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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Porsche's logic is that switches are easier and faster to use than fumbling with a joystick-type controller. We agree, once you learn where the buttons are (did we mention that there are a lot of buttons?).
Cargo volume, down 3.2 cubic feet to 20.5, is slightly decreased due to the battery and other hybrid components situated under the rear floor.
the cabin is a fine place to spend a day, even though the plethora of buttons can occasionally confuse you
Edmunds' Inside Line
In the usual Porsche fashion, the interior can be upgraded with leather swaddling just about everything, an Alcantara headliner, and five different trim options—you can check options boxes until you’re broke.
Car and Driver
Drivers can choose between Comfort, Normal and Sport modes, and the selection makes a huge difference in ride stiffness.
As Porsche has evolved, it's now as much of a luxury brand as a sports car brand, and the 2013 Cayenne is one of the models that most reflects the luxury side of that mission--without forgetting about the performance side, of course. Compared the Cayenne to a Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, or Lexus, and you'll find top-notch fit and finish. About the only issue some might find is that the Cayenne sacrifices some cargo space in order to prioritize the passenger space.
Supportive, comfortable sport seats are what you'll find in front throughout the entire model range; drivers of all sizes should be able to get well-positioned, with decent visibility and a beltline that isn't too high. Rear passengers are able to slide fore and aft, more than six inches if you're willing to give up some cargo space; and the rear seatback angle adjusts.
Stepping up the model line does earn more lavish appointments. For instance, the GTS gets special eight-way sport seats with Alcantara (suede-like) accents, while Turbo S models get
If folding down the back seats and hauling larger pieces of cargo are part of your normal routine, you might want to double-check the space available in the Cayenne. The rear seatbacks don't fold completely flat, limiting the usefulness of the space, and actual cubes aside its a notch smaller than you might expect from a vehicle this size. Hybrids tend to give up some cargo space, typically, but that isn't the case here as Porsche has packaged the battery packl down below, where the spare tire would otherwise go.
When equipped with the Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management (PASM) air-suspension system and Porsche Dynamic Chassic Control (PDCC)--both of which we recommend--the Cayenne is incredibly flexible in adapting to the driving surface and the driver's desires. Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes allow the driver to dial in just the mode they want, while sharpening or softening the responses of the throttle and transmission as well as the suspension.
The 2013 Porsche Cayenne is a comfortable, spacious luxury vehicle--although cargo space is a bit compromised.