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Porsche rolls out 2020 Macan GTS, a new option for buyers looking to spend $70k on a subcompact SUV

Porsche has introduced a new grade of the Macan, the GTS.

Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

If you raised your hand when the teacher asked, "Who wants to spend $70,000 on a subcompact semi-performance-focused SUV?" Porsche has a new model you'll be interested in.

The German automaker has rolled out the specs and features list for its forthcoming 2020 Porsche Macan GTS, a model that sits above the the Macan base model and Macan S but below the Macan Turbo in Porsche's lineup.

2020 Porsche Macan GTS The model rides on standard 20-inch wheels.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Priced from $71,300, it is priced perfectly within that grade walk. The Macan S starts at $59,400 and the Macan Turbo is $86,300.

Its specs and features list also puts the SUV snugly between the two. The Macan S is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, achieves 348 horsepower, and can get from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The top-tier Macan Turbo has a twin-turbo 2.-9-liter V6 under its hood that gets 434 horsepower and can get to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds with the Sport Chrono package. Porsche has given the Macan GTS the same engine as the Macan Turbo, but de-tuned it to get just 345 horsepower. It can still haul, getting off the line and to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

2020 Porsche Macan GTS At its back, the Macan GTS features similar features as the other Macan models, with black accents.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport and Porsche is offering this model with the equipment to give it sporty driving dynamics but deliver a comfortable ride for the SUV's occupants. The model comes standard with an adaptive air suspension, 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels, and cast iron brakes. Buyers can choose to upgrade to a Porsche Surface Coated Brake with tungsten carbide coating or the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake.

The SUV also comes with a standard sport exhaust system that allows its twin-turbo growl to shine.

2020 Porsche Macan GTS The interior design is similar to the other Macan models.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Its exterior is uniquely defined with new front and rear trim and striking side skirts. The front fascia has black accents and LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System. At the back are three-dimensional lights with an LED light bar and a black diffuser. Buyers can option the headlights in black with PDLS Plus.

The SUV's interior is mostly a carryover from the Macan S. It features high-quality materials like Alcantara leather and brushed aluminum. It has sport seats that are unique to the GTS trim level and feature eight-way adjustment as well as pronounced side bolsters. Options packages add red or white stitching and additional leather surfaces, a Bose surround sound system, and wireless device charging.

2020 Porsche Macan GTS Alcantara leather feutres on the car's interior.Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Park Assist including Surround View, a heated windshield, and an ionizer are also available.

The 2020 Porsche Macan GTS is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships this summer and feature an added $1,350 delivery charge.

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The Bronze Edition model builds on the XLE trim.


The Toyota Highlander entered its fourth generation for the 2020 model year, which brought sleek style, updated tech, and a premium-look interior. A new XSE trim joined the lineup for 2021, and for 2022, Toyota is adding a new hybrid-only Bronze Edition trim.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition adds useful features, such as a hands-free power

The new Bronze Edition Highlander builds on the XLE trim with:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Memory driver's seat with 10-way power adjustments
  • Hands-free power liftgate

Toyota notes that the Bronze Edition previews features that will show up with the greater 2022 Highlander release. Among them are the new Wind Chill Pearl color, which replaces Blizzard Pearl from the previous model, and height/tilt passenger seat adjustments.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Highlander is a supremely comfortable SUV with room for the family.Toyota

The Highlander carries on into 2022 with a standard 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. A Highlander Hybrid is available, which mates a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. Combined system output is 243 horsepower. With the V6 on board, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition is available for Highlander Hybrid models.Toyota

All 2022 Highlander models get Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, road sign assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, lane tracing assist, a sway warning system, and automatic high beams. Those features and the Highlander's excellent crash testing scores were good enough for the SUV to earn a Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Buying guide

How to buy a modified car: Three tips

This is a clean modified truck, but they don't all end up this way.

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Modified cars are a mixed bag. Sometimes, they're incredibly well built and better than the original, but too many times they're only partially finished or end up being rushed as their owners get late-project anxiety. Whatever the case, buying a modified car can be a stressful process if you haven't done your homework ahead of time. The good news is that you can get a good deal on a reasonably well sorted project or modified car, but you'll need to be careful. Looking at used Lexus LXs earlier today, it became clear that there are as many modified vehicles for sale as there are clean examples.

This LX got me thinking about the breakdown between buying a rig and building one. The modifications made by this Lexus' seller are almost exactly what I would do if I were building a light overlanding rig. What could go wrong? I'm still on the fence about the Lexus, but the three topics below will help you make the right decision on buying a modified car.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Even if the mods are well done, you'll want to have the vehicle inspected before you buy.Bring a Trailer

Understand your personal taste

I mentioned the LX470 and how the owner's updates were pretty close to what I'd do with the truck. That's an exception to the rule, because 90 percent of the time I walking away from a sales listing because of modifications, rather than the other way around. If you're hoping to find a tastefully modified car that matches your exact tastes, you could be waiting a while. If you're hoping to sell a modified car, the same is true in reverse. Finding a buyer for your extremely personalized project car may not be the easiest thing you've ever done.

2004 Lexus LX 470 It's a good idea to seek out vehicles in solid shape, regardless of mods.Bring a Trailer

Be aware of condition and quality

This Lexus looks to be well maintained and in good shape. It also doesn't hurt that the LX is one of the most reliable vehicles built by one of the world's most quality-conscious automakers. Even so, it's hard to know what you're getting with this, or any other, modified vehicle. There's a little rust in this image, but the lift kit, wheels, and bumper mods all look good. However, even if the truck looked brand-new, you'd want to get a pre-purchase inspection. An independent mechanic can tell you if there are potential issues that are unrelated to mods, and you'll want to be sure that any modifications are installed properly.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Some mods are more useful than others.Bring a Trailer

Keep an eye on the price

Most people are reasonable when it comes to selling their modified cars, but there are hundreds of "I know what I got" memes on the internet for a reason. Some sellers want to recover every penny of the money they spent customizing their cars. They're convinced that the mods drastically increased the car's value and can't understand why the customized car isn't as attractive to you as it is to them. Tread lightly and be careful not to insult the owner, but it's your job to work toward a reasonable, fair price.

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