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May 20, 2015
It was pushing 11:30 on Saturday night as I filled up our 2015 Porsche Macan near the end of a long road trip you'll read about later. A black, last-generation Toyota Camry sat quietly across the island as its driver walked back from the mini-mart after paying the clerk.
Soon after I heard a series of clicks, followed immediately by a muttered curse and a female voice imploring, "Sir, can you help me?"
I was more than a little road weary and just wanted to get home. But there was no one else around and, unlike me, she had jumper cables at the ready. "Sure," I said, figuring this shouldn't take long.
May 13, 2015
According to my friend and Edmunds colleague Keith, the rear seat of our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S is a comfortable place. He rode back there on our way home from the OC Half Marathon and said that he was satisfied with the ride quality and seat comfort. He wondered aloud, though, why there weren't any climate control vents for rear seat passengers.
I wondered the same thing. Where on this $62,365 Porsche had they hidden the rear vents? It turns out that Porsche kept them on the options sheet for 2015.
May 8, 2015
I really like our 2015 Porsche Macan S. As in "configure-one-and-see-how-negatively-that-monthly-payment-would-affect-my-life" like it. The answer, as it turns out, is "very negative." But going through the process, I noticed that our long-termer isn't equipped the way I'd do it.
Here's how I'd have mine.
May 6, 2015
The 2015 Porsche Macan S doesn't have much time left in our long-term fleet, but that doesn't make it any less popular than it was the first day it showed up in our garage. During the month of April, the Macan blew a fuse, carried around some tires in the boot and added about 1,800 miles to the odometer.
April 29, 2015
Unless I'm specifically evaluating the wired functionality of phone/car marriage, I don't plug my iPhone into cars anymore. After two bricked phones (Corvette and Jag XF) while connected and a growing list of apps that don't work well while tethered (Amazon music, MLB At Bat), I just connect via Bluetooth and use a 12-volt adapter and cable to keep things juiced.
So there was a moment of panic when I loaded up the Sox/Orioles game on Friday, plugged in my 3.1A dual USB charger into the cigarette lighter/power port of our 2015 Porsche Macan S and the blue light didn't come on.
Baseball or battery? Tough choice.
April 23, 2015
For the last few months I've been underwater, prepping my 1976 Pontiac Trans Am for The Bandit Run, now just about a week away.
After rebuilding the air conditioning, going through the carburetor, installing taller gears, replacing the rear springs, addressing a rear main seal leak, replacing a few hoses, getting the front end aligned and putting new foam in the front seats, it was time for some new tires.
April 21, 2015
Allow me to present a scenario. You jump into the 2015 Porsche Macan S. It is, per a perfectly common scenario, parked in a busy lot head-first against a wall. You check behind you like a responsible driver, looking for cross-traffic or pedestrians. There's nothing, so you put the car in reverse and prepare to move, noting in the rearview camera that there is still nothing behind you.
And yet, the Macan starts beeping at you as if you're about to run over something. What in the world?
April 20, 2015
Our 2015 Porsche Macan S, like Porsches in general, provides a glimpse at what we can expect from future tech interfaces. No, not a Boeing cockpit worth of center console buttons, but rather a configurable color display within the gauges than can do and show much of what the central touchscreen can.
April 17, 2015
If you want a small luxury crossover and can afford a 2015 Porsche Macan, just go buy one. I'm serious. I think the Macan is that good.
April 15, 2015
If you want to start an Internet flame war guaranteed to entertain on a rainy day, visit any music/home theater/car audio forum and start dropping the word "audiophile." Man, that word can get people fired up, at least the kind of people who nerd out to audio-quality obsessions and, equally, those that mock them.
Start dropping the word "Bose" shortly thereafter and you'll have the kind of conflagration that drives people from their Malibu and Laguna canyon homes. In fact, I'm hoping to start one right here in this thread. I'm practically handing a lit match to our chief pyromaniac, fordson1, hoping his/her expertise in every facet of automotive manufacture, design and operation lights this puppy up like a crateful of Tijuana bottle rockets.
