2016 Porsche Cayenne vs. Its Competition

2015 Porsche Cayenne
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Cayenne has long been the most performance-oriented of the luxury SUVs; but it continues to impress in somewhat unexpected areas—like interior spaciousness and versatility, and actual ruggedness and capability.

The Range Rover Sport has a mix of on-road performance and off-road ability similar to the Cayenne's, and its recent redesign shed pounds and added new performance computer systems; a new SVR trim goes after the hottest sporty SUVs.

And for a very capable alternative, check out the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT; it has performance that rivals that of the Cayenne Turbo, at a much lower price.

Infiniti's road-focused crossover, formerly the FX, is now called QX70; it continues to offer strong V-6 and V-8 powertrains in an attractive body but it doesn't come close to the Porsche's level of available performance assistants and equipment.

The Audi Q7 is a natural alternative to the Porsche Cayenne, as it's based on the same platform but is more spacious inside, with an available third-row seat, a different range of engines, and its own take on luxury and style.

Its supercharged V-6 engine also emerges as stronger in many respects compared to the Cayenne's base V-6.

BMW's X5 was new for 2014 and has since added a new version of the X5 M, which gives the Cayenne Turbo some good competition.

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The 2016 Porsche Cayenne offers more than enough on-the-road (or on-the-track) performance to satisfy enthusiast cravings, and it's likely to surprise and delight with its versatility and ruggedness.
The benchmark of mid-size luxury SUVs, the 2016 BMW X5 offers handsome looks, a choice of powertrains, an abundance of tech features, sporty on-road dynamics, and even some off-road capability.
Though aging, the 2016 Infiniti QX70 still offers an appealing mix of sporty dynamics, coupe-like looks, and luxurious appointments.
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a lot more than first appearances might suggest: a true luxury vehicle, a capable off-roader, and a fuel-efficient diesel highway hauler—potentially all in the same build.
The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport adds two new dimensions to its performance profile: a turbodiesel V-6 and a supercharged HST edition.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
N/AStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDN/A
Style Name    
AWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door sDrive35iRWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door 75th Anniversary4WD 4-Door V6 SE
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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