2011 Porsche Cayenne vs. Its Competition

2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Cayenne still doesn't feel quite as nimble and responsive as the Infiniti FX35, the vehicle that's in our opinion the Porsche ute's closest rival.

But then again, the FX35 doesn't offer anything close to the Cayenne's off-road ability.

The sportiest version of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, the ML63 AMG, is one of the top rivals to the V-8 Cayenne models.

Just like the Porsche SUVs, it's a racetrack stormer and ideally tuned for high-speed sweepers; acceleration from its stout V-8 is also strong.

But none of the AMG models have shown strong resale value, so that's a concern for anyone who's stretching to get one.

The Q7 is significantly larger inside than the Cayenne and comes with an available third-row seat; the Q7 will also introduce a more fuel-efficient supercharged V-6 for 2011 in place of the thirsty V-8.

BMW's X5 (and X5 M) are also possibilities, but the X5 has not in recent years been as quick and nimble as the rest of BMW's vehicles.

The Range Rover Sport, like the Cayenne, offers a combination of on-road performance and off-road ability, though it's a letdown on many counts, with an aged design and cramped quarters.

Meanwhile, the Cayenne V-6 is positioned in a different realm, in the heart of the luxury SUV market, and takes on the likes of the Lincoln MKX, Acura MDX, and even Lexus RX in packaging and price.

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Quick Specs
The new 2011 Porsche Cayenne is one of the few vehicles you can take off-road and out to the track on the same day; it's leaner and more athletic than before, without giving up the off-road ability.
With a diesel option and a softer silhouette, the 2011 Audi Q7 does its part to tame the SUV bad-boy image.
The 2011 BMW X5 offers impressive handling and features, but lacks the styling and interior that makes competitors pop, while the X5 M offers nearly sports car levels of performance with all the utility of a standard X5.
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Gas Mileage  
15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas Supercharged V6Diesel I6
EPA Class  
Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
AWD 4-Door Manualquattro 4-Door 3.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door 35d
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door SUV4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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