The Porsche Panamera rode into a new calendar year and the 2018 model year redone from the ground up. Porsche AG may have its flagship Porsche 911 to please the purists, and the Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Macan SUVs to run up its sales totals, but the new generation Porsche Panamera reminds Boston area car buyers who shop Porsche Nashua that building a sedan isn’t an implicit surrender to boredom. We aren’t the only ones taking notice.

This time of year is when the automotive press looks back on the last several months to pick the best cars of 2017. The 2018 Porsche Panamera is making waves — and making those lists. First up is Business Insider, which awarded the Porsche Panamera its 2017 Car of the Year. Explaining the honor, writers Matthew DeBord and Benjamin Zhang say that the Porsche Panamera “looks good, feels good, sounds good. As with all great machines, the thrill is a combination of the visceral and the cerebral.”

Over at MotorTrend, where the finalists have been picked but the winner hasn’t yet been announced, the 2018 Porsche Panamera is a 2018 Car of the Year finalist. Writer Angus MacKenzie explains that the Porsche Panamera “looks like a four-door sports car. It drives like one, too. But the real genius of the Panamera is it’s also a practical limousine when you need it to be.”

The Porsche Panamera earns high marks for the same reason that the rest of the new Porsche lineup raises pulse rates and earns praise. There’s the agile handling, the rich engine sound, excellent standard and available technology, and a richly appointed interior.

Realistically speaking, you can’t go wrong with anything in the new Porsche lineup. But if you think small sports cars when you think of the Porsche brand, it’s time to rethink your perception. With vehicles like the Porsche Macan and Porsche Panamera in the mix, you can enjoy your performance car and bring the family, too. Visit Porsche Nashua at 170 Main Dunstable Road today to find out more.