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2015 Porsche Cayenne – Diesel 4WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 Auto Trans (Base Trim)

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We liked
  • Outstanding Performance
  • Surprisingly Efficient With Diesel Option
  • Literally and Figuratively, the Porsche of SUVs
We disliked
  • Mediocre Fuel Economy (Non-Diesel Models)
  • No Low-Range
  • More Than Six Figures for Top Models
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MSRP
$61,700
MPG
20 / 29
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ENGINE
3.0L V6
HORSE POWER
240 hp
@ 3,500 rpm
TORQUE
406 ft lb
of torque @ 1,750 rpm
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Although pre-dated by the Mercedes-Benz ML and BMW X5, it could be argued the Porsche Cayenne started the trend of luxury brands scrambling to build premium performance SUVs. After more than a decade in production, the Cayenne holds the distinction of being the brand’s best-selling model, allowing Porsche to continue producing boutique gearhead goodies like the dozens of variations of the 911, the Cayman coupe, and the Boxster roadster.
In any of its forms, the Cayenne brings a distinct performance flavor to the premium SUV class. For those who like the Cayenne’s style but value economy over blistering performance, the diesel model delivers a frugal 29 mpg highway. But for those who don’t care about economy, there’s the 562hp Turbo S model, delivering a 0-to-60 time of a little more than 4 seconds.
There are far more practical and utilitarian options out there than the Cayenne for a much lower price, but few can match it in performance, and those that can are priced in the same realm, which can range up to the mid-$100,000s. If you need the utility of an SUV with the performance of a sports car, the Cayenne is the standard-bearer for the class.

REVIEW

2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel First Test

Oil Futures: Sport Meets Utility in this Diesel-Powered Porsche

Allyson HarwoodMay 15, 2013
For a lot of people, it was strange enough when Porsche introduced a sport/utility vehicle at all. Yet, once the second generation arrived, the Cayenne was lauded for being more of a Porsche than the first generation was, and the controversy had eased. The Cayenne had been accepted as a Porsche, and as a capable SUV.
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There have been many trim levels and engine options introduced in the Cayenne, but implementing the diesel engine is a true milestone: This marks the first time Porsche has powered any of its passenger vehicles with a diesel engine. It's not that Porsche has zero experience with diesels, though. The last time there were diesels was when the company used them to power its tractors.
While at first glance, the combination of diesel motivation and sportiness don't seem to go together, if you look at motorsport, companies have won championships with diesel-powered sports cars and SUVs, on the track and in the dirt. Just because the Porsche has a diesel engine does not mean it isn't fun.
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In this case, the diesel is a 3.0-liter DOHC turbo V-6 that puts out 240 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque -- and the peak torque is at a low, low 1750 rpm. It's backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. If that combination sounds familiar, it's because its Volkswagen kin, the Touareg, also is offered with that combination.
There is no power penalty with the diesel. In fact, having massive amounts of torque on hand at low rpm meant that acceleration was strong and swift from a stop, and climbing steep hills was effortless. In addition, driving on twisty roads made it clear the Cayenne is essentially a sports car that can tow 7700 pounds and carry gear. Our tester came equipped with air suspension, and with Sport Mode engaged, the vehicle did not feel like a large, 5122-pound SUV. It was tremendous fun on twisty roads, and the Porsche felt smaller and more athletic than an SUV should. The steering was responsive, brakes reacted well, and the Cayenne's behavior in turns was predictable and inspired confidence. The suspension tuning was excellent, and there wasn't a severe compromise in ride quality on the highway and straightaways. The Porsche wasn't as cushy as other SUVs in that size category, but it was certainly pleasant and comfortable. That same air suspension also proved its worth off-road, where the Cayenne had little trouble conquering the soft-road paths, hill climbs, and rocks we put in its way. It was easy to put the Porsche in off-road mode, and it did well in the dirt.
At the track, the Cayenne reached 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, and completed the quarter mile in 15.3 seconds at 87.7 mph. It came to a stop in an impressive 116 feet from 60 mph. During our evaluation, we also looked at fuel economy, and it was impressive; we recorded an average of 29.2 mpg.
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The cabin is quintessential Porsche: High-quality, attractive black leather is draped over the seats and much of the cabin. There are paddle shifters, but they weren't the best ones we've ever used. The location on the front of the steering wheel is awkward. There is an easy solution: Just move them to the back of the wheel. There is no shortage of buttons and switches on the center stack, and while that seemed intimidating at first, the controls are grouped in a logical way and are easy to learn. For example, climate control is in one area, and suspension controls are in another. Sound isolation was excellent, and there were wonderful touches, like the traditional compass at the top of the dash, the altimeter, and bolstered seats that seemed to offer infinite adjustment choices.
However, the Cayenne has three shortcomings. One is cargo volume. With the seats up, there's only 23.7 cubic feet of space, and with the second row folded, that number goes up to 62.9. Whether the seats are up or down, that's less than what the Touareg, M-Class, or BMW X5 offer. Second, the rear window and rearview mirror are too small, reducing visibility.
The third shortcoming is the hardest to deal with: the as-tested price. It costs over $93,000 as equipped. For that price, you could buy a Touareg, which uses the same engine, plus a Ford F-150 FX2. We know that you get a lot more because it's a Porsche, that it offers the suspension tuning and driving dynamics of a Porsche, and that, frankly, people who want a Porsche won't be the least bit concerned about the price. This is an excellent vehicle, one that provides everything a Porsche driver would want, but for those of us where money is an object, that's a tough pill to swallow.

