The refreshed-for-2020 Porsche Macan is a pint-sized surprise — it’s actually Porsche’s best-selling car. Spoiler alert: It’s not a car. But this SUV is filled with quality and performance you’d be hard-pressed to find from any other automaker except Porsche. With its $75,000 as-tested price, it comes with some cool — and quirky — stuff you might want to know before buying.
If you’re planning to use your phone in the Macan — and chances are pretty good you are — you need to know that there are only USB-C outlets inside. There are two in the center storage console and two in the rear console for backseat passengers. Most iPhones still don’t use the USB-C connector, so you’ll need an adapter or a converter to do so. I learned the hard way when I left my house with 7% battery life, got in the car and … nowhere to charge my phone. I had to go and buy a little cigarette lighter adapter with a USB port. I honestly haven’t felt that helpless since the early 2000s when I was driving a box Caprice with a Kyocera phone and a broken cigarette lighter.
My solution got me juice, but I still couldn’t plug into the data ports — and that’s honestly OK, because the 2019 and 2020 Macan with its new touchscreen and multimedia system has wireless Apple CarPlay. I was able to stream Apple CarPlay even though I didn’t have a corded connection to the car. Wireless CarPlay still has limited availability industrywide; there are only a few carmakers offering it.
For more of my thoughts on the 2020 Porsche Macan that go beyond my brief battery nightmare, check out the full video below.
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