2009 Porsche Cayenne vs. Its Competition

2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS

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.

The interior of the Audi Q7 is much more attractive and upscale-feeling than the 2009 Porsche Cayenne, and it has an available third row of seating, but it drives with more heft than the Cayenne and doesn't handle quite as quickly.

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.

Finally, the 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 but not trying to be like a sportscar.

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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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Quick Specs
The 2009 Porsche Cayenne isn’t as practical as other SUVs its size, but it handles like a Porsche.
The 2009 Infiniti FX offers a truly distinctive shape and sportscarlike acceleration. If you need to haul plywood or lots of kids, though, look elsewhere.
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.
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Gas Mileage   
11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
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EPA Class   
Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
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AWD 4-Door ManualRWD 4-Door4WD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.6L
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4 Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door SUV4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door SUV
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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