2016-porsche-cayenne-reviewThe 2016 Porsche Cayenne is a luxury SUV that seats up to 5 people. In comes in either a standard or hybrid version, both with all-wheel drive. The choice of engines range from 240 horsepower to 570 horsepower which gives it quick acceleration off the mark. The Cayenne has nimble handling and is a driver’s dream come true.

The interior of the Porsche Cayenne is luxurious and comfortable. There are two rows of seats for the 5 passengers who have plenty of space. Cargo room is fairly limited in the back but the second row of seats can fold forwards, allowing for more storage space.

For 2016 Porsche have added a few more Cayenne models to the lineup including the GTS and Turbo S. All in all there are 8 Cayenne models to choose from with prices ranging from $59,000 for the base model up to $160,000 for the high end trims.

Specs

The base model of the Porsche Cayenne comes with a 300 hp 3.6 liter V6 engine with all-wheel drive. It has a top track speed of 142 mph and can reach 0-60 mph in around 7.3 seconds. The Cayenne comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard. While the engine is powerful it can feel more sluggish than the sportier Porsches because the Cayenne SUV is much heavier. Fuel consumption for the base model is estimated at 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

The Cayenne S features a bigger 3.6 liter V6 engine that delivers 420 horsepower. It has a top speed of 161 mph and acceleration from 0-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. The fastest model in the lineup is the Cayenne Turbo S which uses the 4.8 liter V8 engine that makes 570 hp. It has a top speed of 176 mph and acceleration from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds! Fuel consumption suffers as a result with an estimated 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

The Cayenne has plenty of power under the hood and it shows in towing capacity. Even the base Cayenne can tow up to 7,716 lbs. Reviewers say the Cayenne has great reflexes and is one of the best SUVs to drive on or off the road.

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Interior

The Cayenne has a luxury interior but Porsche have gone back to their roots with a more classic look to the Cayenne’s controls. The center stack has plenty of old-style buttons as well as a touch screen seen in many modern SUVs. This can be a refreshing change to a classic look or may feel a bit dated depending on your perspective.

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Either way the Cayenne does have all the tech you’d expect in a modern SUV include navigation, dual-zone climate control, USB port, Bluetooth and 7-inch touch screen. Optional upgrades include quad-zone climate control, upgraded stereo system and satellite radio.

Up to 5 people can ride in the Porsche Cayenne with the leather seating which comes as standard. Front seats are power-adjustable while the back seats have a manual slide or recline feature.

Price

The base price for the 2016 Porsche Cayenne is $59,600. The Cayenne S with the 420 hp engine has a starting price of $76,200 and the first hybrid version comes in at $78,700. The top trim, the Cayenne Turbo S with the 570 hp engine has a MSRP of $159,600.

Alternatives

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne is a mid-sized luxury SUV that ranks well against its competitors. Some other good options in this class are the 2016 Tesla Model X, the 2017 Audi Q7 and the 2016 Lexus RX Hybrid.