"Audiophile" is such a loaded word, drawing detractors and defenders, but what drives me bananas is seeing the word abused as a marketing term, such as it is in our 2015 Porsche Macan S.
April 10, 2015
It's not typical for our hard-driving Editor-in-Chief Scott Oldham to break any fuel economy records, but during his recent 1,400-mile round-trip from Los Angeles to Park City, Utah, Chief Oldham guided our 2015 Porsche Macan S to a new "best fill" record of 23.9 mpg.
That's 0.9 mpg better than the Macan's EPA highway fuel-economy rating.
April 9, 2015
That our 2015 Porsche Macan S utilizes a center-mounted tachometer speaks volumes about its purposeful design. Center-mounting the tach says "this is a priority." I've driven cars with sporting intent which place less emphasis on knowing engine speed. Fiat 500 Abarth, I'm talking to you.
April 7, 2015
Our 2015 Porsche Macan S includes the optional $615 heated carbon fiber steering wheel. I prefer leather. I don't want the control surface that I'm touching every second while driving to be rock-hard or slick. Carbon fiber is both.
April 3, 2015
There's a guy that lives in a modest white farmhouse about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. His house is visible from I-15, as it sits just a few hundred yards west of the interstate, and it's the absolute perfect backdrop for his ride.
Yes, his ride.
Sitting in front of this man's house was his car. His beautiful car. Parked under a tree. On the grass. Within spitting distance of his front door.
There sat a near perfect replica of Bo and Luke Duke's General Lee. An orange 1969 Dodge Charger artistically festooned with a "01" on each door and the now-controversial stars and bars on its roof. I could even make out the correct push bar on the nose and of course the classic Mopar's 15-inch black and silver Vector wheels.
I was in awe.
April 1, 2015
Our 2015 Porsche Macan S comes standard with all-wheel drive. Included is this gauge which shows torque-split in real time. It's constantly dancing around in ways that approximate how it's distributing torque to where grip is most needed.
That sending torque to the wheels with the most grip is an inarguable point. Whether you need to know what it's doing, or more philosophically whether you need to see it, is less clear.
March 18, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S passed the 15,000-mile mark while Scott was driving through Utah. More about his trip will be coming soon.
March 12, 2015
One of the nicest things about a Porsche 911 (such as our former long-termer) is sliding into its snug cabin. The seat pulls you in and hugs you tight. And off you go.
March 10, 2015
Is the 2015 Macan S the best Porsche? Well, the existence of the 911, Cayman, Boxster and their great many great variations would indicate otherwise. So too would the usually merry band of monogrammed polo shirt-wearing Porschephiles who would surely threaten my very existence should I be serious about answering my rhetorical question in the affirmative.
March 4, 2015
Our 2015 Porsche Macan S's fuel economy nudged ever so slightly up in February and we (or rather, I) managed to set a new mpg tank record. Unfortunately, neither is especially impressive.
February 27, 2015
I'm surprised that the start/stop system in our 2015 Porsche Macan S isn't smoother, mostly because everything else in this performance SUV is excessively precise. From the sharp-shifting transmission to the buttons on the steering wheel, most everything works with a click or a snap.
February 24, 2015
Loading the 2015 Porsche Macan S with miscellaneous stuff seems almost sacrilegious. But then, if Porsche didn't want you to use their vehicles for mundane tasks, why would they build a "low-priced" SUV?
February 23, 2015
My Giant XTC hard tail is a fairly big mountain bike. Confusingly, small Giant bicycles exist, but mine truly fits the name: it's an XL-sized frame and it rolls on 29-inch wheels. Despite its dimensional bigness, it fits in the back of our 2015 Porsche Macan, but only just.
