Like many luxury vehicles, the 2013 Cayenne spans a vast price range (from just below $50,000 to $150,000 or more). And while the top Turbo S models are arguably worth it from a performance standpoint alone, what you get at the base end of the lineup isn't shabby at all.
Base V-6 Cayenne models offer 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.
Available options, some of which are standard on the top-end Cayenne Turbo, include ParkAssist with rearview camera, an electric slide/tilt moonroof, dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, and both Bose and Burmester audio systems. The Burmester in particular is an auditory feast.
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.
These available high-end options really add up though. Turbo S aside, it's easy to push the Turbo as high as $125,000-$150,000 when loaded with all of the extras, plus high-end design features like custom Porsche wheels, paint, and upholstery.
Porsche's button-focused control scheme might seem busy at first, but we wager you'll warm up to it, as it escapes the complexity of screen-based, joystick-controlled systems like BMW's iDrive and Audi's MMI.