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Reviewed by Nelson Ireson
Senior Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$43,785
BASE MSRP
$48,850
Quick Take
The 2013 Porsche Cayenne spans a wide range of capabilities, from basic family hauler to track-worthy sports SUV, with a few stops in between--including a brand new diesel. Read more »
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The new-generation Cayenne looks far smaller than it did before, though this is mostly due to styling magic, notably a lower nose and a forward-raked C-pillar.

Edmunds' Inside Line »

The all-new interior mirrors the elegant styling of the Panamera sedan – very upscale and meticulously finished from its beautiful wood and aluminum accents to the leather stitching on the dashboard.

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The Panamera cues carry over inside, where the Cayenne bears a striking resemblance to Porsche's four-door gran turismo.

Motor Trend »

Contrary to its slight size increase, the new model looks slightly smaller and tidier than its predecessor.

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$48,850 $108,750
AWD 4-Door Manual
Gas Mileage 15 mpg City/22 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas V6, 3.6L
EPA Class Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Sport Utility
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The Basics:

Though it's been in Porsche's range for nearly a decade, the Cayenne remains a controversial subject for brand loyalists who see the sports car as the true heart of the marque. Nevertheless, the Cayenne's success for Porsche can't be denied, and with the addition of a new diesel model for the 2013 model year, it looks as though its position will be further solidified.

That's a very good thing for SUV lovers, however, as the Cayenne is one of the best in the business. It has a unique look--one that not everyone will love. Wrapping a rough approximation of the 911's curves around the large SUV results in a smooth, curvaceous, swooping form that sits at odds with most of the rest of the large SUV segment, which is largely composed of squared edges and bluff faces. Inside, the Cayenne is even less typical, with a coupe-like cockpit up front, with curved surfaces and upscale materials. All models now come with an analog clock for 2013.

The five different variants in the Cayenne range include the base model, powered by a 300-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine; the Cayenne Diesel, all-new for 2013, with a 240-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel engine; the Cayenne S, rated at 400 horsepower from a 4.8-liter V-8; the Cayenne S Hybrid, good for 380 horsepower from its combination of electric motor and a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6; and the Cayenne Turbo, the speed demon of the group, rated at 500 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V-8.

Even base Cayennes are relatively quick, getting to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds with the Tiptronic S automatic transmission, or 7.1 seconds with the six-speed manual. The more potent models are even quicker. The Tiptronic S eight-speed automatic is the only transmission offered on non-base model Cayennes.

Each of the five flavors also offers its own set of design and features as part of the package, wrapping its five-passenger interior in slightly different trims, though each offers an almost impossibly multi-faceted list of upgrades and customizations. Seating is comfortable and supportive, and the materials and fit and finish are all top-notch. Ride quality can be a bit stiff, however, particularly in the sportier models. Our editors strongly recommend the Porsche Adaptive Suspension Mangement (PASM) air-suspension system, which improves the ride signficantly while also improving handling.

Priced from just below $50,000 to nearly $150,000 (or more with enough options), the Cayenne offers a respectable base set of features--nearly complete, in fact, with all of the luxury, connectivity, technology, and comfort features you'd expect. Bluetooth, iPod/USB, and more are all standard. Optional upgrades include navigation, a panoramic sunroof, a heated windshield, and Bose or audiophile-grade Burmester sound systems, plus a wide variety of wheel, trim, paint, and upholstery options.

Likes:

  • Brisk acceleration
  • Comfortable, sporty cabin
  • Deft handling for its size
  • A potent, capable Hybrid
  • Ample individualization options

Dislikes:

  • Less-than-efficient use of space
  • A small second row and no available third row
  • Base V-6 model underwhelms
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