, alternatives offer different takes on the idea of a large, luxurious, performance sedan.

The BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S Class offer similar outlooks on the theme: traditional looks, ample features, good-but-not-thrilling performance, and fuel-efficient powertrain options.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS Class, particularly in AMG trim, is perhaps the closest natural competition to the Panamera, with its own unique look and a definite tilt toward the sportier end of the spectrum while still retaining a luxurious feel--though ride quality suffers noticeably in the CLS63 AMG.

The Maserati Quattroporte is all-new for the 2014 model year, and with new powertrains and fresher styling, is a viable alternative for those perhaps a bit less focused on outright performance and more concerned with passionate styling.

An outlier in the form of the Aston Martin Rapide could also be considered against the upper end of the Panamera spectrum, but its exclusivity and price tend to put it in a different league.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Porsche Panamera continues the success of the brand's unusual-looking fastback sport sedan.
The 2013 BMW 7-Series is exceptionally fleet-footed for such a spacious, luxurious, and technologically advanced car.
Carrying forward 2012's more muscular looks with inimitable style, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class gets new high-tech options while keeping its surprising performance.
Covering its wide range of performance personalities, all with superb comfort and some of the world's top in-car tech, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class is one model you'll be as happy to be in as to be seen in.
The 2013 Maserati Quattroporte performs with some of the verve of a sports car, and aims to make new converts from those who drive stodgy luxury cars.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Turbocharged Gas V8Gas/Electric V6Gas V8
EPA Class    
Large CarLarge CarsCompactLargeLarge Cars
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    
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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