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2011 Porsche Panamera

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$21,261 — $45,397 USED
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Hatchback
4 Seats
19-22 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Quick acceleration
  • Dual-clutch transmission's responsiveness
  • Handling
  • Interior quality, quietness
  • Cargo versatility

The Bad

  • Backseat's low seating position, upright backrest
  • Powered spoiler limits rear visibility
  • Cargo hatch no roomier than competitors' trunks
  • Fixed head restraints
  • Gas mileage
2011 Porsche Panamera exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Porsche Panamera
  • New V-6 base model
  • Four-door performance hatchback
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • 300, 400 or 500 hp
  • Fuel-saving auto-stop feature

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Vehicle Overview

Introduced in 2010, the Porsche Panamera is a large, four-door hatchback that's intended to compete with full-size luxury sedans like the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. For 2011, Porsche adds to the existing V-8-powered Panamera S and turbocharged Panamera Turbo a V-6-powered version called simply the Panamera.

Comprehensive specs aren't available for the 2011 lineup as of this writing, but we do know that the new V-6 model starts at $74,400 and the all-wheel-drive Panamera 4 is $78,900. The S and 4S are $89,800 and $94,700, respectively, and the Turbo is $135,300.

New for 2011
Like the existing trim levels, the new Panamera comes with rear- or all-wheel drive, in a version called the Panamera 4. Its 3.6-liter V-6 is different from the six-cylinder that powers Porsche's base Cayenne SUV. Whereas the Cayenne's engine comes from Volkswagen, the Panamera's is a new derivation of the existing 4.8-liter V-8. It produces 300 horsepower. Apart from the new trim level, changes for 2011 are minimal.

Exterior
The Panamera's controversial profile and rear view are a lightning rod for criticism, though the style plays a part in the car's large backseat and versatile cargo hatch. The main visible distinction between the V-6 version and the two higher trim levels is a matte-black trim surrounding the side windows in place of chrome. Five-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels are standard, as are black brake calipers. The Panamera S has silver c...

Vehicle Overview

Introduced in 2010, the Porsche Panamera is a large, four-door hatchback that's intended to compete with full-size luxury sedans like the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. For 2011, Porsche adds to the existing V-8-powered Panamera S and turbocharged Panamera Turbo a V-6-powered version called simply the Panamera.

Comprehensive specs aren't available for the 2011 lineup as of this writing, but we do know that the new V-6 model starts at $74,400 and the all-wheel-drive Panamera 4 is $78,900. The S and 4S are $89,800 and $94,700, respectively, and the Turbo is $135,300.

New for 2011
Like the existing trim levels, the new Panamera comes with rear- or all-wheel drive, in a version called the Panamera 4. Its 3.6-liter V-6 is different from the six-cylinder that powers Porsche's base Cayenne SUV. Whereas the Cayenne's engine comes from Volkswagen, the Panamera's is a new derivation of the existing 4.8-liter V-8. It produces 300 horsepower. Apart from the new trim level, changes for 2011 are minimal.

Exterior
The Panamera's controversial profile and rear view are a lightning rod for criticism, though the style plays a part in the car's large backseat and versatile cargo hatch. The main visible distinction between the V-6 version and the two higher trim levels is a matte-black trim surrounding the side windows in place of chrome. Five-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels are standard, as are black brake calipers. The Panamera S has silver calipers, and the Turbo's are red. Nineteen- and 20-inch wheels are also available.

Interior
All of the Panamera's trim levels seat four. Power seats are standard, but the number of adjustments increases with the Turbo's sport seats, and further with a couple of different optional seats. The backseat comprises two roomy bucket seats with a flow-through console between them. Heated rear seats are available, as is keyless access. A dual-screen entertainment system is available for the backseat.

The Panamera's cargo area measures 15.7 cubic feet, but when you fold the backseat, there's 44.6 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
The Panamera's 3.6-liter V-6 generates 300 horsepower. The 4.8-liter V-8 in the Panamera S makes 400 hp, and the Panamera Turbo has 500 hp. All models employ a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. A Sport Chrono Package Plus adds a setting for sportier drivetrain and suspension settings, as well as a launch-control feature for faster sprints from a standing start. A standard Auto Stop Start feature turns off the engine when the Panamera comes to a complete stop. It starts again, seamlessly, when the driver lifts off the brake pedal.

Adaptive suspension firmness is optional in the base trim level and standard in the higher ones. Height-adjustable suspension is also optional.


Safety
The Panamera's front occupants get frontal, knee and seat-mounted side-impact airbags. There are also side-impact airbags for the rear seats, as well as curtain airbags to cover the side windows for both rows of seats. Antilock disc brakes and an electronic stability system with traction control are included.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
32 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(5.0)

Greatest car

by iPoorsha from Wi on December 3, 2018

Drove this for a couple of years. Never had an issue of any kind. The all wheel drive is excellent in Wisconsin winters and all the features of a luxury sedan and drives like a Porsche. Read full review

(5.0)

Wonderful car to drive

by Bjl from NJ on November 22, 2018

Great car but expensive if u do not have extended warranty. The car is a dream to drive in snow & it has 3 drive modes Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Porsche Panamera currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Porsche Panamera has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Porsche

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    8 years/100,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    111-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Panamera received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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