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The 2012 Porsche Cayenne gets surprisingly good fuel mileage in its higher-performance versions, with the Hybrid at the top of the heap, though the base V-6 doesn't offer any real advantage over the V-8s.
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Cayenne V-6: 15/22 mpg city/highway (manual); 16/23 mpg (automatic).
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Cayenne S: 16/22 mpg city/highway
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Cayenne Turbo: 15/22 mpg city/highway
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Cayenne S Hybrid: 20/24 mpg city/highway
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The 2012 Porsche Cayenne is a high-performance SUV; you have to be realistic about its gas mileage. That said, the Cayenne V-6 and S Hybrid models are better than many of the alternatives, particularly when you factor in on-road performance capability.

The base Cayenne V-6 with the standard manual transmission rates 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway according to the EPA. The optional eight-speed automatic improves the score to 16/23 mpg, for a combined rating of 19 mpg.

The Cayenne S slots between the two despite the extra 100 horsepower, rating 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined. The Turbo's massive 500 horsepower output is only marginally thirstier, getting a 15/22 mpg rating for 17 mpg combined.

The gas mileage winner in the Cayenne range is, predictably, the Cayenne S Hybrid. According to the EPA, it's good for 20 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. That works out to an estimated yearly fuel cost of $2,607 for a 15,000-mile/year driver.

Conclusion

The 2012 Porsche Cayenne gets surprisingly good fuel mileage in its higher-performance versions, with the Hybrid at the top of the heap, though the base V-6 doesn't offer any real advantage over the V-8s.

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