October 16, 2014
Our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S, didn't cover many miles during the month of September. Only about 1,300. But its lifetime fuel economy continues to improve.
October 15, 2014
San Bernardino, California has three claims to fame. One: It is the location of the very first McDonald's. Two: It is the location of the very first Taco Bell. And three: It is my wife's hometown.
San Berdoo was also my destination as I jumped in our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S last Thursday morning. I had already punched my destination into the crossover's navigation system and had hit the freeway for what I hoped would be an uneventful 72-mile drive due east.
The Porsche had other ideas.
October 14, 2014
I've driven plenty of Porsches with the dual clutch "PDK" transmission before. They all felt and drove great, but in the 2015 Porsche Macan S the PDK feels nearly perfect.
October 6, 2014
Porsche's online configurator is one of my favorite ways to live vicariously on the Internet. Here I can happily build my perfect dream Porsche 911 with all the little options I desire (leather-upholstered air vent slats? Sure, why not!). But then I click the Summary button and see my final, real-world dollar tally. Gack! I think I've just built Larry Ellison's Porsche.
But along comes the 2015 Porsche Macan. In comparison to the Porsche mainstays, it's within the realm of affordability. A bargain Porsche, you might say.
October 2, 2014
Finding a podcast using a car's iPod/iPhone interface is just about impossible when there isn't a dedicated podcast menu within the interface. The artist is usually something like Immediate Media LLC or Sportsnet 590 the Fan, while the track tends to be something like "Prime Time Sports - September 19, 2014 6 p.m." that is too long to fit and you just see a long, indistinguishable list of multiple "Prime Time Sports ? Se ..." And even if you knew exactly what those names were, it's a royal pain to rifle through hundreds of tracks or artists to find them. Sometimes podcast will be a genre, but that too is annoying.
October 1, 2014
Carroll is spot on in her assessment of the new 2015 Porsche Macan S. It was parked in my driveway this weekend when my neighbor walked over to check it out. He owns a pickup, a 911, and his wife currently drives a Volvo SUV. He wants to switch her into the new Macan, knowing that its compact size will appeal to her and the Porsche-ness will appeal to him.
September 29, 2014
We paid $615 to get the sport steering wheel on our 2015 Porsche Macan S. I like all the in-wheel features, even the stubby little paddle shifters. What I don't like is the carbon fiber. Yes, a wheel should slide through your hands, but a little resistance is preferable to sheer slither. That's how the carbon fiber feels to me.
September 26, 2014
Edmunds.com analysts have just published some interesting stats about the compact SUV segment. It's exactly this part of the market that Porsche was keen to enter when it brought the 2015 Porsche Macan S to market.
September 25, 2014
In addition to having a backup camera for parallel parking, I like the vehicle setting that lets a driver dip the passenger side mirror to see her position in relation to the curb. It was not immediately obvious to me how to achieve the mirror dip in our 2015 Porsche Macan S
September 24, 2014
A small luxury crossover SUV isn't something that normally evokes a lot of passion. But our 2015 Porsche Macan S has quickly become one of my favorite vehicles in our long-term fleet.
September 22, 2014
There's a saying around the Edmunds office that when a car is fast it can really "haul the mail." Our 2015 Porsche Macan is pretty good at that. But when it comes time to just haul your stuff, it's not quite as impressive.
September 17, 2014
Once my cheap Ikea ottoman fit inside our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S it was time to get serious. I turned to my two young daughters, "Kids," I said with authority, "Go get The Bench."
September 16, 2014
Porsche has taken its sweet time fielding a small crossover luxury SUV. BMW's been doing it since 2004 with its X3, for example. So what does the new 2015 Porsche Macan offer that nobody else has thought of so far? It seems to me that it's a sense of spirit and fun.
September 12, 2014
We've finished up the second month in our 2015 Porsche Macan S and I've run the numbers to get August's fuel economy details.
During that time we added more than 2,500 miles. It's also possible that some of our drivers were thinking of Goose and Maverick from Top Gun: "I feel the need, the need for speed!"
September 9, 2014
Moving furniture in our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S did not seem like a great idea. The Macan is small. With people in its front and rear seats it offers just 17.7 cubic feet of space thanks to its cool looking fastbackishly raked rear window.
