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2016 Porsche Cayenne

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2016 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $58,300
2016 Diesel 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $62,300
2016 S 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $74,800
2016 GTS 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $95,500
2016 Turbo 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $114,700
2016 Turbo S 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $157,300

Overview

One of the few dedicated performance crossovers, the five-passenger Cayenne offers all-weather capability along with thrilling handling and potent acceleration on dry pavement. The uninitiated will be amazed at how well a vehicle with four doors and cargo space can deliver genuine sports car excitement.

What's New for 2016

All models receive new nose and tail treatments, and the Turbo S returns with even more power.

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Choosing Your Porsche Cayenne

With the departure of the non-turbo V6 engine, the 3-liter turbo-diesel V6 becomes the Cayenne's new base engine. It's good for 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, and achieves 23 mpg in combined driving. The available turbocharged 3.6-liter produces the same amount of torque, but horsepower leaps to 420.

Performance really takes off with the optional twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8, which lays down 520 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. So equipped, the Cayenne hits 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and tops out at 176 mph. In top Turbo S trim, the V8's output increases to 570 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, and the sprint to 60 mph shrinks to just 3.8 seconds.

An eight-speed automatic transmission is used with all engines.

With the diesel, you get a single-mode all-wheel drive system. The other engines are paired with a more sophisticated setup that includes two off-road modes and a locking rear differential. All Cayennes can tow up to 7,716 pounds, a good deal more than you would expect from a performance crossover.

There's a separate trim level for each available engine:

Porsche Cayenne

Diesel

Gets the turbo-diesel engine and luxuries such as a navigation system, leather upholstery, a power liftgate, automatic wipers, a heated steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio, and a 10-speaker sound system with HD radio. Outside are 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlamps, and LED running lights and taillamps.

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S

Adds the V6 turbo, plus a sunroof, driver memory, 19-inch wheels, speed-sensitive power steering, and front and rear parking sensors.

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Turbo

Provides the scorching performance of the twin-turbo V8, along with an adjustable air suspension, adaptive LED headlamps and LED fog lamps, an expanded leather interior with sport seats for all outboard passengers and a faux suede headliner, numerous smartphone and Internet apps, and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system with satellite and HD radio.

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Turbo S

Adds the 570-horsepower version of the V8, plus composite ceramic brakes and standard 21-inch wheels.

The Turbo and Turbo S's sound system and apps can be added to the lesser models with the optional Infotainment package. Available on all models, the Premium package adds several features (if they're not already standard), including 14-way heated and ventilated front seats with memory, extended LED accent lighting, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, auto-dimming mirrors, front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. The Diesel gets a single-panel sunroof with this package, while the others upgrade to a panoramic one.

The Premium Plus package throws in even more goodies (again, if not standard), including adaptive LED headlamps, keyless access and ignition, heated rear seats, power rear sunshades and blind spot monitoring. Enthusiasts will like the Sport Chrono package, which adds a Sport Plus driving mode with launch control and in-dash analog and digital stopwatches.

CarsDirect Tip

The Diesel and S are very competitively priced for performance-luxury crossovers of this capability. The V8-powered Turbo and Turbo S are altogether more exclusive and priced accordingly.

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: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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While many crossovers are rewarding to drive, very few take performance as seriously as the Cayenne. Even though it seats five in undisputed luxury, most buyers choose the Cayenne for its thrilling road manners and roster of powerful engines.

Equipment & Pricing

There's a separate trim level for each of the Cayenne's available engines:

  • Priced from $58,300, the Base model carries a 300-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. Standard equipment includes everything you would expect in a prestige crossover like a power tailgate, a heated steering wheel, navigation, a panoramic sunroof and a 10-speaker sound system with HD radio.
  • The $74,800 S gets a twin-turbo version of the V6 that produces 420 horsepower. You also get standard 19-inch wheels, speed-sensitive power steering and front and rear parking sensors.
  • The S E-Hybrid ($77,200) is powered by a supercharged 3-liter V6 and an electric motor that together develop 416 horsepower. The hybrid system features plug-in technology that allows it to run on electricity alone for the first 20 miles.
  • Buyers in search of more power can step up to the GTS for $95,550. The GTS carries a massaged version of the V6 turbo that achieves 440 horsepower, plus upgraded exhaust and suspension systems.
  • The Cayenne Turbo ($114,700) receives a turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 with 520 horsepower on tap. Other upgrades include and an adjustable air suspension, front and rear sport seats and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system.
  • The performance star of the line, the $157,300 Turbo S is blessed with a 570-horsepower version of the V8 turbo.

Many of the comfort and convenience features found on the Turbo models are optional elsewhere in the line. All models except the S E-Hybrid are eligible for a Sport Chrono package with launch control, a Sport Plus driving mode, and built-in stopwatches.

Performance Pros

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Every Cayenne comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with a terrain selector.

Performance highlights include:

  • Steering/Handling: The Cayenne might not be as nimble as the brand's two-seaters, but it comes commendably close. Few crossovers can hold the road and indulge your sporty side as convincingly as the Cayenne.
  • Acceleration: The Turbos are astonishingly fast. The regular Turbo hits 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, while the Turbo S does it in just 3.8 seconds. It's hard to believe that these times apply to a five-passenger crossover with all-wheel drive.
  • Fuel Efficiency: The S E-Hybrid delivers 22 mpg in combined city and highway driving when operating in hybrid mode. But remember that your first 20 miles or so are gas free (if you use the plug-in function), so you could do significantly better depending on your driving habits.

Performance Cons

  • Models equipped with the base V6 go from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. That might be fine for some other luxury crossover, but it's disappointing for a Porsche-branded vehicle.
  • We found the standard suspension setup too harsh for comfortable long-distance travel. You'll have to add the adjustable air suspension (standard on Turbos) to achieve a relaxing ride.

Interior Pros

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  • The Cayenne's cockpit would look right at home in a sports coupe, and the front seats are relatively low. After a few miles of driving, it's easy to forget you're behind the wheel of a crossover.
  • The rear compartment is more passenger-friendly than you might expect in a performance crossover. The seat's slide and recline functions offer a good deal of travel, and legroom is generous. The standard panoramic sunroof lends an open feel.

Interior Cons

  • With the rear seat in use, you're limited to 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space. That's slim pickens for a midsize crossover.
  • The seat doesn't fold completely flat, which means some cargo must rest at a precarious angle.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The Cayenne can tow up to 7,716 pounds, which puts it in league with truck-based SUVs that handle like barges by comparison.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Options are numerous and on the pricey side. It's easy to add $10,000 or more to the price with trim upgrades alone.

The Bottom Line

The Cayenne is proof that Porsche can build something besides sports cars without tarnishing its performance legacy.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 300 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 24 / 21 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 300 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 24 / 21 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
26.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$101
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
62.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
191.1 "
Exterior Width
78.7 "
Exterior Height
67.4 "
Front Headroom
39.6 "
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
58.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,488 Lbs.
Wheel Base
114 "
Turning Radius
19.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Silver Aluminum / 21.0 " Silver Aluminum / 21.0 " Painted Aluminum / 21.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 21.0 " Black Aluminum / 21.0 " Body-colored Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front Body-colored With Stainless Steel Insert / Body-colored With Stainless Steel Insert
Grille Moldings
Body-colored
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Powdercoated Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center / Center With Pass-thru And Skibag
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
10 / 16 Brand / 14 Bose
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style / Power Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
5 / 6
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Parkassist Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
24 Months / Unlimited Miles

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