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Although many Porsche loyalists vowed they'd never set foot in an SUV wearing the legendary nameplate, it seems most have warmed to the idea. The 2016 Porsche Cayenne lives up to its performance heritage and sets the standard by which all other luxury performance SUVs are judged. An impressive 7-trim lineup for 2016 is punctuated by four engine choices, including a diesel and hybrid option. While each model offers varying trim treatments, the most significant difference lies under the hood. Performance clearly gets preference here, with even the base V6 model pumping out a respectable 300 horsepower.

What's New for 2016?

For 2016, the Cayenne lineup is made whole again with the return of the base, GTS and Turbo S trims.

What We Like

Impressive power and handling; high-quality interiors; fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid and diesel options; sports-car performance in an SUV

What We Don't

Extensive options list quickly escalates already elevated base price; offers practical but not as voluminous options as other SUVs; punishing fuel economy in high-powered gas versions

How Much?

$59,295-$230,000

Fuel Economy

All Cayenne models offer potent levels of performance compared to competitors, and their brawn is proportionate to their prices. An 8-speed Tiptronic automatic is standard on all models, as is a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. The base Cayenne features a 300-hp 3.6-liter V6 with 295 lb-ft of torque. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates for this model are 19 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The Cayenne S features a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6, good for 420 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates for the S are 17 mpg city/24 mpg hwy. The Diesel uses a 3.0-liter turbodiesel that pumps out 240 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque with an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city/29 mpg hwy.

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid's 416 hp helps it hit 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds, although it's the 435 lb-ft of torque that creates the satisfying, seat-squishing sensation when the right pedal is buried. Expect 22 mpg combined and 47 mpg equivalent in hybrid electric mode.

The GTS uses the same 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged engine found in the S but bumps output to 440 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates are 16 mpg city/23 mpg hwy.

The Turbo model's twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 elevates hp to 520 and 553 lb-ft of torque, with fuel economy estimates of 14 mpg city/21 mpg hwy. The Turbo S uses this same engine only, with output at 570 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates for the Turbo S are identical to the Turbo at 14 mpg city/21 mpg hwy.

Standard Features & Options

Porsche offers the Cayenne in seven trims: Base, Diesel, S, GTS, S E-Hybrid, Turbo and Turbo S.

The Cayenne ($59,295) comes with active all-wheel drive, an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers with heated washer nozzles, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power rear lift gate, 10-speaker audio with a 7-in touchscreen display, Bluetooth, fog lights, leather seating surfaces, 8-way power front seats and a refrigerated glove box.

The Cayenne Diesel ($63,295) features the same equipment as the base Cayenne.

The Cayenne S ($75,795) has a more powerful engine, plus 19-in wheels, a power sunroof and front and rear parking assist.

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid ($78,195) adds speed-sensitive power steering, Porsche Car Connect with a smartphone app, an adaptive suspension, an onboard charger and a hybrid readout display screen.

The Cayenne GTS ($96,495) gains a pneumatic air suspension, 20-in wheels, an upgraded suede and leather interior, performance brakes, an adjustable sport exhaust and 14-way power front seats.

The Cayenne Turbo ($115,695) features 14-way power front seats, LED headlights, an air suspension, 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio, a heated and power adjustable steering wheel, heated rear seats and 19-in wheels.

The Cayenne Turbo S ($158,295) adds such performance enhancements as Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), carbon-ceramic brakes and the Sport Chrono package.

Porsche has endowed the Cayenne with virtually every technological goodie available, but those creature comforts come at a price. For example, a Bose surround sound system adds $1,690, while a 1,000-watt Burmester setup runs $5,690; Porsche Car Connect costs $540, while a satellite-radio receiver requires $750; and expect to pay $2,890 for a rear-seat entertainment system.

When it comes to driving aids, the Cayenne can be ordered with adaptive cruise control, lane-change assist, an active air suspension and PDCC. Ceramic brakes add nearly $9,000 to the sticker price.

With the rear seats folded, the Cayenne offers 62.9 cu ft. of rear-storage volume, which is less expansive than some models in this segment, but then again, this SUV is more about the S than the U.

Safety

Porsche's Cayenne boasts crash-safety engineering that includes a chassis strategically reinforced with high-tensile steel, force limiters on the front seats and rollover detection that triggers seat-belt pretensioners and curtain airbags. Additional airbags are in front, passenger and driver's-knee locations. High-strength crossmembers protect the doors and bumpers.

Neither the government nor the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash-tested the Porsche Cayenne.

Behind the Wheel

Performance varies dramatically from model to model, but the entire 2016 Porsche Cayenne lineup boasts genre-defying performance capabilities. The diesel model feels brisk enough when summoned, but the S E-Hybrid's copious torque makes it the surprise performer of the bunch, especially when the shifter is clicked into S, sharpening throttle response and putting the transmission into a more aggressive mode of attack. The S E-Hybrid can also drive on electric-only mode at speeds up to 78 mph.

The GTS version ups the ante, but for truly awe-inspiring performance, the Turbo and Turbo S are the models of choice. Start/stop technology makes for serene red-light experiences, but Sport mode in this SUV transforms it into an aggressive, lurching beast. Similarly, the suspension can transform from floaty to stiff with the touch of a button, and its most aggressive handling modes make it so quick to turn that it becomes easy to forget you're in a hulking animal of an SUV.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 BMW X5 -- BMW's X5 trims range from the xDrive35i's turbocharged 6-cylinder to the X5 M's 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 that churns 567 hp. BMW's X5 offerings are more philosophically in line with Porsche's driver-focused Cayenne models than Audi's.

2016 Land Rover Range Rover -- The Range Rover offers luxury and attention to design detail comparable to the Porsche, but its considerably higher curb weight keeps it from competing head-to-head against Porsche in performance.

Used Porsche Cayenne Turbo S -- A 2011-2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S will give all the performance and features of a new Turbo, but due to its lackluster resale value, it will cost a lot less.

Autotrader's Advice

You'll have the best of both worlds in the satisfying yet reasonably economical plug-in S E-Hybrid. The number of boxes to check off on the options list depends on your bank balance.

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