Used Car: 2013 Porsche Cayenne Review
The 2013 Porsche Cayenne has razor-sharp handling, powerful available engines and a lavishly appointed cabin, reviewers said, but its high cost of ownership is a notable drawback.
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The 2013 Porsche Cayenne is powered by a V6 engine that test drivers said delivers acceptable acceleration. Reviewers were more impressed with the V8-powered Cayenne S and Cayenne GTS and twin-turbocharged V8-equipped Cayenne Turbo, which they said are incredibly fast off the line. The Cayenne Diesel debuted for the 2013 model year, and reviewers said it has ample power. The base Cayenne comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed automatic transmission is available on the base trim and standard on other models and reviewers reported that it shifts decisively. All-wheel drive is standard on all models. The base 2013 Cayenne with an automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway, which is competitive for the class. The Cayenne Diesel returns 19/29 mpg, which is very good for the class. Auto writers said the 2013 Cayenne has a comfortable ride and exceptional handling, with sharp steering and excellent body control through turns.
Automotive journalists said the 2013 Porsche Cayenne's cabin feels very opulent and features lots of elegant materials. The front seats are very supportive and offer great forward visibility, reviewers noted. They appreciated the ability to increase rear-seat legroom or cargo space thanks to the sliding and reclining back seats. The five-seat Cayenne can haul up to 62.9 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded, which is on the low end of the class. The 2013 Cayenne comes standard with a power liftgate, Bluetooth, leather-trimmed seats and power-adjustable front seats. Available features include four-zone automatic climate control, a premium Bose or Burmester sound system, navigation, a panoramic sunroof, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and a rear-seat entertainment system. A few critics said it takes time to master the layout of the many buttons on the dashboard, but many preferred the Cayenne’s buttons to the touch-screen systems that many rivals offer.
Other SUVs to Consider
The diesel-powered 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML 350 BlueTec has gets impressive fuel economy for the class, and reviewers said it has ample power from a stop. Test drivers praised the M-Class' quiet, composed ride and controlled road manners, and it offers substantially more cargo space than the Cayenne.
Test drivers liked the 2013 Acura MDX’s crisp steering and sharp handling. The MDX has three rows of seats and offers more cargo space than the Cayenne. Reviewers praised its high-quality interior and said that its available ELS audio system has great sound quality.