2012 Porsche Cayenne vs. Its Competition

2012 Porsche Cayenne
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

In our opinion, the Infiniti FX35 and FX50 are the closest rivals to the base Cayenne on the road—although it doesn't offer any off-road ability like the Porsche.

The Cayenne doesn't feel quite as agile, but the FX makes some sacrifices in packaging and ride quality for its styling-and-performance focus.

The Q7 is significantly larger inside than the Cayenne and comes with an available third-row seat; this past year it also got a more fuel-efficient supercharged V-6 in place of a 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.

One other interesting alternative is the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8; with a 470-horsepower V-8 and straight-line performance that rivals the Cayenne Turbo—at a price that's less than the Cayenne S.

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Quick Specs
The 2012 Porsche Cayenne comes equipped to take on a rugged trail, the racetrack, and child ferrying, all in the same day.
The 2012 Audi Q7 has what upscale suburban families want: a lavish interior, a cabin full of premium features, and performance and ride that are very carlike--plus serious towing ability if and when you need it.
It doesn't pop with the styling or interior plushness of its competitors, but the 2012 BMW X5 has the powerful X5 M and frugal diesel up its sleeve.
The 2012 Infiniti FX35 and FX50 look like they sacrifice some practicality in the name of a sexy design and scorching performance—and that's exactly the case.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee only gets better this year with the addition of the SRT8's thundering HEMI V-8.
An impressive performer both on and off-road, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has the broadest reach of any luxury SUV we know.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Supercharged Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V8
EPA Class     
Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
AWD 4-Door Manualquattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium PlusAWD 4-Door 35iAWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door Laredo Altitude4WD 4-Door HSE LUX
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door SUVSport Utility VehicleSport Utility
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/CommandShift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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