Porsche Macan vs BMW X3 vs Lexus NX vs Mercedes-Benz GLC Comparison

Compact luxury SUVs have rapidly expanded in popularity among drivers living active lifestyles or those with growing families. These impressive vehicles offer eye-catching styling, luxurious interiors, and potent performance that invigorates every journey. As a result, the most discerning drivers have continued to choose the Porsche Macan for its optimized balance of comfort, handling, and unmatched power. If you’ve been skeptical, Blue Grass MOTORSPORT is here to prove that the Macan is the best option. We’ve assembled this informative guide which puts the Macan up against its top rivals which include the BMW X3, Lexus NX, and Mercedes-Benz GLC. Once you see the results, you’ll understand why luxury shoppers continue to choose Porsche.

2022 Porsche Macan vs 2022 BMW X3

Porsche Macan

2022 Porsche Macan



2022 BMW X3 xDrive30i

261 ✓ Horsepower 248
295 lb-ft ✓ Torque 258 lb-ft
19.8 gallons ✓ Fuel Tank Capacity 17.2 gallons
6.0 seconds ✓ 0-60 Time 6.4 seconds
Standard, Front/Rear ✓ Parking Sensors Optional
Leather / Alcantara Suede ✓ Seat Material Leatherette
Standard ✓ Front Knee Airbags Not Available
Standard ✓ Voice Activated Controls Optional
4 ✓ 12V DC Power Outlets 2
$54,900 MSRP $45,700

The first contender to face off against the Porsche Macan is the BMW X3. Looking at performance, the X3 falls short of the Macan in both horsepower and torque. As a result, the Porsche Macan out accelerates the BMW X3 by four-tenths of a second from zero to sixty. It also features a fuel tank that boasts 2.6 additional gallons of capacity, which means less frequent stops at the gas pump on extended road trips.

Inside, the advantages of the Macan really shine. Premium features – like voice-activated controls – are included as standard equipment. BMW owners will need to select costly optional equipment to get these same high-tech features. Additionally, Macan owners can relax into comfortable yet supportive seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara suede, while the X3 only offers simulated leatherette seating surfaces. And finally, to help all occupants stay connected on the road, the Porsche Macan offers a total of 4 12V DC power outlets compared to just 2 in the X3.

There are also a few safety benefits you’ll receive by driving a Porsche Macan. Front knee airbags provide an added layer of protection in the event of a collision and are included as standard on the Macan. They are not offered on the BMW X3. Perfect for when backing in or out of a tight space, the Porsche Macan includes standard parking sensors located at the front and rear of the vehicle. To receive a similar feature in the X3, you’ll again be required to pay for added-cost optional equipment to get these in the BMW X3.

2022 Porsche Macan vs 2022 Lexus NX

Porsche Macan

2022 Porsche Macan


Lexus NX 350 F Sport Handling

2022 Lexus NX 350 F Sport Handling AWD

261 Horsepower 275
295 Torque 317
19.8 gallons ✓ Fuel Tank Capacity 14.5 gallons
6.0 seconds ✓ 0-60 Time 6.6 seconds
Standard, Front/Rear ✓ Parking Sensors Optional
Power Liftgate ✓ Rear Cargo Door Optional Power
53 cubic feet ✓ Max Cargo Capacity 46.9 cubic feet
Leather / Alcantara Suede ✓ Seat Material Leather
40 / 40 / 20 ✓ Rear Seat Split 60 / 40
Standard, Separate Controls ✓ Rear HVAC Not Available
$54,900 MSRP $47,725

The next contender to go head-to-head against the Porsche Macan is the Lexus NX. Once again, the challenger is no match for the potent performance found under the hood of the Macan. While the Porsche Macan offers less horsepower and torque than the Lexus NX 350 F Sport Handling, it does boast a 0-60 time that’s over half a second quicker. When it comes to true performance, the Porsche Macan wins handily. Again, its larger fuel tank will lead to less-frequent stops at the gas station in order to fill up on extended road trips.

In addition to its potent performance, the Porsche Macan is also more practical than its Lexus rival. The Porsche Macan has a substantially larger cargo area than the Lexus NX. Convenience features and refinement are the final two categories in which the Macan tops the NX. Use the standard power liftgate on the Macan to access the cargo area even with your hands full.

Lastly, the level of refinement found inside the Porsche Macan proves to be a more pleasant environment for both drivers and passengers. While the Lexus NX offers leather seating surfaces, the Macan delivers superior leather and Alcantara Suede for maximum comfort and a premium look and feel. The rear seat of the Macan is split 40/40/20, perfect for carrying long skis along with passengers for the trip up the mountain. Speaking of rear seat passengers, they will certainly have a preference for the Macan as well. Porsche offers standard rear HVAC controls to allow rear passengers to fine-tune their comfort preferences. The Lexus NX does not offer this feature.

2022 Porsche Macan vs 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC

Porsche Macan

2022 Porsche Macan


Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC

261 ✓ Horsepower 255
295 ✓ Torque 273
6.0 seconds ✓ 0-60 Time 6.1 seconds
4,409 lbs ✓ Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs
19 inches ✓ Wheel Size 18 inches
Standard ✓ Front Fog Lights Not Available
Leather / Alcantara Suede ✓ Seating Surfaces Leatherette
Standard ✓ Satellite Radio Optional
Standard ✓ Voice-Activated Audio Controls Optional
8 ✓ Number of Speakers 6
Standard ✓ Wheel Locks Optional
$54,900 MSRP $45,850

In this final comparison, the Porsche Macan goes up against the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV. A true driver’s vehicle, the Porsche Macan delivers more horsepower, more torque, and a faster 0 to 60 time, even though it’s 200 pounds heavier than the Mercedes-Benz. But performance can go beyond just quicker acceleration, as the Porsche Macan can tow an extra 900 pounds versus the GLC’s 3,500-pound towing capacity, comes standard with 19-inch alloy wheels versus 18-inch wheels on the Mercedes-Benz, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to provide nearly instantaneous gear shifts.

Choosing the Macan means that you will receive standard wheel locks for added protection, satellite radio with voice-activated audio controls for a more engaging drive, and a greater number of speakers for a sublime listening experience. All of which are only optional on the Mercedes-Benz GLC.

Porsche Macan Interior

Upgrade to a Porsche Macan

Now that you’ve seen exactly how the competition fares against the Porsche Macan, it’s clear why drivers with a preference for performance continue to choose the Macan. Why drive an inferior BMW, Lexus, or Mercedes-Benz when for as little as $7,175 you can step up and experience what it’s like to drive an SUV that delivers sportscar thrills? You’ll immediately gain a sense of the motorsports-inspired driving dynamics of the Macan which add a dose of adrenaline to your daily commute.

Porsche Macan Exterior

Comparison Winner – Porsche Macan

No matter which category you choose to investigate, the clear winner of this comparison is the Porsche Macan. In terms of performance, premium standard equipment, safety, and superior engineering — the competition at BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz simply cannot compete with Porsche. Our team of Porsche Brand Ambassadors at Blue Grass MOTORSPORT are eager to introduce you to the Porsche Macan and to help you choose the model which perfectly suits your needs and lifestyle.

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