2010 Porsche Cayenne vs. Its Competition

2010 Porsche Cayenne AWD 4-door Turbo Angular Front Exterior View
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The BMW X5 is also good off-road as well as on, plus the luxurious interior and wide range of high-tech options make for a compelling package, but like the Cayenne, the price can quickly get out of control.

The X5 M can match or exceed the Cayenne Turbo S in every department as well.

Audi’s Q7 offers a much more attractive and upscale-feeling interior than the 2010 Porsche Cayenne, and is more useful, too, with available third row seating, but it doesn’t have the sporting capability of the Cayenne.

The Infiniti FX sits at a much lower price point than the Cayenne, and it seems like faster, lighter vehicle at the wheel, handling crisply and tautly.

Its smaller side and lower ride quality make it somewhat less practical than the Cayenne, however.

The most sensible vehicle of the bunch is the Acura MDX--it delivers a comfortable, stylish interior, smooth ride and good handling while still being a useful SUV.

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Quick Specs
7.8
Despite some issues with practicality, the 2010 Porsche Cayenne is a luxurious and supremely capable performer.
8.4
The 2011 BMW X5 offers impressive handling and features, but lacks the styling and interior that makes competitors pop, while the X5 M offers nearly sports car levels of performance with all the utility of a standard X5.
8.6
The 2010 Acura MDX still finds ways to improve—though the new grille, steering feel, and USB/Bluetooth omissions are out of character.
8.8
The 2010 Audi Q7 tames the SUV bad-boy image with subtler looks, diesel fuel economy, and good on-road performance.
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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.
MSRP From    
$45,500$46,300$42,230$46,900N/A
Gas Mileage    
11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
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Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6N/A
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A
Style Name    
AWD 4-Door ManualAWD 4-Door 35iAWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.6L PrestigeN/A
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All Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveN/A
Passenger Capacity    
5577N/A
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Body Style    
4 Door SUV4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door SUVN/A
Transmission    
Manual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODN/A