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2017 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $59,600
2017 Platinum Edition 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $65,600
2017 S 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $76,200
2017 GTS 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $97,200
2017 Turbo 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $116,500
2017 Turbo S 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $159,600

Overview

One of the few dedicated performance crossover models, the five-passenger Cayenne offers all-weather capability along with exhilarating 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. Cayennes come in a broad range of performance levels, with turbocharged V6 and V8 engines that range from 300 to 570 horsepower.

What's New for 2017

A new Platinum Edition model has joined the Cayenne lineup, with a sportier appearance that includes 20-inch RS Spyder wheels. All Cayenne models get the latest update of the Porsche Communication Management system. In the wake of the falsified-emissions scandal at Volkswagen, Porsche’s parent company, a diesel engine is no longer available.

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Choosing Your Porsche Cayenne

With the departure of the diesel engine, the base Cayenne engine is a 3.6-liter gasoline V6 that develops 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg in city driving and 24 mpg on the highway.

The Cayenne S steps way up to a 420-horsepower twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6, generating 406 pound-feet. Fuel economy is estimated at 17/24 mpg (city/highway). In the GTS edition, V6 output rises to 440 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, with a 16/23 mpg gas-mileage estimate.

Performance really takes off in the Turbo model, with its twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8 whipping up 520 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. So equipped, the Cayenne can hit 60 mph in as little as 4.1 seconds and reach a track speed of 173 mph. In top Turbo S trim, the V8's output increases to 570 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, shrinking the sprint to 60 mph to just 3.8 seconds.

An eight-speed automatic transmission mates with each engine.

Porsche’s sophisticated all-wheel-drive system includes two off-road modes and a locking rear differential. Cayennes can tow up to 7,716 pounds, which is a lot more than you’d expect from a performance crossover.

A separate trim level corresponds to each available engine:

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Cayenne

Starting at $59,600, the base Cayenne gets the 300-horsepower V6 engine and luxuries such as a navigation system, partial leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats, dual-zone climate control, a power liftgate, automatic rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio, SiriusXM satellite radio, and HD radio. Outside are 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, and LED running lights.

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Platinum Edition

Available for only a limited time, priced at $65,600, the new Platinum Edition comes with such special features as wider wheel arches, 20-inch RS Spyder wheels, bi-xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System, front/rear ParkAssist, and Bose surround-sound audio. Leather-upholstered sport seats contain Alcantara center panels.

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Cayenne S

Priced at $76,200, the S switches to the 420-horsepower twin-turbo V6, while adding a sunroof, driver’s memory, 19-inch wheels, speed-sensitive power steering, and front/rear parking sensors.

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Cayenne GTS

Raises the V6 output to 440 horsepower, adding 20-inch RS Spyder wheels, GTS sport seats with memory, and a load-leveling air suspension with adjustable height control, for a $97,200 starting price.

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Turbo

Reaching well into six figures, at $116,500, the Cayenne Turbo unleashes the fiery performance of the twin-turbo V8. Included are an adjustable self-leveling air suspension, adaptive LED headlights, LED taillights, an expanded leather interior with adaptive 18-way sport front seats, heated front/rear seats, rear side airbags, an Alcantara imitation-suede headliner, numerous smartphone and Internet apps, 19-inch wheels, and a 14-speaker, 665-watt Bose surround-sound system with satellite and HD radio.

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Turbo S

For $159,600, the Turbo S substitutes the 570-horsepower version of the V8, adding ceramic composite brakes and 21-inch wheels.

Available options range from high-end sound systems and rear-seat entertainment to sport exhaust systems, to such performance extras as Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus and ceramic composite brakes. Premium and Premium Plus option packages add various convenience features, such as front/rear parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors, and comfort lighting. Enthusiasts should appreciate the Sport Chrono package, which adds a Sport Plus driving mode with launch control, along with in-dash analog and digital stopwatches.

CarsDirect Tip

Because the price difference between most models is substantial, some careful thought is needed making a decision—which is made even harder with the many available options The Cayenne S is very competitively priced for a performance-luxury crossover of this capability. The V8-powered Turbo and Turbo S are emphatically more exclusive, and priced accordingly.

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The Cayenne contradicted the Porsche ethos when it first hit showrooms in 2003, but it’s now one of the brand’s top-selling models, its sales helping finance low-profit projects like the 918 Spyder. That said, it still runs counter the typical Porsche grain, as its base model leaves a lot of performance potential on the table in favor of providing a low-for-a-Porsche base price that more families can afford.

Pricing and Equipment

With a starting price of $60,650 (destination fees included), the Cayenne is pricey for a crossover but relatively affordable as a Porsche. Because the Cayenne caters to more mainstream buyers, the base model is likely the most popular trim. This crossover is well-equipped with premium features, like:

  • Eighteen-inch wheels
  • Xenon headlights
  • Heated, power-folding mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • Partial-leather upholstery
  • Ten-speaker stere

Including its four other trims and dozens of standalone options, there is plenty of customization available that can shoot the Cayenne’s price well over $150,000.

Performance Pros

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While the base model may be more of a mainstream luxury vehicle, the Cayenne’s higher trims quickly propel it into insane levels of performance.

  • Handling is superb in the S, GTS, Turbo, and Turbo S trims.
  • Above the base model's 300-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 the Cayenne’s engines are very Porsche-like. A twin-turbocharged, 3.6-liter V6 is available in either a 420- or 440-horsepower guise on the S and GTS, respectively, while the Turbo and Turbo S use a twin-turbo, 4.8-liter V8 – the former produces 520 hp while the latter pumps out 570 ponies.
  • Acceleration to 60 mph is incredible above the base model, ranging from 5.2 seconds in the Cayenne S to a wild 3.8 seconds in the Turbo S model.
  • The air suspension and anti-roll system make the Cayenne far more agile than most of its competitors.

Performance Cons

  • The base 3.6-liter V6 may disappointment the typical Porsche buyer with its very average 7.3-second 0-to-60 time.
  • From bottom to top, the Cayenne is one thirsty beast, ranging from 17 miles per gallon combined in the Turbo S to 20 mpg combined in the base trim.

Interior Pros

  • The range of customization is incredible, like all Porsche models.
  • The cabin relies on dozens of buttons within the driver’s reach instead of a complex array of menus on a touchscreen.
  • The Cayenne’s seats are supportive and comfortable, and they place the driver in a great position for optimal visibility.

Interior Cons

  • The button-heavy interface could be a little overwhelming at first (muscle memory does develop quickly, though).
  • Customization is an expensive proposition for some families, due to the numerous high-cost extras available.
  • For its size, the cabin feels smaller than it should, mostly due to its sloping roof.
  • The lack of a third row eliminates it from contention for larger families.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

For a larger crossover, the Porsche Cayenne’s handling with the right option boxes checked is far better than we could have ever expected. The air suspension, anti-roll system, and larger wheel options do a fantastic job keeping this 4,488-plus-pound crossover on its best behavior.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

While its base price is not bad for the badge it wears, the Cayenne quickly gets ridiculously expensive. This is especially true for buyers looking for true Porsche-like performance, as the lowest-cost model that offers this is the $77,250 S trim.

The Bottom Line

The Cayenne is a superb luxury vehicle in its base trim, but it’s not going to live up to the Porsche reputation without ponying up a lot more cash for higher and more powerful trims. However, buyers with a larger budget can unlock an unmatched level of performance in a larger crossover.

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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
18 / 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
18 / 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
Grille Moldings
Body-colored
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Powdercoated Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Black 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
Speakers
10 / 14 Brand / 16 Burmester
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Sport / Power Telescopic Tilt Sport
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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