2015 Porsche Macan: The Affordable Porsche
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.
The Macan S starts at $49,900, or $50,895 with destination. (A new base-level Macan priced below the S is also said to be debuting later on.) Sure, that's not cheap, and that price is without adding any options. But our Macan is pretty nicely equipped and ended up at $62,365. To get a Cayenne S you're looking at spending another 10 grand on top of that just to get in the door.
If you think about it, Porsche has come up with an impressively appealing combination. Here's a practical, family-friendly vehicle (by Porsche standards, anyway) with all-wheel drive, 340 horsepower, sleek styling and a high-class interior. It's a pretty impressive vehicle in its own right, and it just so happens to be the easiest way to join the Porsche family.
For many of us, buying the first Porsche in our life means buying a used Porsche. But the Macan will change the game.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,633miles