The Porsche Cayenne is a five-seat luxury SUV with a focus on integrating its Porsche roots into its performance. It's one of the most versatile Porsche vehicles ever, with exemplary driving on the track, on the road, and off-road.
The first generation of the Cayenne was first introduced in 2003 to compete with rival luxury crossover SUVs. The second generation arrived in 2011 with a larger body and sportier lines. The cabin's center console houses an elaborate panel with easy access to customizable features such as seat comfort and drive mode. The Cayenne received a refresh in 2015, which included greater powertrain options.
For many, the Porsche Cayenne will blend great handling and performance for a surprisingly smooth ride. Though it drives well in city traffic and on the highway, its dexterity, brakes, and razor-sharp steering ensure that it handles itself well in an even wider variety of driving scenarios. This makes the Porsche Cayenne appealing to more adventurous city dwellers who would use the vehicle beyond commuting or grocery shopping.
Its distinctive, stylish appearance has ensured it's a highly recognizable vehicle. Each iteration has had minor changes, so the choice for which model year to purchase used relies solely on personal preference, affordability, and cosmetics. Additionally, due to its versatility, each model year of the Porsche Cayenne will perform reliably well in any situation.
When initially introduced, the Porsche Cayenne featured a 4.5L V8 engine with a 3.6L V6 engine as a secondary option. Both engines ensured that all early vehicles performed well with high horsepower and surprising off-road agility. The Cayenne's astounding capability appeals not just to city dwellers, but to those who seek to conquer winding roads with respectable speed and control. Notably, the Cayenne lacks third-row seating options and large amounts of cargo space typically expected in SUVs.