2015 Porsche Macan
Porsche’s prices for the 2015 Macan unexpectedly appeared online, along with a car configurator, just a few days after it was unveiled at the 2013 L.A. auto show. But before we tell you what Porsche’s charging for its new compact Macan crossover, first equip yourself with the larger Cayenne’s base price ($50,595 with the 300-hp V-6 and a manual transmission, add $3K for the automatic) and forget everything you thought you knew about compact crossover prices. The Macan, which is available in two trim levels—the 340-hp S and the 400-hp Turbo—starts at a steep $51,095—$500 pricier than a base, shift-for-yourself Cayenne! The Macan Turbo is even dearer, commanding an almost absurd $73,495. That outlay eclipses the base prices of the Cayenne Diesel and S, and nudges to within $10,000 of the epic GTS model—before options. Speaking of, like Porsche’s other models—the Boxster/Cayman, Cayenne, and 911—the Macan can be optioned and personalized to the hilt, and all for a pretty penny. Playing around on the Macan’s online configurator, we priced out an S to an eye-watering $82,055, while still leaving some features on the table. Playing with imaginary money also netted us a $103,265 Macan Turbo that was pretty much maxed-out. Don’t forget that the Macan’s size-equivalent competition includes the BMW X3, the Range Rover Evoque, the Mercedes-Benz GLK, and the Lexus RX350, and even its platform-mate, the Audi Q5—all of which start at much less than $50,000 and none of which can be optioned much past $60,000 (even for models such as the SQ5). Anyway, in case you were wondering how we were able to tack on more than $30,000 in options to the S’s and the Turbo’s bottom lines, a few of the big-ticket items available for purchase include a panoramic roof ($1670), adaptive air suspension ($2745 for the S, $1385 for the Turbo), Sport Chrono package ($1290), leather interior ($3470 for the S, $2140 for the Turbo), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus ($1490), 21-inch wheels ($3300), Burmester sound system ($5690 for the S, $4290 for the Turbo), and the list goes on and on. Interestingly, some items available on the Turbo aren’t available on the S; examples include lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.Both the S and the Turbo boast relatively unremarkable standard-equipment lists, with the S bringing a power tailgate, bi-xenon headlights, 19-inch wheels, all-wheel drive, and partial leather seats. The Turbo adds bigger brakes, adaptive dampers, navigation, 14-speaker Bose sound system, dynamic headlights, an Alcantara headliner, leather seats, and 18-way power front sport seats—as well it should for over $70K. But it’s still baffling that on both Macans, heated front and rear seats and a backup camera are optional. We understand that Porsche is building the Macan to cater to the same utility-hungry and image-conscious buyers who buy the Cayenne in droves, and also that the spoils of this ploy supposedly help keep the lights on at Porsche. But with the Macan’s gluttonous pricing, Porsche perhaps is being a bit too obvious in its hunt for profits. We’re pretty sure experiencing the Macan from behind the wheel will be entertaining—after all, the Cayenne is quite fun to drive—but it sure is gonna cost you.