Traffic was light. It was well after 10 p.m. and I was cutting a quick path from Palm Springs, California, to the coast, about a 125-mile run on I-10. I had just scanned the gauges of the 2018 Porsche Macan GTS to confirm my speed, 83 mph, when a highway patrolman turned on his Dodge Charger's pretty blue and red lights. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I never saw him coming. License, registration and a smile.
Officer Baricza was friendly, professional and compassionate. He complimented the Porsche, chastised me for excessive speed and sent me on my way without a written citation. True story. I drove the rest of the way home like a little old church lady.
Built in Germany, the Macan is the German automaker's smallest and most affordable SUV. Like the rest of Porsche’s highly praised lineup, it delivers a unique combination of style, luxury, and performance. And it’s one of our favorites in the extremely hot compact luxury SUV class, where it competes against the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 and Alfa Romeo Stelvio.