Impressive power and handling; high-quality interiors; fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid and diesel options; sports-car performance in an SUV
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
For 2016, the Cayenne lineup is made whole again with the return of the base, GTS and Turbo S trims. See the 2016 Porsche Cayenne models for sale near you
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. Find a Porsche Cayenne for sale
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.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
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.