2013 Porsche Cayenne Review
Critics say the 2013 Porsche Cayenne is one of the best-performing SUVs on the market and coddles its occupants with a luxurious interior, but its high price tag and limited cargo space may make it less practical than competitors.
The Porsche Cayenne has plenty of engine options, ranging from the base V6 to a turbocharged V8 found in the Cayenne Turbo. The base model comes with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. All other models have the eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy depends on the powertrain, and ranges from an average-for-the-class 15/23 mpg city/highway with the base trim up to an excellent 19/29 mpg with the all-new diesel trim. Regardless of the model, auto reviewers say the Cayenne has powerful engines, a smooth automatic transmission and exceptional handling. Critics are impressed with how the Cayenne stays flat in corners and say that its ride is comfortable and the steering responsive.
Reviewers say the five-seat 2013 Cayenne offers an upscale cabin, made with high-quality materials and great fit and finish. Critics say the seats are comfortable all-around and that visibility from the driver’s seat is excellent. Some auto writers call the Cayenne’s cargo space competitive, but some say it doesn’t match some class leaders. For a highly-priced SUV, the Cayenne doesn’t come equipped with as many standard features as rivals like the Audi Q7, and unlike many competitors, higher trims don’t add much to the standard features list. Standard features include a 10-speaker stereo with a 7-inch touch-screen display and leather seats. There are lots of options, which are either available as stand-alone options or as part of expensive packages. Optional equipment includes Bluetooth, an upgraded Bose or Burmester sound system, navigation, a backup camera and a rear-seat entertainment system.
- "The 2013 Porsche Cayenne is very pricey, but it's also very desirable given its standing as one of the finest SUVs on the planet." -- Edmunds
- "Unless your heart demands the adrenaline rush of a Cayenne Turbo, the new Cayenne diesel warrants serious consideration for those shopping the luxury SUV market. The diesel price premium is minimal, while the upsides in fuel economy and power are excellent." -- AutoWeek
- "It faces stiff competition from the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz M-Class and, to a lesser extent, the larger Audi Q7, none of which can match the wide-ranging list of positives offered by the Porsche Cayenne." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "It's fast, huge fun to drive, and it sounds far more aggressive than any other version of the German SUV. Add in the fact that it looks considerably bolder thanks to the new wheels and Turbo-inspired body parts, and the GTS begins to look like the coolest way to configure a Cayenne." -- Automobile Magazine
Other SUVs to Consider
If you’re looking for a sporty midsize SUV, the BMW X5 is a smart choice. Test drivers say the X5 handles much like a sports car and has an upscale interior. If additional seating capacity is a priority, the X5 can seat up to seven with its optional third row. Additionally, the X5 has much more cargo space than the Cayenne.
The Infiniti FX is a solid alternative to the Cayenne because of its good reliability rating. Reviewers like the FX’s performance, saying that it has sporty handling and powerful engine choices. The base FX with rear-wheel drive gets slightly better fuel economy than the Cayenne.
Details: 2013 Porsche Cayenne
The five-seat Porsche Cayenne comes in five trims: Cayenne (base), Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S, Cayenne GTS and Cayenne Turbo. The base trim has a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed automatic transmission is optional for the base trim, and comes standard on higher trims. All models have all-wheel drive. Higher trims have either naturally-aspirated or turbocharged V8 engines. For 2013, Porsche adds a more fuel-efficient turbocharged diesel Cayenne and a V8-powered GTS trim. The Cayenne was last redesigned in 2011, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from model years 2011 to 2013.