2013 Porsche Cayenne Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - December 10, 2012

The 2013 model year offers up seven different trim levels for the Cayenne: base, Diesel, S, S Hybrid, GTS, Turbo and Turbo S. Every 2013 Cayenne model comes standard with all-wheel drive to help it launch more predictably, and perform well in not-so-ideal weather conditions. The base Cayenne offers up the basic amenities that anyone would expect of a luxury SUV and relatively impressive performance. The Cayenne Diesel offers similar performance to the base, but a large increase in fuel economy. The Cayenne S starts off the true performance trims for the Cayenne lineup, by offering up a sub-6-second 0-to-60 time. The S Hybrid model adds a few mpg to the Cayenne S while maintaining a relatively quick 0-to-60 time. As you dive into the GTS, Turbo and Turbo S models, you are getting into true performance car territory in a crossover SUV, but you are also wading into a supercar-like price range.

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The performance SUV realm is still growing, as there was a long break between the elimination of the first performance SUV, the GMC Typhoon, and the release of the more recent renditions. Even with this segment still being in its infant stages, there is a handful of competition for the Cayenne to fend off. A key competitor to the Cayenne is the BMW X5, which features engines ranging from a 300-horsepower six-cylinder to a 555-horsepower, 4.4-liter V-8 and an array of premium standard features. The M-Class by Mercedes Benz is another worthy adversary of the Cayenne, with its high-end standard features and an engine line ranging from a 301-horsepower V-6 to a 518-horsepower, turbocharged V-8. Land Rover also gets in on the performance-SUV fun with its Range Rover Sport that features a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that ranges from 375 to 510 horsepower.

The Porsche Cayenne may have its fair share of worthy foes, but it certainly packs plenty of options and enough punch to make it a good option for a buyer seeking a performance-oriented SUV.

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