The 2017 Porsche Cayenne is a beautiful beast of a midsize luxury SUV ranking in as one of the top choices for its class.
The Cayenne was designed for those seeking the practicality of an SUV but want the performance of a sportscar with the refinement of a luxury vehicle. Porsche’s Cayenne succeeds on all these fronts—if it’s within your budget that is, because its base price will turn off many potential consumers.
It possesses class comparable MPG ratings and very good reliability ratings but its rivals have also snagged above average reliability which unfortunately doesn’t make the Cayenne stand out.
If you’re considering the Cayenne, you should definitely consider the higher trim options since that is where most of its most impressive features lie.
You will get the choice of six trim options: Cayenne, Platinum Edition, S, GTS, Turbo, and Turbo S. All models come with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Coming standard is a powerful 300-horsepower 3.6l V6 engine. Features that come in the base model include dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a 4.8-inch driver-information display, an infotainment system with 7-inch touch screen, a hard drive, navigation, one USB port, and Bluetooth.
The Cayenne\'s ride is firm yet absorptive of roadway imperfections and if you opt for the Turbo trim, you\'ll be able to adjust the Cayenne’s suspension to suit your driving preference which means you can opt for a smooth ride one minute and switch to a sportier setup the next.
Add on features are a 14-speaker Bose premium audio system, heated front seats, and front and rear parking sensors.
Both the Turbo and Turbo S trims employ a 4.8l V8 engine. The Turbo\'s engine produces 520 horsepower, and the Turbo S climbs to 570. These upgrades make the Cayenne handle closer to a sportscar than an SUV. Performance with the base engine is decent but not quite as exciting as with the upper trims. The S and GTS models are more fuel efficient and still possess plenty of power.
MPG ratings are 18/city and 24/highway for the base model.
Seating for the Cayenne is up to 5 and leather seats come standard. You will receive 23.6-cubic feet of cargo space which expands to 62.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The capacity drops to 60.2 cubic feet if you go with the Turbo or Turbo S model.
You are given the options for heated and ventilated front seats, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, and heated rear seats.
You’ll feel as if you’re seated in a throne with the authentic wood trim and fine leather with contrast stitching and anyone that graces the inside of your new Porsche will be green with envy. Whatever trim level you decide on, the rear-seat passengers will have the ability to recline and slide their seats back.
The touch screen is a touch small at 7-inches which could be a problem for some needs. Porsche has updated the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system interface to include smartphone-like gestures, making it very simple to use with some practice.
The Cayenne’s exterior is a mix of sporty and SUV; perfectly displaying its performance abilities. Porsche’s Macan is certainly the more sportscar reminiscent sister of the pair, but the Cayenne has significantly more interior space bringing the the exterior appearance down to personal preference.
Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have crash tested the 2017 Porsche Cayenne.
Although Cayenne comes with a plethora of advanced safety feature options, very few of them come standard. Some of the options include: lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.
With front and rear parking sensors, the Cayenne will notify you of obstacles while parking. The 360-degree camera system provides a camera feed of around your Porsche so you can see potential hazards no matter where they hide.
The Porsche Cayenne begins its pricing at $59,600. The highest trim options include the Turbo which will cost you $116,500, and the Turbo S which shoots all the way up to $159,600 making this far from an affordable SUV.
The value will depend greatly on how much importance you place on luxury and quality because the Cayenne does greatly deliver in those aspects.
J.D. Power and Associates has awarded Cayenne with a score of 4 out of 5 which brings it in as one of the top options for the midsize luxury class.
Porsche covers the Cayenne with a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty which is on par with its rivals warranties.
Porsche’s Cayenne is certainly a work of art that many cannot wait to get behind the wheel of. However, before deciding whether the Cayenne is the right choice for you, there are many factors to consider.
There ares few options in this category, and perhaps this is because manufacturers have chosen quality over quantity, a decision I’m sure consumers are very happy about. Where that leaves us is nit-picking the tiniest minute details to base our decision on when choosing a luxury midsize SUV.
There’s no denying Cayenne’s quality or performance, but it’s also not a perfect SUV for many who are looking for a more specific vehicle to fit their needs. The Cayenne has an impressive engine, admirable power, and exceptional quality craftsmanship making it an excellent choice for those who are focused on a sporty SUV with class comparable cargo space, and plenty of personalization available.