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.
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 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.
Until a girl who lives in my house says "Sweet, you brought home an SUV. Let's go to Ikea."
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.
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.
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 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 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 2, 2014
When I think of our 2015 Porsche Macan S, cargo space is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. Yet when it comes down to it, the cargo area of the Macan is surprisingly useful.