Wrong. The ottoman fit like a glove.
September 5, 2014
More and more cars are dumping the tried-and-true dipstick, and our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S is one of them.
As is the case with all modern Porsches, there's no need to open the hood of a Macan to check its engine oil level. Instead, you just flick a few buttons from the driver seat and read the colorful graphic on the crossover's instrument cluster.
September 3, 2014
If you buy a 2015 Porsche Macan S expect to have this conversation. A lot.
"How do you like your Cayenne?"
"It's a Macan."
"A Macan? I haven't heard of that. Thought it was a Cayenne. Do they still make the Cayenne"
"They do. This is new. It's smaller than the Cayenne."
"Cool lookin'. Looks like a Cayenne. Heck, I thought it was a Cayenne."
And kill me now.
August 26, 2014
Because we upgraded our 2015 Porsche Macan S with the optional Premium package, it has adaptive headlights, or the Porsche Dynamic Lighting System as it's called.
It consists of bi-xenon lights that feature both dynamic and static cornering lights. The dynamic low beams swivel toward corners based on steering angle and vehicle speed while the static lights simply light up when the wheel is turned hard to one side or the other in tight quarters.
August 21, 2014
The above photo does not represent the actual incident. It is a clever recreation of events made possible by an advanced forensic technique that involved switching on our 2015 Porsche Macan's parking lights.
Now imagine them flashing. Imagine a piercing high-pitch alarm oscillating up and down. And then imagine yourself sprawled out on the couch watching a fairly loud action movie on TV at 8:30 p.m.
"Yes, it is. Where are the keys?"
August 20, 2014
Only two months in, and the 2015 Porsche Macan S has asserted itself as one of the favorites in our long-term fleet. The reasons are numerous. It has perfect seats, a wonderful exhaust note, and power delivery so linear you'd swear the engine is naturally aspirated. It's a great car, to be sure, but "Is It a Porsche?" The last time we saw our old friend, The Question, was in 2010 when the Panamera launched, and before that the Cayenne. It's the same inquiry that has been asked of every new Porsche that isn't a 911.
So we sent Porsche's least expensive model through the usual battery of tests to see if we could answer The Question. Here's what we found:
August 19, 2014
Steering wheel controls come in many shapes and sizes, and they seem to be influenced by styling and symmetry as much as anything else. I'm a big fan of the thumb wheel for volume control and for sorting through station presets and other lists. Our 2015 Porsche Macan does thumbwheels better than any other from recent memory.
August 18, 2014
Can you spot it? All navigation systems should do what the one in our 2015 Porsche Macan can do. In the past I've cursed other navigation systems for not doing this and have often wondered when someone would get a clue.
I'm not sure if Porsche is the first or not. This may have snuck in under my radar in a few isolated cases. You have to be following an actual route in an unfamiliar place to be in the proper mood to care about this issue. Or sitting in traffic trying to decide between your various options, as I am every morning and afternoon.
What am I going on about? Scan around the photo a few more seconds before clicking to the next page.
August 15, 2014
So, how do you pronounce it?
August 14, 2014
I had a friend that got rid of his Audi A4 because he hated having to top it off with oil.
"I shouldn't have to add oil to a new car!" he said.
I explained that this was normal consumption for the engine, but he wasn't having it. Perhaps he equated it with having an old car with a constant leak.
According to the owner's manual, the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine in our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S also requires an occasional oil top off.
Our Macan didn't need any oil at the time of this writing, but I wanted to point out the handy oil bottle holster in the cargo area.
August 13, 2014
I discovered the 'HOLD' function in our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S by accident. It was just another ordinary day in the soul-crushing, time-suck that is Los Angeles traffic and this neat little feature revealed itself to me. Designed to keep you from rolling backwards on an incline, it actually helped me keep my sanity during a gridlocked Friday afternoon commute.
August 12, 2014
We've talked about how much we like the burly exhaust note on our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S, but you can't really judge for yourself without some audio to accompany our description. So, here it is.
August 7, 2014
We've only had the 2015 Porsche Macan S in our long-term fleet for a few weeks, but it's been an enthusiastic few weeks apparently. With less than 1,800 miles on the odometer, we've yet to even break the EPA's city estimate of 17 mpg.