2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo puts electric performance beneath a stylish wagon body. It comes standard with Porsche’s 83.7-kWh battery pack, two electric motors, all-wheel drive, and an air suspension that raises it 0.8-inch compared with the Taycan sedan. It will be the only electric wagon on sale in the U.S. when it hits dealership this summer. How could we resist jumping into Porsche’s configurator the moment it went live to spec the ultimate electric wagon?

Austin Irwin’s $104,880 2021 Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo

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The Porsche Taycan is spicy, and its $92,250 starting price is hot enough. My goal is to keep as close to that as possible without feeling like I’ve just ordered an EV from the kids’ menu.

The standard 469-hp two-motor powertrain with all-wheel drive is plenty and uses the same 83.7-kWh Performance Battery Plus as the Turbo S version. I’ve added the $1500 Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus and $3490 Porsche Surface Coated Brakes that add tungsten-carbide-coated rotors (like what’s on our long-term Porsche Cayenne).

The Cherry Metallic paint is an $800 option and I like that it’s the same color as cranberry sauce. The $4680 21-inch Cross Turismo Design wheels look too good to pass up, but I left them unpainted. Porsche will remove the “Taycan 4S” emblem for free, which is good because unless it says GT RS or Turbo, the emblem doesn’t matter. I also loved the idea of skipping ventilated seats, but adding the $1130 Thermally & Noise Insulated Glass. It’s like ordering Diet Coke with your cheeseburger, but the reduced road noise on an already quiet car is worth it. And the extra UV protection will come in handy when it’s parked outside the shed I’ve moved into in order to fit this into my budget.

The inside is almost entirely standard, beginning with 8-way power seats, surrounded by a partial leather cabin in black. Heated front and rear seats for $530 seemed more than worth it, but I skipped the $280 heated steering wheel because gloves exist.

Last but not least, I opted for the $500 Porsche Experience Delivery in Atlanta, GA. We took delivery of our long-term Porsche Cayenne here. The facility is a must-visit if you love racing history, old Porsches, and the delivery includes a 90-minute track session with a Porsche driving instructor in a similar Porsche vehicle. Plus, the food at the restaurant is good too. Get the steak, with an ice water.

Connor Hoffman’s $207,340 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo

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All Taycan Cross Turismos come with all-wheel drive and Porsche’s 83.7-kWh Performance Battery Plus, so why wouldn’t I get the 750-hp Turbo S? Money isn’t an object when you’re playing make believe, right?

Chalk is my favorite color on Porsches, so it’s an easy choice here. Picking wheels was tricky because there are six good options, but I’m going with the 21-inch Cross Turismo Design wheels painted in black and wrapped in all-season rubber since I live in the north. I might change my mind within the hour, but this side profile looks amazing. To match the inside with the outside, I selected black and chalk leather interior, although the Olea Club leather options are irresistible. I’m skipping the Off-Road Design package because I don’t like the way it looks.

I’ll get the $4940 technology package because the passenger display is sweet. To fit the sporty look I’m going for, I got the $1630 carbon fiber mirror caps. I’m also going to delete the “Taycan Turbo S” badge because I don’t need to brag, and I’m making the splitters gloss black. Because I’m going for performance, I’ll get active anti-roll bars and carbon ceramic brakes. Trying not to get too out of hand, I’ll add LED headlights in black for $580, Chalk seatbelts for $660, and a Porsche crest on the center console for $450. And now we’re over $200k. All in, I made it to $207,340 and there’s still more that could be tacked on.

Joey Capparella’s $109,510 2021 Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo

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Green over brown is my preferred color combination for wagons (or any car, really). How could I forget our dearly departed long-term VW Golf Alltrack? But the Taycan’s Mamba Green hue is too bright for my taste, so I went with the more subdued Mahogany Metallic for a brown-on-brown Porsche. The base Taycan 4 powertrain seems plenty quick enough for my needs but I did opt for the 20-inch Turbo-style wheels for appearance’s sake.

I thought I went light on the options while clicking through the Cross Turismo’s extras but I still managed to add more than $17,000 to my car’s sticker price. The little things really do add up, such as the painted Porsche crests on the wheel (an absolutely necessary add, for $190), the center rear seat to give my Taycan five-passenger capacity ($480), and driver-assistance features such as adaptive cruise control ($2050). The Truffle Brown Olea Club leather better be nice to live up to its steep $6570 sticker price. My Taycan ended up at $109,510.

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