2015 Porsche Macan S: Hunting This New "Tiger"
June 19, 2014
Porsche says the 2015 Porsche Macan's name is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger, and "combines suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics — core characteristics of this new all-terrain car." Those are some lofty adjectives that are begging to be put to the test. I put on my imaginary pith helmet and started the hunt for this new species.
The Macan has only been on dealer lots for about two weeks, but there was a decent enough selection to choose from. The Macan S starts at around $50,000, but in the real world, the true base price is in the mid $50K range. As is the case with any Porsche, the options can get out of hand pretty quickly and you can end up in the high $70K range. Our goal was to find something in between.
Our "must have" option was the 20-inch Macan SportDesign wheels. This greatly narrowed the pool of candidates. The standard 19-inch wheels and the 21-inch 911Turbo Design wheels are far more common.
We found a white Macan at Rusnak Porsche in Thousand Oaks, California. It had the wheels we wanted and all the packages on our shopping list. A few extra options like carbon fiber interior and Bose audio came along for the ride, a common occurrence when shopping for cars in the wild. More on those in future posts.
Edmunds True Market Value showed that these cars were selling at MSRP and we paid exactly that. Our Macan had a sticker of $62,365. The out-the-door price was $68,921.
Robert Watkin, our sales representative, delivered the car to us on his day off. He even offered to buy the car back from us at the end of this long-term test. I may take him up on that offer in about 12 months.
Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor