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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
the steering-wheel stereo controls still 'seek' up and down through radio stations rather than scrolling through presets
pure luxury with every amenity needed
The Detroit News
mundane but still useful options are a trailer hitch and a cargo-area management system
Kelley Blue Book
Experts at TheCarConnection.com find that the 2009 Porsche Cayenne includes all the expected luxury features. Add-ons can get pricey, though.
ConsumerGuide explains that the Porsche Cayenne GTS includes a "power tilt/telescopic steering wheel" as a standard feature, while the Porsche 2009 Cayenne Turbo also picks up a "navigation system, heated steering wheel, leather upholster, heated front and rear seats," and a "Bose sound system." USB and iPod capability are new for 2009, and the year also brings upgrades to both the nav system and the Bluetooth interface. Edmunds finds that all Porsche 2009 Cayennes include "automatic climate control, a 12-speaker CD audio system, foglamps, full power accessories," as well as "leather seating, a trip computer and a power liftgate." XM Satellite Radio also debuts on the Cayenne for 2009.
ForbesAutos raises a few complaints, most notably that "the steering-wheel stereo controls still 'seek' up and down through radio stations rather than scrolling through presets," and "the heated steering wheel is connected directly to the heated seat control," which "doesn't let you crank the heat on the wheel when only your fingers are cold while keeping the seat temperature less toasty." They acknowledge "these sound like minor quibbles, but on a vehicle this expensive, everything should be thoroughly thought out."
ConsumerGuide says a "DVD entertainment system" and "extended navigation system," which "includes off-road navigation and reverse-route guide," are available on the 2009 Porsche Cayenne. Also making the options list on the 2009 Porsche Cayenne are "full leather upholstery," "satellite radio," and a "6-disc CD changer," according to ConsumerGuide. For those buying a non-Turbo Porsche Cayenne, Edmunds notes that "many of the Turbo's features are available as options on the lesser trims," while "other options highlights include various wheels" and "a large four-section panoramic moonroof." A new option for 2009 is a brake upgrade to Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes.
The 2009 Porsche Cayenne offers a great list of features—but some options can be very pricey.