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in 2011 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $44,041 - $80,679
Original MSRP: $47,700 - $106,000
MPG: 15 City / 22 Hwy
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2011 Porsche Cayenne Interior

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The 2011 Porsche Cayenne is comfortable, with more cargo room and rear-seat space than ever, as well as outstanding build quality and materials. The biggest problem reviewers can find with this luxury SUV, beyond its steep price, is that its abundance of tech goodies can be complex and will take time for drivers to learn.

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  • "In its second incarnation, the Cayenne's interior exudes much greater class and quality than its predecessor. The look of the cabin is highly reminiscent of that gracing the Porsche Panamera, alongside which it is assembled. The front seats are particularly good, boasting a broader backrest and improved support. The driving position? Spot on." -- Edmunds
  • "As expected at this price level, Cayenne's interior is impeccably assembled with top-notch materials." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Not only does the Cayenne use the Panamera's striking center console but also its small-diameter steering wheel. Plus, the Cayenne's gauge cluster is more akin to those in the brand's sports cars (center-positioned tachometer) and the seats are sportier and more supportive than those in the 2010 model." -- Motor Trend

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Seating

The Porsche Cayenne's seating for five is plush. Reviewers like the SUV's supple leather material and also praise the cushions' lateral support. Several others highlight the roomy area for three passengers in the rear row, which has become even more spacious for 2011 and is a rarity in the midsize SUV class.

  • "Ample headroom and generous seat travel contribute to fine overall comfort. Lateral support is excellent, though the seat bottoms may pinch some physiques. ... Slight step-up into cabin, but no-fuss entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Porsche has not released a full list of features for the 2011 Cayenne. However, features are expected to be similar to the 2010 model. The 2010 base model came with a 12-speaker CD player, climate control, a leather-trimmed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, and heated side mirrors. It also featured Porsche Communication Management, which comes with a 6.5-inch color monitor, touch-screen controls and a DVD navigation system.

Testers find the Cayenne is laid out in typical Porsche opulence, but some worry the buttons and features could be overwhelming. The new S Hybrid model comes with a special Hybrid Status display that shows when the battery is being recharged, how much charge is left, and when it is being drained.

  • "We found that the level of charge [on the Hybrid Status display] jumped around quite a bit. Sustained electric movement would drop the charge level accordingly -- the lowest charge level we witnessed in our spirited 20-mile city/highway drive was around 50 percent -- but we were surprised at the rate at which it would recharge itself during the drive, the charge level jumping 20 percent or so during just a few miles of hilly descending. Never did it seem that the electric reserve would drop to zero." -- Motor Trend
  • "Dashboard has lots of buttons, conveys lots of information, and requires pre-drive familiarization--especially with the navigation system. Small audio buttons contrast with large, simple toggles for climate, suspension, and transfer-case adjustments. Some testers complain of the left-mounted ignition switch--a Porsche tradition that others find unobjectionable." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The Porsche Cayenne has traditionally provided an average amount of space for a midsize SUV. Porsche has not yet released specs on the 2011 Cayenne’s cargo space, but its larger dimensions are expected to yield more space. Last year’s model provided about 19 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use and 63 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down. A power liftgate with a separate-opening, remote-controlled window is standard.

  • "A standard power hatch moves up and down fairly quickly." -- MSN
  • "Cargo room is good with the rear seat up, but overall is not expansive for an SUV. The seat splits 60/40 and folds flat for plenty of space, but you must first flip the bottom cushions, then remove and stow the headrests. Center-console storage is generous, but there's not much other room for small items." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The cargo area is also surprisingly roomy. It's not double-stroller roomy, but it is single-kid-stroller roomy." -- Mother Proof
  • "The big news, literally, lies in the rear seat and cargo hold, where the 2011 boasts over an inch of additional rear legroom (the back seat also slides fore and aft 6.3 inches and reclines) and 4.6 cubic feet of extra cargo room." -- Motor Trend

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