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2009 Porsche Cayenne vs. Its Competition

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The BMW X5 boasts some degree of off-road prowess along with its good on-road handling, and it has a well-appointed interior, in addition to plenty of high-tech options such as Active Steering, but the bottom-line price, like the Cayenne's, can really add up.

The interior of the Audi Q7 is much more attractive and upscale-feeling than the 2009 Porsche Cayenne, and it has an available third row of seating, but it drives with more heft than the Cayenne and doesn't handle quite as quickly.

The Infiniti FX is priced significantly lower than the Cayenne, and it feels faster and lighter behind the wheel, with crisp handling and tight body control.

But the FX doesn't have a very comfortable ride at times, and it's rather small inside.

Finally, the most sensible vehicle on this list is the MDX, which has a very nicely appointed, comfortable interior, a smooth ride, and quite good handling, with a sporty feel that's eager and responsive but not trying to be like a sportscar.

2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS2009 Porsche Cayenne2009 Infiniti FX2009 Infiniti FX2008 Acura MDX 4WD 4-door Sport/Entertainment Pkg Front Exterior View2008 Acura MDX2008 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.6L Premium Angular Front Exterior View2008 Audi Q7
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The 2009 Porsche Cayenne isn’t as practical as other SUVs its size, but it handles like a Porsche.
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The 2009 Infiniti FX offers a truly distinctive shape and sportscarlike acceleration. If you need to haul plywood or lots of kids, though, look elsewhere.
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The 2008 Acura MDX has a little more passion than most larger SUVs, with no less practicality.
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The 2008 Audi Q7 puts a sport-ute premium on its beautifully made interior, seven-passenger seating, and sedanlike acceleration.
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$44,600Browse Used ListingsN/ABrowse Used Listings$40,195Browse Used Listings$42,500Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
Gas V6N/AGas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
Sport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
AWD 4-Door ManualN/A4WD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.6L
All Wheel DriveN/A4 Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door SUVN/A4 Door4 Door SUV
Manual w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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