The Best Porsche? - 2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test

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imageThe Best Porsche? - 2015 Porsche Macan S Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.com editor James Riswick argues that the 2015 Porsche Macan is the best four-door Porsche.

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  • mercedesfanmercedesfan Member Posts: 365
    I agree that the Macan is the best of the non-sports car Porsches. I've had one as a loaner a few times and always enjoy it. Still, I don't think the Macan feels like a true Porsche. In fact, it reminds me more of an Audi. The steering is much better than is typical for Audis, but the chassis has the same kind of efficiency-at-all-costs, uninvolving quality that Quattro vehicles have. The Macan is basically 100% neutral. It doesn't dance at all. It simply grips and goes. That is tremendously efficient, but also kind of boring. Porsches are supposed to be lively things that telegraph their mechanical happenings right to you. The Cayenne, Macan, and Panamera simply don't do that. I'm not saying Porsche shouldn't make them, but I wish they felt more Porsche and less Audi.
  • legacygtlegacygt Member Posts: 599
    I believe that a Macan is also and "SUV that Porsche took apart and reengineered using its parts bin and endlessly impressive mechanical wizardry" which helps explain the comment by mercedesfan above. I think what this post is really picking up on the fact that the Macan is the newest Porsche. I remember reviews of the Cayenne being amazed that an SUV could be so Porsche-like and then the same thing with the Panamera about how a big sedan could be so Porsche-like. The fact is that as time goes on, Porsche gets better and better at making non-sports cars more Porsche-like. (At the same time, they might be making their actual sports cars less Porsche-like.) I would expect the next full re-designs of the Cayenne and Panamera to be equally revolutionary.
  • jchen368jchen368 Member Posts: 10
    I've had my Macan S for 6 months, 6k+ miles. It's a great car! I've rented the Cayman and 911 several times for weekend trips, and I enjoy driving the Macan just as much. I test drove the Cayenne and Panamera, but they feel too bulky.

    The Macan is ideal balance of both worlds - a 4-door SUV sports car.
  • DLuDLu NHMember Posts: 94
    It's hard to find a better new/modern 5-passenger vehicle with this mix of build quality, sporty steering, and (especially Turbo) speed.
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