2015 Porsche Macan: Faster Than That "Other" Porsche
June 5, 2015
Want to be a hit at an elementary school? Bring cool cars for show and tell. That's the lesson three Edmunds editors learned last week when we spoke to fourth- and fifth-grade classes during Career Day at Mayo Elementary School in Compton.
Of course, we brought cars, including the 2015 Porsche Macan S. Consumer Advice Editor Ron Montoya brought our 2014 BMW i3. Road Test Editor Mike Monticello brought (of course) the 2015 Ford Mustang GT.
I wasn't sure what kind of reaction the Macan would get. It is not a 911, although no one asked us why we hadn't brought a "real Porsche." It isn't a flashy kid magnet, like the Mustang. It isn't a toaster car with a breakfast tray dashboard, like the i3. But the kids flocked to the Macan, and at a purely unscientific glance, it seemed to draw more girls than boys. Clearly, Porsche marketers know what they're doing.
Here's a sampling of questions that the Mayo students had about the car:
"Why are there so many buttons?"
"Is it faster than that other Porsche? I think it's called the Porsche Camaro."
"How much does it cost?"
I asked the kids what they thought the car cost.
"Ten thousand dollars," one kid called out. I gave him the universal raise-that-price thumbs-up, and we made our way to 50K. Then another boy jumped the bidding, suggesting that maybe $100,000 was closer to the mark. After that, the news that we'd paid $62,365 didn't seem so shocking.
Truly, the Edmunds mini fleet was a bit hit at Mayo. Until these National Guard guys and their ride showed up.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 20,725 miles