2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test - Audio & Technology

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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: Blew A Fuse

April 29, 2015

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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.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Front Parking Sensors Freak Out Even in Reverse

April 21, 2015

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Allow me to present a scenario. You jump into the 2015 Porsche Macan S. It is, per a perfectly common scenario, parked in a busy lot head-first against a wall. You check behind you like a responsible driver, looking for cross-traffic or pedestrians. There's nothing, so you put the car in reverse and prepare to move, noting in the rearview camera that there is still nothing behind you.

And yet, the Macan starts beeping at you as if you're about to run over something. What in the world?

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2015 Porsche Macan: Here's The Future of Gauge-Integrated Displays

April 20, 2015

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Our 2015 Porsche Macan S, like Porsches in general, provides a glimpse at what we can expect from future tech interfaces. No, not a Boeing cockpit worth of center console buttons, but rather a configurable color display within the gauges than can do and show much of what the central touchscreen can.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: The "A Word"

April 15, 2015

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If you want to start an Internet flame war guaranteed to entertain on a rainy day, visit any music/home theater/car audio forum and start dropping the word "audiophile." Man, that word can get people fired up, at least the kind of people who nerd out to audio-quality obsessions and, equally, those that mock them. 

Start dropping the word "Bose" shortly thereafter and you'll have the kind of conflagration that drives people from their Malibu and Laguna canyon homes. In fact, I'm hoping to start one right here in this thread. I'm practically handing a lit match to our chief pyromaniac, fordson1, hoping his/her expertise in every facet of automotive manufacture, design and operation lights this puppy up like a crateful of Tijuana bottle rockets.

"Audiophile" is such a loaded word, drawing detractors and defenders, but what drives me bananas is seeing the word abused as a marketing term, such as it is in our 2015 Porsche Macan S.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: Infotainment Issues

November 21, 2014

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The last time I drove our 2015 Porsche Macan S, I ran through my usual regimen. Plug in the iPhone, adjust the seats and mirrors and go. A few minutes into my drive, I decided to pair my phone so I wouldn't have to text a friend while driving. No problem. A minute or two later I was yacking away with my brother from another mother. Once the call was over, I switched back to listen to the music on my iPhone. That's when the problem started.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Alarm Fixed

November 19, 2014

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Our 2015 Porsche Macan S has a neat feature. If you leave it parked and locked, the alarm will randomly, frequently go off. For a long time. For no reason at all.

You know this, though. Dan told you so back in August when we took it to Beverly Hills Porsche to be told that it was a known problem, and that Porsche didn't have the new part yet.

We got the call last week that the new motion sensor was in stock.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Bad Bluetooth Behavior

November 13, 2014

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I like a lot of things about our 2015 Porsche Macan S but the way it deals with Bluetooth streaming audio is not one of them.

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2015 Porsche Macan: No Podcast Menu

October 2, 2014

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Finding a podcast using a car's iPod/iPhone interface is just about impossible when there isn't a dedicated podcast menu within the interface. The artist is usually something like Immediate Media LLC or Sportsnet 590 the Fan, while the track tends to be something like "Prime Time Sports - September 19, 2014 6 p.m." that is too long to fit and you just see a long, indistinguishable list of multiple "Prime Time Sports ? Se ..." And even if you knew exactly what those names were, it's a royal pain to rifle through hundreds of tracks or artists to find them. Sometimes podcast will be a genre, but that too is annoying.

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2015 Porsche Macan: Mirror Dip Tip

September 25, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan

In addition to having a backup camera for parallel parking, I like the vehicle setting that lets a driver dip the passenger side mirror to see her position in relation to the curb. It was not immediately obvious to me how to achieve the mirror dip in our 2015 Porsche Macan S

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2015 Porsche Macan: Checking the Oil

September 5, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan

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.

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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: Security System False Alarm

August 21, 2014

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The above photo does not represent the actual incident. It is a clever recreation of events made possible by an advanced forensic technique that involved switching on our 2015 Porsche Macan's parking lights.

Now imagine them flashing. Imagine a piercing high-pitch alarm oscillating up and down. And then imagine yourself sprawled out on the couch watching a fairly loud action movie on TV at 8:30 p.m.

"Is that...?"

*mute*

"Yes, it is. Where are the keys?"

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2015 Porsche Macan: How All Thumb Wheels Should Operate

August 19, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan

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.

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2015 Porsche Macan: How All Navigation Systems Should Behave

August 18, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan

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.

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2015 Porsche Macan S: So Many Buttons!

June 26, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan S

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.

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