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There are hybrids, and then there are Porsche hybrids. The Cayenne S Hybrid is powered by a supercharged 3-liter V6 engine with an attached electric motor. This combination produces a massive 380 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque, and manages to pull 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
These aren't great numbers for a hybrid -- the diesel-powered Cayenne actually produces better mileage -- but impressive nonetheless when you consider the amount of power this engine generates. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard.
The Cayenne's interior is designed like a sports car. The cabin features a center console loaded with a massive array of buttons that can be confusing at first. The touchscreen display is impressive, though. Wood and leather are of high quality throughout, and craftsmanship is second to none. Reclining rear seats are a wonderful addition. The Cayenne's cargo capacity is a bit small for a crossover SUV: 59.7 cubic feet.
Drivers won't be disappointed when sitting behind the wheel of a Cayenne Hybrid. The supercharged V6 engine is impressive. Acceleration is quick and responsive -- better, in fact, than its diesel and base V6 siblings.
Like all Porsches, the Hybrid shines on the road, whether on the open road or speeding into a turn, when body roll is remarkably limited. All-wheel drive sends power to the correct wheels at the correct time.
The Hybrid isn't cheap, and its sticker price quickly escalates with optional features. If you can afford it, however, the Cayenne Hybrid offers a thrilling driving experience, the ability to seat five, and a sense of class and luxury not found in more affordable crossovers.
Porsche's hybrid SUV come in one trim level: Cayenne Hybrid S. Among many standard features are: dual-zone automatic climate control; 14-way power front seats; power lumbar support; heated front and rear seats; adaptive bi-xenon headlights; LED running lights; front and rear foglamps; a power liftgate; 19-inch wheels; a heated power-adjustable steering wheel; faux suede headlining; a nagivation system; leather upholstery; Bluetooth; an auxiliary audio input jack; a 14-speaker Bose audio system with a satellite radio and surround sound; and enhanced speed-sensitive power steering.
Options abound and include: an active antiroll suspension; a heated windshield with noise-insulated privacy glass; a side-to-side vectoring rear differential; ceramic composite brakes; skid plates; running boards; a panoramic sunroof; a conventional sunroof; four-zone climate control; power rear sunshades; ventilated front seats; an extended leather interior; a rearview camera; keyless entry and ignition; adaptive cruise control; a blind spot warning system; and a 16-speaker Burmester audio system with surround sound.
all-around great driving experience with a comfortable and impressive interior, but not available as a hybrid
Sport designed exterior with advanced safety features and the best technology, but modest rear space and no Hybrid
Comfortable, high-quality interior with several engine options and a less enthusiastic driving experience
Power and fuel-efficient hybrid engine that's wrapped in a less attractive exterior package, for roughly the same money