2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
BASE PRICE $59,725
PRICE AS TESTED $93,035
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV
ENGINE 3.0L/240-hp/406-lb-ft turbodiesel DOHC 24-valve V-6
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 5122 lb (52/48%)
WHEELBASE 114.0 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 190.8 x 76.3 x 67.4 in
0-60 MPH 6.9 sec
QUARTER MILE 15.3 sec @ 87.7 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 116 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.85 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 27.1 sec @ 0.64 g (avg)
EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON 19/29 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY201/132 kW-hrs/100 mi
CO2 EMISSIONS 0.99 lb/mi
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Road Test: 2008 Porsche Cayenne V-6 Manual
Shift Shock: The Answer To A Question No One Asked
Angus MacKenzieApr 18, 2008
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2008 Porsche Cayenne V6 Manual First Drive
Shift Shock: The Answer To A Question No One Asked
Angus MacKenzieMar 9, 2008
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First Drive: 2008 Porsche Cayenne GTS
A spicier mix of power and handling: GTS also gets down the road with genuine Porsche spiritedness
Greg N. BrownFeb 10, 2008
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Cayenne GTS makes its North America debut at Chicago Auto Show
As Chicago was holding its first successful auto show in 1901, Professor Ferdinand Porsche was showing his latest project in Paris, France.
Feb 8, 2008
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X-treme: Rinspeed's cure for the common Porsche Cayenne
With custom bodywork, a lowered stance, and 600 horsepower, Rinspeed's X-treme is the cure for the common Porsche Cayenne.
Rory JurneckaJan 8, 2008
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2008 Porsche Cayenne GTS First Drive
A spicier mix of power and handling
Greg N. BrownJan 2, 2008
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Auto News: Porsche Engineers Customized Marketing Strategy For The 2008 Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Cars of North America Inc. will launch a multi-platform, integrated marketing program on Plum to support the launch of the 2008 Porsche Cayenne and to connect with Plum's affluent and influential audience.
The ManufacturerJun 11, 2007
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New Comer: 2008 Porsche Cayenne
Porsche may refer to the new Cayenne as the next generation of its sport/utility, but there's plenty that's familiar here.
Mark WilliamsJun 6, 2007

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Auto News: 2008 Porsche Cayenne Hits U.S. Market March 3rd
Proving them wrong, Porsche Cars North America is celebrating the launch of the next-generation 2...
Mar 1, 2007

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Road Test: 2006 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
Exploring a vehicle's dynamic limits will, on occasion, cause us to be rough on the hardware.
Greg N. BrownAug 8, 2006
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First Drive: 2006 Porsche Cayman
Heinz Bernhard does it so you don't have to. In the Arctic, he endures temperatures so cold they'd make you cry, and the tears would freeze to your cheeks. Through high summers in South Africa and Death Valley, he throws himself into nature's ovens, working in air so hot it's violent. He drives on r
Paul HorrellOct 6, 2005

2005 Porsche Cayenne

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Performance SUV: 610-Horse Rinspeed Porsche Cayenne
Swiss tuning house Rinspeed unveiled its radically slammed and chopped 600-horsepower Porsche Cayenne, dubbed "Chopster," at the last Geneva auto show. While there's no word on whether it'll be available in the States, there's no question this hot-rod SUV was built with American tastes in mind....
Mike McNessorAug 1, 2005
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First Drive: 2005 Porsche Cayenne
V-6 power creates more affordability
John KiewiczFeb 23, 2004

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First Drive: 2005 Porsche Cayenne
We walked out into the -16 degree Celsius Finland morning air to see Porsche's entry-level SUV package, known simply as Cayenne (no S).
John KiewiczJun 14, 2004
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Tuners: Techart Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Well-seasoned German tuner Techart attempts to answer that question with a few packages designed to add more kick to the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
Truck Trend EditorsMay 21, 2004
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2004 Porsche Cayenne - 2004 SUV of the year
Check out the all new 2004 Porsche Cayenne. This SUV includes 4.5L DOHC V8 engine making 340 hp. Read more ratings, only on truckinweb.com, the official website of Truckin' Magazine
Sean P. HolmanMar 1, 2004
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First Test: Porsche Cayenne Turbo & Porsche Turbo X50
One would think that two all-wheel-drive, twin-turbocharged Porsches would be similar machines. But times have changed.
Matt StoneOct 15, 2003

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First Drive: 2003 Porsche Cayenne
No more debate--Porsche's long-awaited suv is finally here
Mark WilliamsApr 4, 2005
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Road Test: 2004 BMW X5 4.4i vs. 2004 Infiniti FX45 vs. 2003 Porsche Cayenne S vs. 2004 Cadillac SRX V8 awd
Riders On The Storm -- Into this house we're born, into this world we're thrown: Track testing four high-performance sport/utilities
Chris WaltonMay 25, 2004
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2003 Porsche Cayenne Turbo First Drive
Porsche's sport/utility proves to be more than a visceral experience
The ManufacturerAug 13, 2003
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Porsche Cayenne
Why would a company with such an impressive heritage in racing and high-performance street machines turn its focus to the SUV market? There are many answers to that question, most of which are also rooted in Porsche's history. In addition, after spending some
Allyson HarwoodAug 8, 2003
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The Ultimate Adventure
Extreme testing the new Porsche Cayenne SUV in a harsh netherworld
Larry EdsallJan 28, 2003
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