February 20, 2015
Our Macan's TPMS measures the psi as the vehicle is moving. But unlike our long-term Mini Cooper it performs this action very quickly. It's complete by the time I get out of our parking garage. And if I leave the display on the instrument panel, it keeps adjusting on the fly.
February 17, 2015
Our 2015 Porsche Macan S isn't the biggest SUV on the block. Trading the size of the Cayenne for the extra maneuverability and fuel efficiency is generally a tradeoff I'm happy with and I generally like SUVs.
Until a girl who lives in my house sees it and says "Sweet, you brought home an SUV. Let's go to Ikea."
February 17, 2015
When I got into our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S in the morning, the TPMS went off immediately. It said the right rear tire was down 7 psi. I got out to look it over and found a large nail embedded in it.
February 10, 2015
Some of our staff members have expressed dislike for the carbon-fiber trim on the steering wheel in our 2015 Porsche Macan. I'm on the opposite side of that spectrum, and I'm not even a fan of carbon-fiber trim.
February 5, 2015
I was sitting in our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S adjusting everything the way I like before my drive home from the office.
February 4, 2015
Someone recently asked me what kind of mileage our 2015 Porsche Macan S gets. I didn't know offhand, but I told them it was probably around 20 mpg or so on a good day. I was close, but not entirely accurate.
January 21, 2015
I never drive our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S without first pushing the Sport button.
January 13, 2015
Old woody station wagons filled with surfboards are as large a part of Southern California culture and lifestyle as the palm tree, the traffic jam and the movie star.
But times change. L.A.'s rough-and-tumble Dogtown is now Silicon Beach and the surf wagon has evolved from big American classics to big buck European crossovers.
January 8, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S only covered about 1,500 miles during December. And it averaged 16.9 mpg for the month.
Oh yeah, this ain't no Prius.
December 29, 2014
As we mentioned in a previous post, our 2015 Porsche Macan S just hit 10,000 miles. That meant it was time to bring it to our local Porsche dealership for its first service. We also needed to exorcise the demons in the infotainment system and a parking sensor malfunction that Mike Magrath reported the day before we were set to take the car in. The sonar-based sensor, which sounds when the Macan approaches a mass at low speed, was triggering while passing slower vehicles on the freeway. We made an appointment for a Thursday at Beverly Hills Porsche and readied our wallet.
December 11, 2014
This weekend our 2015 Porsche Macan S hit the 10,000-mile mark. Where was the Porsche when it eclipsed this notable milestone? It was stuck in traffic. Talk about an awful way to celebrate. So let's reflect on the first 10,000 miles...See full article and comment.
December 3, 2014
In the picture above you can see some raindrops on our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S. We need rain badly in California and we're supposed to get a few days of it this week. Cross your fingers and your toes.
But November was sunny and dry as usual and we added 1,873 miles to the Macan's odometer during the month.
December 2, 2014
If you consider that there have been two generations of the midsize Cayenne, the 2015 Porsche Macan S represents Porsche designers' third attempt at styling an SUV. To my eyes, the Macan represents their biggest success, and it's all about the rear three-quarters angle.
December 1, 2014
Driving around in our 2015 Porsche Macan S by myself is quite enjoyable. But I am rarely by myself anymore. And so if I were planning to buy a Macan, I would care whether I could fit a rear-facing car seat in back and still sit in the front passenger seat in front of it.
Would the seat be better and safer in the center position? Yes. Undoubtedly. But by putting it in the outboard position, I've ensured that I still have a workable and comfortable driving position, which is also important. Plus, my daily driver is now a Mazda 5, which has no rear center position, so I'm used to having the seat on the side.
November 26, 2014
Sometimes I get too wrapped up in what a compact crossover SUV ought to have: a large backseat, a useful cargo bay, storage galore. But not every utility vehicle needs to be a Honda CR-V. Driving our 2015 Porsche Macan S makes that abundantly clear.
