2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test - Comfort

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2015 Porsche Macan: Rear Passenger Comfort Is Optional

May 13, 2015

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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.  

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2015 Porsche Macan: It's the Best

April 17, 2015

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan: To Utah and Back

April 3, 2015

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Elevated Intimacy

March 12, 2015

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Properly Balanced

February 20, 2015

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When we got our 2015 Porsche Macan S back from Stokes Tire Repair, they had balanced all of the tires to the recommended spec.

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.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Just How Useful Is It With a Rear-Facing Infant Car Seat?

December 1, 2014

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Road Trip Hero

October 31, 2014

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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.

Last week I had business at Google just south of San Fran and some Edmunds internal business in downtown San Diego. So I fired up our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S and hit the road.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Hidden Heated Steering Wheel Button

October 29, 2014

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Abnormal Seat Height

October 22, 2014

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan: I May Have Sold One

October 1, 2014

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Boomers Thinking Small

September 26, 2014

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Back Seats Are Tight

August 6, 2014

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Our 2015 Porsche Macan S is good at many things. Transporting adults in the back seat is not one of them.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Suits Me Fine

July 29, 2014

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: What Makes the Seats So Good

July 17, 2014

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My esteemed colleague Mr. Hellwig commented on the seats in our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S. He reckons they're tops in our fleet.

He's onto something, too. The Macan's seats are indeed stunningly good. But why?

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2015 Porsche Macan: The Right Tire Pressure

July 09, 2014

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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...

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Awesome Seats

June 25, 2014

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Excellent Suspension Tuning

June 24, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan S

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.

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