June 5, 2015
Want to be a hit at an elementary school? Bring cool cars for show and tell. That's the lesson three Edmunds editors learned last week when we spoke to fourth- and fifth-grade classes during Career Day at Mayo Elementary School in Compton.
Of course, we brought cars, including the 2015 Porsche Macan S. Consumer Advice Editor Ron Montoya brought our 2014 BMW i3. Road Test Editor Mike Monticello brought (of course) the 2015 Ford Mustang GT.
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 29, 2015
Unless I'm specifically evaluating the wired functionality of phone/car marriage, I don't plug my iPhone into cars anymore. After two bricked phones (Corvette and Jag XF) while connected and a growing list of apps that don't work well while tethered (Amazon music, MLB At Bat), I just connect via Bluetooth and use a 12-volt adapter and cable to keep things juiced.
So there was a moment of panic when I loaded up the Sox/Orioles game on Friday, plugged in my 3.1A dual USB charger into the cigarette lighter/power port of our 2015 Porsche Macan S and the blue light didn't come on.
Baseball or battery? Tough choice.
April 9, 2015
That our 2015 Porsche Macan S utilizes a center-mounted tachometer speaks volumes about its purposeful design. Center-mounting the tach says "this is a priority." I've driven cars with sporting intent which place less emphasis on knowing engine speed. Fiat 500 Abarth, I'm talking to you.
April 7, 2015
Our 2015 Porsche Macan S includes the optional $615 heated carbon fiber steering wheel. I prefer leather. I don't want the control surface that I'm touching every second while driving to be rock-hard or slick. Carbon fiber is both.
April 1, 2015
Our 2015 Porsche Macan S comes standard with all-wheel drive. Included is this gauge which shows torque-split in real time. It's constantly dancing around in ways that approximate how it's distributing torque to where grip is most needed.
That sending torque to the wheels with the most grip is a good thing is an inarguable point. Whether you need to know what it's doing, or more philosophically whether you need to see it, is less clear.
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."
February 10, 2015
Some of our staff members have expressed dislike for the carbon-fiber trim on the steering wheel in our 2015 Porsche Macan. I'm on the opposite side of that spectrum, and I'm not even a fan of carbon-fiber trim.
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.
November 24, 2014
Our 2015 Porsche Macan S has some darned good basic seats. Like our old 911, they're supportive and firm like a nice orthopedic shoe. After a day on the road, your back actually feels better.
Still, these seats could be better, and now that I've experienced that, I can't go back...
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 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 29, 2014
We paid $615 to get the sport steering wheel on our 2015 Porsche Macan S. I like all the in-wheel features, even the stubby little paddle shifters. What I don't like is the carbon fiber. Yes, a wheel should slide through your hands, but a little resistance is preferable to sheer slither. That's how the carbon fiber feels to me.
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 5, 2014
More and more cars are dumping the tried-and-true dipstick, and our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S is one of them.
As is the case with all modern Porsches, there's no need to open the hood of a Macan to check its engine oil level. Instead, you just flick a few buttons from the driver seat and read the colorful graphic on the crossover's instrument cluster.
August 19, 2014
Steering wheel controls come in many shapes and sizes, and they seem to be influenced by styling and symmetry as much as anything else. I'm a big fan of the thumb wheel for volume control and for sorting through station presets and other lists. Our 2015 Porsche Macan does thumbwheels better than any other from recent memory.
August 18, 2014
Can you spot it? All navigation systems should do what the one in our 2015 Porsche Macan can do. In the past I've cursed other navigation systems for not doing this and have often wondered when someone would get a clue.
I'm not sure if Porsche is the first or not. This may have snuck in under my radar in a few isolated cases. You have to be following an actual route in an unfamiliar place to be in the proper mood to care about this issue. Or sitting in traffic trying to decide between your various options, as I am every morning and afternoon.
What am I going on about? Scan around the photo a few more seconds before clicking to the next page.
August 14, 2014
I had a friend that got rid of his Audi A4 because he hated having to top it off with oil.
"I shouldn't have to add oil to a new car!" he said.
I explained that this was normal consumption for the engine, but he wasn't having it. Perhaps he equated it with having an old car with a constant leak.
According to the owner's manual, the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine in our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S also requires an occasional oil top off.
Our Macan didn't need any oil at the time of this writing, but I wanted to point out the handy oil bottle holster in the cargo area.
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 23, 2014
Porsche put the 2015 Macan's tachometer right in the driver's face just like in the 911 and its other sports cars.
July 01, 2014
The cluttered center console in our 2015 Porsche Macan S is a friendly reminder that Porsche loves loves LOVES buttons. There are myriad buttons in all shapes and sizes strewn about in a logic that I have yet to decipher. Our Monroney claims we have a "Heated Multifunction Sport Steering Wheel in Carbon Fiber ($615)," but where is the button to keep our hands warm when the temperature drops below 80 degrees?
June 30, 2014
After I fired up our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S within earshot of my friend Dave, he commented how surprisingly aggressive it sounded. He had been standing thirty feet away from it at the time.
I didn't know what he was talking about.
June 26, 2014
Is the 2015 Porsche Macan S a real Porsche? If you mean from a philosophical or dynamic perspective, I'll have to leave that answer to future entries and authors after more extensive drives. Yet, from the way the door feels when you open it, to the 911 gauges, the firmly snug seat and chunky sport steering wheel, there's no mistaking the Macan as hailing from anywhere other than Stuttgart's finest.
The most controversial Porsche element in place in the Macan, however, is the rising center console covered in oh-so-many buttons.