2008 Porsche Cayenne vs. Its Competition

2008 Porsche Cayenne Tiptronic
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The interior of the Audi Q7 is much more attractive and upscale-feeling than the 2008 Porsche Cayenne, but it drives with more heft than the Cayenne and doesn't handle quite as quickly; also, it's based on the same platform and feels disappointingly small inside.

The Infiniti FX is priced significantly lower than the Cayenne, and it feels faster and lighter behind the wheel, with crisp handling and tight body control.

But the FX doesn't have a very comfortable ride at times, and it's rather small inside.

The BMW X5 boasts some degree of off-road prowess along with its good on-road handling, and it has a well-appointed interior, in addition to plenty of high-tech options such as Active Steering, but the bottom-line price, like the Cayenne's, can really add up.

Finally, the roomiest and most sensible vehicle on this list is the MDX, which has a very nicely appointed, comfortable interior, a smooth ride, and quite good handling, with a sporty feel that's eager and responsive though not as hard-charging as the Cayenne's.

2008 Porsche Cayenne Tiptronic2008 Porsche Cayenne
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2008 Acura MDX 4WD 4-door Sport/Entertainment Pkg Front Exterior View2008 Acura MDX
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2008 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.6L Premium Angular Front Exterior View2008 Audi Q7
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2008 BMW X5-Series 3.0si2008 BMW X5
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Quick Specs
The Cayenne isn’t as well-rounded of a package as some of its rivals, but the Porsche name has a lot of draw on its own.
The 2008 Acura MDX has a little more passion than most larger SUVs, with no less practicality.
The 2008 Audi Q7 puts a sport-ute premium on its beautifully made interior, seven-passenger seating, and sedanlike acceleration.
The 2008 BMW X5 is better than ever, but could use more dramatic styling and an iDrive transplant.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
AWD 4-Door Manual4WD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.6LAWD 4-Door 3.0si
All Wheel Drive4 Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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