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2015 Porsche Macan: Fond Farewell, Friend

July 24, 2015

2015 Porsche Macan

The 2015 Porsche Macan S remained one of the most popular cars in our fleet until the end. Everyone wanted a piece of it. So much so that when it came time to sell the Macan, it stayed close to home, ending up in the garage of one of our Edmunds colleagues.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Sold, But Stays Close to Home

June 24, 2015

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Edmunds.com employees get first dibs to buy our long-term cars. To avoid any perception that we play favorites with employees, we offer the cars at a "no-haggle" Edmunds private-party True Market Value® price.

We offered our 2015 Porsche Macan S to employees for $49,411. It was in great condition and had just less than 21,000 miles on the odometer.

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2015 Porsche Macan: May Fuel Economy - Heavy Feet Keep Us Short of EPA Rating

June 12, 2015

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In May, our 2015 Porsche Macan S improved its average mpg slightly, and now stands at 17.3 mpg. That's up marginally over April's 17.1 mpg average. The real-world Macan falls short of the official EPA rating of 19 mpg combined, however. We racked up another 2,200 miles in May and passed the 20K milestone. And you know what that means - our baby SUV is going to a new family very soon.  

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Subtle Reminder of its Performance Roots

June 10, 2015

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The legacy of the Porsche 911 is everywhere, including the gas pump screen at our local fueling station. Most customers probably don't even notice the digital 911 that pops on the screen while you're pumping, but when you're in a Porsche, it's an interesting reminder of the power of the brand.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Faster Than That "Other" Porsche

June 5, 2015

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Hidden Battery Jump Start

May 20, 2015

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It was pushing 11:30 on Saturday night as I filled up our 2015 Porsche Macan near the end of a long road trip you'll read about later. A black, last-generation Toyota Camry sat quietly across the island as its driver walked back from the mini-mart after paying the clerk.

Soon after I heard a series of clicks, followed immediately by a muttered curse and a female voice imploring, "Sir, can you help me?"

I was more than a little road weary and just wanted to get home. But there was no one else around and, unlike me, she had jumper cables at the ready. "Sure," I said, figuring this shouldn't take long.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Mine Would Be Blue, Expensive

May 8, 2015

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I really like our 2015 Porsche Macan S. As in "configure-one-and-see-how-negatively-that-monthly-payment-would-affect-my-life" like it. The answer, as it turns out, is "very negative." But going through the process, I noticed that our long-termer isn't equipped the way I'd do it.

Here's how I'd have mine.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Center-Mounted Tachometer

April 9, 2015

2015 Porsche Macan S

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.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Carbon Fiber Steering Wheel

April 7, 2015

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan: 15,000 Miles

March 18, 2015

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Our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S passed the 15,000-mile mark while Scott was driving through Utah. More about his trip will be coming soon.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Rough Start/Stop System

February 27, 2015

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I'm surprised that the start/stop system in our 2015 Porsche Macan S isn't smoother, mostly because everything else in this performance SUV is excessively precise. From the sharp-shifting transmission to the buttons on the steering wheel, most everything works with a click or a snap.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Sports Car Steering Wheel

February 10, 2015

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Rear Visibility

February 5, 2015

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I was sitting in our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S adjusting everything the way I like before my drive home from the office.

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2015 Porsche Macan: 10,000 Miles

December 11, 2014

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This weekend our 2015 Porsche Macan S hit the 10,000-mile mark. Where was the Porsche when it eclipsed this notable milestone? It was stuck in traffic. Talk about an awful way to celebrate. So let's reflect on the first 10,000 miles...

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Styling Gets Better Over Time

December 2, 2014

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If you consider that there have been two generations of the midsize Cayenne, the 2015 Porsche Macan S represents Porsche designers' third attempt at styling an SUV. To my eyes, the Macan represents their biggest success, and it's all about the rear three-quarters angle.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Staggered Wheels And Tires

November 18, 2014

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Our 2015 Porsche Macan has wider tires out back than it does up front. The Macan's 295/40R20 rear tires are considerably wider than its 265/45R20 front rubber.

Traditionally, staggered fitment like this is the territory of sports cars where it's done to create balanced handling. And that, I'd wager, is the same reason Porsche has opted for such an arrangement.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Carefully Managed Airflow

November 11, 2014

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Digging around under the hood of our 2015 Porsche Macan S reveals some interesting and precise engineering. Even casual observation shows critical thought and heavy expenditure in an area that sometimes isn't given such effort. Here, it's Porsche's careful management of every bit of air flowing into the Macan's nose.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Launch Control Surprise

October 30, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan S

With a week behind the wheel I had the chance to make some interesting discoveries in our 2015 Porsche Macan S. Among those was the somewhat unsurprising verification that even this most practical and relatively inexpensive Porsche is, well, still a Porsche.

