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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
as usual with Porsches, your susceptibility to options will have a huge effect on the final cost
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Porsche gets credit for including a USB audio input and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a touchscreen infotainment interface, as standard equipment across all 2011 Cayenne models.
high on our wish list is an updated navigation system, as the current incarnation with its undersized and graphically so-so display is definitely a full cut below those found in more recently redesigned M-B models
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Our biggest gripe is that the nav screen is still located low on the dash
For audiophiles, an available Bose and Burmester premium sound system produces lovely lows, mids, and highs
No doubt, most shoppers considering the 2011 Porsche Cayenne care a little bit more about absolute performance—as well as Porsche's sports-car image—than the gadget count and the quality of the leather. However, both in terms of traditional luxury appointments and modern connectivity, tech, and comfort features, the Cayenne isn't missing anything.
A good Bluetooth interface is at last standard across the line, while the standard sound system includes an iPod and USB interface. While we were driving on narrow, unfamiliar streets and highways around Cologne, Germany, one of our favorite features in the Cayenne was the ability to display full-color navigation system maps in the small circular TFT screen that's part of the gauge cluster, just to the right of the tachometer.
The optional Adaptive Cruise Control system can maintain following distances at speeds between 20 and 100 mph, and it will prime the braking system when needed and even stop. A quick press of the accelerator will reactivate the system.
As we'd advise for any Porsche model, watch those options, as they add up fast; you can easily blow 10 or 20 grand. One of the Cayenne Turbo test vehicles we drove was loaded with those new features plus the panoramic roof, a heated windshield, the high-end Burmester surround-sound system, and RS Spyder Design wheels, bringing the total to almost $125,000—and it's possible to load a Turbo up to the $150,000 mark if you opt for some of the custom paint, trim, and upholstery choices.
The 2011 Porsche Cayenne offers plenty of tech and comfort features in addition to traditional luxury upgrades. Just remember to watch the bottom line if that's a consideration.