in 2013 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $56,693 - $98,799
Original MSRP: $48,850 - $108,750
MPG: 15 City / 22 Hwy
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2013 Porsche Cayenne Interior

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Reviewers are thoroughly impressed with the 2013 Porsche Cayenne’s soft-touch cabin materials and well-built interior. Critics praise its fit and finish. One test driver says the interior layout is modern and upscale, but still maintains a distinct look. Another auto writer finds that the cabin resembles the high-quality, more expensive Porsche Panamera.

  • "Like other Porsches, the Cayenne features fine interior materials put together with excellent craftsmanship. Handsome wood, alloy trim and leather upholstery further add to the luxurious ambience, plus you can add even more leather and wood along with carbon or faux suede thanks to the exhaustive options list." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin's sumptuous, finely stitched leather and overlays of wood and metal bear a passing resemblance to the up-market Porsche Panamera." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "I love the interior in the Cayenne. It's modern, sophisticated with an expensive feel, but more than anything, it's different. The sloping center console and compass on top of the dash, along with the vertical air vents make for a uniquely Porsche look." -- Jalopnik (Diesel)
  • "The GTS cabin is a remarkably soft and happy place. ..." -- Car and Driver


The 2013 Cayenne seats up to five. Leather-trimmed seats and eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. The Cayenne has plenty of available seating options, including heated front and rear seats, 18-way power-adjustable sport seats and ventilated front seats. A seat memory system for the front seats is available in a package as well.

Reviewers say all seating positions are comfortable and supportive. Critics especially like the sliding rear seats and say back seats are supportive and offer good legroom. One critic says forward visibility is excellent, potentially best in the class, and that rearward visibility is equally as good.

  • "True, it doesn't boast a third-row seat or the massive cargo capacity of larger crossovers, but its sliding, reclining and folding rear seat adds a degree of versatility that other luxury SUVs lack." -- Edmunds
  • "Stitched leather lines every nook and cranny, and seats have incredible support." -- Jalopnik (Diesel, front seats)
  • "The forward sightlines, enhanced by slender A-pillars, may be best in class, and vision in all quarters is excellent." -- Car and Driver (2011 Turbo)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2013 Porsche Cayenne include a refrigerated glovebox and a 10-speaker sound system with a 7-inch touch screen. It can be equipped with quad-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, an upgraded Bose or Burmester sound system, navigation, a power sunroof, lane change assist, a backup camera, rear parking sensors and a rear-seat entertainment system. Many options are available through pricey packages, and some of Porsche’s optional features are standard in rivals like the Audi Q7.

Porsche’s touch-screen infotainment system only controls audio functions and the optional navigation system. Reviewers agree that there are a ton of buttons that control audio, climate and other functions, but they find it much more user-friendly than touch-screen or knob-based systems. However, many critics say the Cayenne’s controls take time to learn and locate. One critic says the optional Bose stereo does a good job drowning out the diesel’s engine noise.

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  • "With so many buttons, it can be difficult to quickly find what you're looking for, but you might argue that this Porsche system is more efficient than the menu-driven systems found in its competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "Like all of Porsche's current offerings, the Cayenne's cockpit is filled with enough buttons, knobs and other controls to make a fighter pilot feel right at home. And while that might sound overwhelming at first, operating conventional interior controls is far less distracting than sifting through a series of complicated on-screen menus." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Let's start off with the engine note. It's a diesel. It sucks. It sounds like an asthmatic moose. So a point has been removed. But the 585-watt, 14-speaker Bose Surround Sound System did a wonderful job of drowning out the wheezing." -- Jalopnik
  • "The cornucopia of buttons on the center console may confound drivers at first, but they become rather intuitive over time." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)


The 2013 Porsche Cayenne has 62.9 cubic feet of total cargo space. Reviewers are split on the Cayenne’s cargo space. One critic says it’s competitive for the class, while another says it trails the rest of the class. A power liftgate with a remote-controlled power rear window is standard.

  • "The Cayenne has a maximum luggage capacity of 62.9 cubic feet (a figure reduced to 59.7 and 60.2, respectively for the Hybrid and Turbo models). This is on the small side for the Cayenne's class." -- Edmunds
  • "The cargo area offers class-competitive space, with rear seat backs that fold flat. Under-floor storage ranges from minuscule in conventional models, to non-existent in the Hybrid. Interior storage consists of an average-size glovebox, center console, and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2011)

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