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STYLING | 8 out of 10
The new-generation Cayenne looks far smaller than it did before, though this is mostly due to styling magic, notably a lower nose and a forward-raked C-pillar.
Edmunds' Inside Line
The all-new interior mirrors the elegant styling of the Panamera sedan – very upscale and meticulously finished from its beautiful wood and aluminum accents to the leather stitching on the dashboard.
The Panamera cues carry over inside, where the Cayenne bears a striking resemblance to Porsche's four-door gran turismo.
Contrary to its slight size increase, the new model looks slightly smaller and tidier than its predecessor.
Car and Driver
The 2013 Porsche Cayenne has a unique look relative to other SUVs—but it's not one that everyone will love. It's a far cry from the design of Porsche's legendary sports cars, like the legendary 911 and now-iconic Boxster, but it does have just enough of those models' style and panache.
Last redesigned for 2011, the Cayenne changed quite radically from a weight-and-performance standpoint (losing hundreds of pounds)—but you wouldn't know it from the outside. The new exterior is more an evolution of the former version, with some new details and improved aerodynamics. It still looks great, though it's still a little at odds with the sports-car lineup, wrapping a rough approximation of the 911's curves around a large SUV frameThe cabin is characterized by a sweeping yet cockpit-like instrument-panel arrangement, with plenty of curved surfaces, sculpted vertical vents, a sloped center console, and upscale materials—borrowing here and there from the stunning Panamera four-door's interior. Matte-metallic brightwork cheers it up from the drab appointments of Cayenne models past, while there's generally a coupe-like feel from the driver's seat.
Visual variation between models in the lineup—including the Cayenne Hybrid—is quite subtle, with wheels and badging being the main differentiators.
The 2013 Porsche Cayenne has the Porsche look, but not everyone will warm up to the SUV shape; inside, the Cayenne is every bit a luxury vehicle.