Sizing Up the Porsche Cayenne Against Its Competitors

The Porsche Cayenne delivers track-level performance, transforming normal drives into the exciting. Making the Cayenne an excellent choice is its performance, handling, and stylistic options. Below is a closer look at how Porsche was able to create an SUV that delivers its compelling performance and how it measures up to others in its segment.

Performance

  • The true benchmark of any Porsche brand vehicle is its performance capabilities. Luckily, if you are in the market for an SUV that delivers an impressive punch of acceleration, the Cayenne is the right model for you. Equipped with a more than capable 3.6-liter V6 engine, it achieves the following performance stats:
    300-horsepower at 6,300 RPM
  • A maximum torque output of 295 lb-ft at 3,000 RPM
  • Top track speed of 142 mph–not that you’ll ever reach this (hopefully) but a good illustration of its power
  • It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds; when equipped with the Sport Chrono that time drops to 7.2 seconds
  • Fuel efficiency of 24 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city

How the Cayenne is able to achieve its breathtaking performance concerns its precise engineering. To demonstrate, Porsche engineers equipped the SUV’s engine with features like the Direct fuel injection, thermal management, and VarioCam Plus. Complementing the performance more is the SPORT button–this is perfect if you crave more responsive handling especially during cornering or accelerating. There’s also the auto start/stop function which conserves fuel when your SUV sits in an idled position.

Another feature helping the Cayenne generate its nimble handling and good fuel economy is the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission. This transmission is adaptable in that it conforms to your driving style to provide the responsive experience many SUVs lack. Moreover, the transmission reduces engine noise to deliver the quiet drives you crave.

These performance stats and features demonstrate the high amount of detail placed on delivering the best driving performance for you.

Handling

The Porsche Cayenne is able to deliver its nimble handling prowess thanks to the Porsche Traction Management system. This system consists of an all-wheel-drive system, this is a must if you live in areas with varying climate conditions such as icy or snowy weather, as it increases traction to provide reliable handling. In addition, the Porsche Traction Management system continually reads road conditions and adapts such as distributing the right level of torque to the front wheels during cornering to achieve stability and outstanding control.

Technology

Normally, when you think of a luxury SUV you think of a vehicle that houses the best technological features available. Well, the Porsche Cayenne doesn’t disappoint in this regard. It comes equipped with the Porsche Communication Management System. This system provides the following benefits:

  • Apple CarPlay capability
  • Navigation
  • Wireless internet access
  • Porsche Car Connect Feature

Touching on the Porsche Car Connect, this feature allows you to access the latest Porsche applications. These apps include service features such as real-time weather information and navigational tools.. Furthermore, with the Connect App Services, you can access your SUV remotely through a device like your smartphone or Apple Watch. This gives you the ability to send trip directions to your SUV, sync calendars and more.

How the Porsche Cayenne Measures Up

It’s apparent the Cayenne offers exceptional technological, handling and performance features. Is it the best option in its segment, however? Examining how the Cayenne measures up in the way of price, performance, and other metrics can help you determine if it’s the right fit for you. Using data from automotive research website AxleGeeks, here is a look at how the Cayenne does:

Price

The base model of the Porsche Cayenne starts from $59,600, which isn’t a bad deal for the 2017 midsize luxury SUV segment. To illustrate, the average price of a model in this class is $59,600, placing the Cayenne on par with its counterparts. There are less expensive offerings available like the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace, but it’s what you receive that matters as much as the sticker price.

Fuel Economy

Porsche engineers were able to craft an SUV that delivers excellent power and good fuel efficiency. The Cayenne achieves a combined efficiency of 21 mpg, giving it a small edge over its competitors’ average of 20 combined mpg. However, the Cayenne blows away its competition by delivering better fuel ranges in city and highway driving, where it goes 99 miles and 110 miles respectively further than other models in its segment. This equates to longer trips with fewer fill-ups, saving you money.

Power

The Cayenne delivers the type of power befitting of the Porsche brand. At the same time, it shares a segment with many powerhouse SUVs. Therefore, if you want maximum power from your SUV, the Cayenne’s 300-horsepower output, while great, is far from the best offering in its class. Then again when you consider some of the workhorses like the 2017 BMW X6 M (567-horsepower output) costs almost double the price of the base model Cayenne, you see the Cayenne is an incredible value for what it offers.

Interior Space

Luxury SUV buyers are no different in that you require an SUV with ample interior space for your passengers and gear. The Cayenne’s trunk space of 23.6 cubic feet is 4.10 cubic feet less than its counterparts average. However, it does make up for this deficiency in cargo room (62.9 cubic feet) where it holds a slight advantage over its competition’s average. Therefore, the Cayenne is standard for what you expect to receive in the way of interior space for its segment.

Our Verdict

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne is a marvel of engineering. Its handling, performance and technological capabilities make it one of the best midsize luxury SUVs to buy. While it isn’t the roomiest or generate the most power, what you will discover is it delivers tremendous value for the price.

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