It occurred to me to see if the Macan has launch control at the perfect time. I was on a deserted road by myself. I switched Sport mode on, deactivated stability control, then stopped, wooded the brake, wooded the throttle and — lo and behold — the revs climbed unimpeded to 3,500 rpm and stopped.

So I released the brake.

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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: Functional Styling Subtleties

October 28, 2014

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So our 2015 Porsche Macan S has been sitting in my driveway for several days now which has given me plenty of opportunities to observe the subtle merits of its design. One of my favorites is also one of the least obvious.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Unique Hatch Release

October 27, 2014

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan: The Affordable Porsche

October 6, 2014

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan: I'd Buy One

September 24, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan

A small luxury crossover SUV isn't something that normally evokes a lot of passion. But our 2015 Porsche Macan S has quickly become one of my favorite vehicles in our long-term fleet.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Why You'll Want To Buy A Macan

September 16, 2014

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Porsche has taken its sweet time fielding a small crossover luxury SUV. BMW's been doing it since 2004 with its X3, for example. So what does the new 2015 Porsche Macan offer that nobody else has thought of so far? It seems to me that it's a sense of spirit and fun.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Impersonating a Cayenne?

September 3, 2014

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If you buy a 2015 Porsche Macan S expect to have this conversation. A lot.

"How do you like your Cayenne?"

"It's a Macan."

"A what?"

"A Macan."

"A Macan? I haven't heard of that. Thought it was a Cayenne. Do they still make the Cayenne"

"They do. This is new. It's smaller than the Cayenne."

"Cool lookin'. Looks like a Cayenne. Heck, I thought it was a Cayenne."

And kill me now.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Optional Lights

August 26, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan S

Because we upgraded our 2015 Porsche Macan S with the optional Premium package, it has adaptive headlights, or the Porsche Dynamic Lighting System as it's called.

It consists of bi-xenon lights that feature both dynamic and static cornering lights. The dynamic low beams swivel toward corners based on steering angle and vehicle speed while the static lights simply light up when the wheel is turned hard to one side or the other in tight quarters.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Performance Testing

August 20, 2014

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Only two months in, and the 2015 Porsche Macan S has asserted itself as one of the favorites in our long-term fleet. The reasons are numerous. It has perfect seats, a wonderful exhaust note, and power delivery so linear you'd swear the engine is naturally aspirated. It's a great car, to be sure, but "Is It a Porsche?" The last time we saw our old friend, The Question, was in 2010 when the Panamera launched, and before that the Cayenne. It's the same inquiry that has been asked of every new Porsche that isn't a 911.

So we sent Porsche's least expensive model through the usual battery of tests to see if we could answer The Question. Here's what we found:

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2015 Porsche Macan: Rhymes With...

August 15, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan

Bacon? No.

Sedan? No.

So, how do you pronounce it?

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2015 Porsche Macan: Oil Bottle Holster

August 14, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan

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.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: HOLD Feature

August 13, 2014

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I discovered the 'HOLD' function in our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S by accident. It was just another ordinary day in the soul-crushing, time-suck that is Los Angeles traffic and this neat little feature revealed itself to me. Designed to keep you from rolling backwards on an incline, it actually helped me keep my sanity during a gridlocked Friday afternoon commute.

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2015 Porsche Macan: A Sporty Spirit

July 23, 2014

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Porsche put the 2015 Macan's tachometer right in the driver's face just like in the 911 and its other sports cars.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: What Makes the Seats So Good

July 17, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan S

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 S: Doesn't Feel Turbocharged

July 02, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan S

Our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S doesn't feel turbocharged. The power delivery of its 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 is so linear and tractable that most people wouldn't know it was turbocharged from behind the wheel. It simply feels like a strong normally aspirated engine.

This is the product of a couple of different factors.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Heated Steering Wheel Button

July 01, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan S

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?

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Burly Exhaust Note

June 30, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan S

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.

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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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2015 Porsche Macan S: Get the Summer Tires

June 23, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan S

At the first opportunity, I bent our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S through a corner with some spirit. This is a Porsche, after all.

What I was rewarded with was less than inspiring.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Hunting This New "Tiger"

June 19, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan S

Porsche says the 2015 Porsche Macan's name is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger, and "combines suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics — core characteristics of this new all-terrain car." Those are some lofty adjectives that are begging to be put to the test. I put on my imaginary pith helmet and started the hunt for this new species.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Introduction

June 17, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan S

The 2015 Porsche Macan S is an all-new compact SUV from Porsche that promises sports car performance and SUV capability. We have 12 months to find out how well it does both.

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