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2012 Porsche Cayenne

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Porsche Cayenne highlights

Customer reviews

5 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

3 out of 5


  • Excellent handling
  • Upmarket image and interior


  • Plentiful, expensive cost options
  • Lacks the space of more practical rivals

Mileage (EPA estimate)

16 city, 23 highway, 19 combined

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The 2012 Porsche Cayenne puts sport into sport-utility

Extensively redesigned in 2011, the 2012 Porsche Cayenne has a sporting character that marks it as a favorite SUV among people who love to drive. It delivers superior handling, excellent performance, and a premium five-seat cabin. It’s not alone in doing so, with the BMW X5, Range Rover Sport, and Infiniti FX offering a similar mix, but none achieve it with quite the on-road poise of the Porsche Cayenne.

There's a trade-off for that: The Cayenne is at the more expensive end of the market, and plentiful cost options bump up the price further. All models are all-wheel drive, including the entry-level Cayenne V6 with 300 hp, the midlevel Cayenne S V8 with 400 hp, and the range-topping Cayenne Turbo with a scintillating 540 hp. There's a 380-hp Cayenne S Hybrid, too, if you have an eye on fuel economy. All impress, but the Turbo really does have the capacity to shock, especially if you option the 2012 Power Kit upgrade, which increases the power by 40 hp.

All Porsche Cayenne years

New for 2012

  • Blind Spot Monitor, Smart Key, Manual Transmission, and Burmester Audio features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Base trim now comes with Auxiliary Audio Input as standard equipment.
  • The Turbo trim now comes with Auxiliary Audio Input as standard equipment.

Explore Porsche Cayenne details

Base 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control

Optional Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Burmester Audio
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • DVD Video System
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Leather Interior
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Manual Transmission
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)

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Engine size




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Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 67.1"

Head room

F 39.6"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

1157/7716 lbs.



5 reasons to buy the 2012 Porsche Cayenne

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

RepairPal reliability rating

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Porsche Cayenne an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Porsche Cayenne 20th out of 23 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.

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2012 Porsche Cayenne trims

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