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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
August 6, 2014
Our 2015 Porsche Macan S is good at many things. Transporting adults in the back seat is not one of them.
July 29, 2014
The compact size of our new 2015 Porsche Macan S is perfect for me. At only 5'4" I find the Macan easy to get in and out. I was instantly comfortable in the driver seat, and all the controls are within easy reach. It's too early to tell, but this may be my new favorite long-term car in our current fleet, although I haven't driven the Jaguar F-Type yet.
July 17, 2014
He's onto something, too. The Macan's seats are indeed stunningly good. But why?
July 09, 2014
Remember our 2013 Porsche 911? Sure you do. It was silver, a convertible and the tire pressures were always out of whack. We've only had it a few days, but I'm thinking our 2015 Porsche Macan S is going to be the same way...
June 25, 2014
You expect great seats in a $50K SUV, but these aren't just great for an SUV, they're better than anything else in our current fleet.
June 24, 2014
Our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S has a firm ride, but it is very well-resolved. The chassis does not get upset by bumps, and it's never crashy or unduly stiff. Nor is its ride busy. The Macan is alert yet compliant. Simply put, its damping is just spot on.
There's no fancy multi-mode dampers or air suspension at play here on our base-spec'd Macan S, either. Just plain-jane twin tube jobs and steel springs and bars.
Suspension tuning, my friends. But that's not all.