I don't know if there's anything useful at all about our long-term Macan, other than maybe its slightly elevated ride height and all-wheel-drive system, and I really don't care.
November 24, 2014
Our 2015 Porsche Macan S has some darned good basic seats. Like our old 911, they're supportive and firm like a nice orthopedic shoe. After a day on the road, your back actually feels better.
Still, these seats could be better, and now that I've experienced that, I can't go back...
November 21, 2014
The last time I drove our 2015 Porsche Macan S, I ran through my usual regimen. Plug in the iPhone, adjust the seats and mirrors and go. A few minutes into my drive, I decided to pair my phone so I wouldn't have to text a friend while driving. No problem. A minute or two later I was yacking away with my brother from another mother. Once the call was over, I switched back to listen to the music on my iPhone. That's when the problem started.
November 19, 2014
Our 2015 Porsche Macan S has a neat feature. If you leave it parked and locked, the alarm will randomly, frequently go off. For a long time. For no reason at all.
We got the call last week that the new motion sensor was in stock.
November 18, 2014
Our 2015 Porsche Macan has wider tires out back than it does up front. The Macan's 295/40R20 rear tires are considerably wider than its 265/45R20 front rubber.
Traditionally, staggered fitment like this is the territory of sports cars where it's done to create balanced handling. And that, I'd wager, is the same reason Porsche has opted for such an arrangement.
November 13, 2014
I like a lot of things about our 2015 Porsche Macan S but the way it deals with Bluetooth streaming audio is not one of them.
November 11, 2014
Digging around under the hood of our 2015 Porsche Macan S reveals some interesting and precise engineering. Even casual observation shows critical thought and heavy expenditure in an area that sometimes isn't given such effort. Here, it's Porsche's careful management of every bit of air flowing into the Macan's nose.
November 7, 2014
The fact that Porsche stuck with its tried and true instrument panel setup that puts the tachometer front and center is great, but I would have been satisfied with analog gauges regardless of where the tachometer was placed.
November 5, 2014
We added another 1,600 miles or so on our 2015 Porsche Macan S in October. A couple of short road trips boosted the overall mileage slightly, while our around-town driving made sure it didn't move the numbers too far out of the norm.
October 31, 2014
I have a rule: I don't fly to San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix or Las Vegas. I drive. From Edmunds HQ in Santa Monica these drives range from a couple of hours to SD to up to seven hours to get to Frisco or Phoenix. Vegas is about five.
October 30, 2014
With a week behind the wheel I had the chance to make some interesting discoveries in our 2015 Porsche Macan S. Among those was the somewhat unsurprising verification that even this most practical and relatively inexpensive Porsche is, well, still a Porsche.
It occurred to me to see if the Macan has launch control at the perfect time. I was on a deserted road by myself. I switched Sport mode on, deactivated stability control, then stopped, wooded the brake, wooded the throttle and — lo and behold — the revs climbed unimpeded to 3,500 rpm and stopped.
So I released the brake.
October 29, 2014
Yes, our 2015 Porsche Macan S has a heated steering wheel. You'll likely not discover it by looking for a button, however. The button to activate it is hidden behind and between the steering wheel's center spokes. I accidentally bumped it with a finger when wheeling through a parking lot.
October 28, 2014
So our 2015 Porsche Macan S has been sitting in my driveway for several days now which has given me plenty of opportunities to observe the subtle merits of its design. One of my favorites is also one of the least obvious.
October 27, 2014
I drove our 2015 Porsche Macan S for the first time this week. The first time I tried to open the Macan's hatch I was baffled by the lack of a traditional release so I resorted to the remote release on the key fob.
October 22, 2014
If you're used to climbing into different sorts of cars, there's a muscle memory that develops. You expect a certain ratio of step-in height to seat height. SUV's, even smaller crossovers, have an elevated step-in height and then an elevated seat height as well. Cars have a lower step-in height and then fall into the seat. Essentially it's up and up, versus down and down.
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."
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