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Original MSRP: $69,000 - $69,000
MPG: 20 City / 24 Hwy
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Used Car: 2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Review

Review Last Updated: 9/2/14

The 2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid delivers athletic handling and superb fuel economy for the class, reviewers said, but its touchy brakes, limited cargo space and complicated touch-screen interface may be a turnoff for some.

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The 2012 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid comes with a supercharged V6 and two electric motors, and test drivers said that acceleration is peppy, aside from a slight delay in power delivery from a stop, and the transition between gas and electric power is seamless. The eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, they added. All-wheel drive is standard. The 2012 Cayenne Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 20/24 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class. Auto writers said the Cayenne Hybrid has responsive steering and is nimble around corners, and added that it has a serene ride quality. Several reviewers noted that the regenerative brakes feel overly sensitive, which is a common complain among hybrids.      

Reviewers agreed that the 2012 Cayenne Hybrid’s cabin is impeccably designed with first-rate materials and construction. The front seats are spacious and supportive, though some critics reported that the seats, though spacious, are a bit too hard for optimum comfort on longer trips. At 59.7 cubic feet, the Cayenne Hybrid's cargo space is slightly less than in gas-only Cayenne models and is low for the class. The 2012 Cayenne Hybrid comes standard with a sunroof, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats with memory, leather seats, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker CD audio system with an auxiliary input and touch-screen display. Available features include a rearview camera, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, navigation, an upgraded audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, lane change assist, adaptive cruise control, four-zone climate control and a rear-seat DVD system. Test drivers said the vast number of buttons on the dashboard can be overwhelming at first and added and that the touch-screen interface for audio and navigation controls can be complicated, as it requires scrolling through multiple menus.

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The 2012 Lexus RX Hybrid gets much better fuel economy than the Cayenne Hybrid and has a lot more overall cargo space. Test drivers said its regenerative brakes are smooth and they liked its tranquil cabin.

The 2012 BMW X5 is available in a fuel-efficient diesel model that gets better fuel economy than the Cayenne Hybrid. Reviewers said the X5 handles athletically while offering a comfortable, composed ride. It also is available with a third row of seating and has more cargo space than the Cayenne Hybrid.

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