2016 Porsche Cayenne review

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Porsche Cayenne highlights

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  • Entire range available again
  • Turbo S returns with a 570-hp 4.8-liter V8


  • Long, expensive options list
  • Some rivals are cheaper and more practical

Mileage (EPA estimate)

14 city, 21 highway, 17 combined

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Cayenne's range is back to full-strength with base, GTS, and Turbo S models for 2016

The Cayenne has stood as a favorite among sporting SUVs since its debut. While that remains the case with the 2016, it’s impossible to ignore rivals like the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE. None can quite match the Cayenne’s sporting prowess on the road, but they all exceed its passenger and luggage space. That hasn’t really affected the Cayenne’s success, with buyers snapping up as many base, Cayenne, Diesel, S, plug-in S E-Hybrid, GTS, Turbo, and Turbo S models as Porsche can ship to the U.S.

Part of that success is unquestionably down to the Porsche badge on the hood, and what it represents. An all-wheel-drive SUV might be the antithesis of Porsche’s sports cars, but the company manages to bring deft agility and extraordinary performance to its largest SUV. That’s no more obvious than with the GTS and Turbo S models that return to the lineup for 2016, both of which deliver an absolutely thrilling drive.

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What is new for the 2016 Porsche Cayenne?

  • The Cayenne is available in a variety of new trims, including the Base, GTS, and Turbo S.
  • Cayenne trims have been upgraded with Sunroof(s) and 20 Inch Plus Wheels as standard equipment this year.
  • Blind Spot Monitor, Quad Seats, Rear A/C Seat(s), Rear Sunshade, Smart Key, Running Boards, Tow Hitch, and Burmester Audio features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Turbo trim now comes with Rear Seat Heaters as standard equipment.
  • The Diesel trim now comes with Turbo Charged Engine as standard equipment.

2016 Porsche Cayenne trims

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  • Leather interior, automatic tailgate, seven-inch display screen, heated seats and steering wheel, and Bose surround sound system

Cayenne S

  • Adds start-stop technology, a sunroof, and side airbags

Cayenne S E-Hybrid

  • Includes a 416-hp hybrid motor and recuperative braking system

Cayenne GTS

  • Adds active suspension management, sports exhaust system, and wheel arch extensions

Cayenne Turbo

  • Adds active air flaps, air suspension, and 18-way adjustable sports seats

Cayenne Turbo S

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Porsche Cayenne

1. Plenty of power

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If you want to feel the horses run, the Cayenne is the SUV for you. The base-level Cayenne comes with a 3.6L V6 that produces 300 hp. If that's not enough, you can opt for one of the six other engines. The most powerful is a 570-hp 4.8L twin-turbo V8, found on the Cayenne Turbo S trim. That engine whips from zero to 60 in just 3.8 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new), satisfying even the most dedicated speed enthusiasts.

2. Sporty feel

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SUVs are the new carpool car, but the Cayenne offers an alternative: a midsize SUV that is sporty through and through. The GTS trim will really make you feel like you're at the track. From the look of the large air-intakes to the feel of the lowered suspension to the sound of the standard sports exhaust system, the GTS will activate all your senses, even if you're just on a trip to the grocery store.

3. Available powertrain options

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No matter what type of drive system you prefer, the 2016 Porsche Cayenne has an option for you. The SUV comes standard with a gasoline engine. A diesel engine is an available option in the base trim. In addition, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid utilizes an internal combustion engine in combination with an electric motor.

4. Flexible cargo capabilities

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The Cayenne can help ensure that you always have room for your toys. The 2016 model has 23.66 cu-ft of cargo space. In addition, it has beefy towing capacity, capable of towing up to an estimated 7,716 pounds with any of the engines and AWD—when properly equipped.

That's more than enough power to tow a small boat, camper, or four-wheeler, especially given the Cayenne's standard all-wheel drive.

5. Taste of the finer things

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When you enter the 2016 Porsche Cayenne you'll know that you're in a luxury SUV. The Cayenne has features like an automatic liftgate and standard leather seats. In the front, the seats are eight-way adjustable, with 18-way adjustment available on higher trims. The premium package, available on all trims, adds a moonroof or panoramic moonroof and ambient lighting options.

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The Range Rover Sport is a luxury SUV that stands out for its off-road capabilities. The Range Rover Sport comes standard with four-wheel drive and Terrain Response, which is helpful whether you're navigating muddy hills or snowy roads (all models from 2014). The 2014–2019 Range Rover Sport comes standard with seating for five, but a third row is an available option on some trims, increasing seating to seven. Here's what you'll find standard on the Range Rover Sport in model years 2014–2019:

  • 340-hp 3.0L supercharged V6

  • Seating for five, with optional seating for seven

  • Leather seats

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.5 out of 5

2 customer reviews

RepairPal gave the Porsche Cayenne an overall reliability rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average. This rating ranks Porsche Cayenne 25th out of 29 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.

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Porsche Cayenne features and specs

Diesel 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Turbo Diesel Engine
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Burmester Audio
  • CD Audio
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Leather Interior
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Quad Seats
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Diesel

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Head room

F 39.6"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

772/7716 lbs.



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More about the 2016 Porsche Cayenne

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Exterior colors:

  • Black

  • Carmine Red

  • Carrara White Metallic

  • Jet Black Metallic

  • Mahogany Metallic

  • Meteor Grey Metallic

  • Moonlight Blue Metallic

  • Palladium Metallic

  • Peridot Metallic

  • Rhodium Silver Metallic

  • Umber Metallic

  • White

Interior colors:

  • Agate Grey

  • Black

  • Black/Luxor Beige

  • Black/Garnet Red

  • Black/Saddle Brown

  • Expresso

  • Expresso/Cognac

  • Luxor Beige

  • Saddle Brown

  • Saddle Brown/Cream

Interior details

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne has an upscale interior with standard heated leather seats and a heated steering wheel. The Cayenne is known for comfortable seats, and the front seats are highly adjustable. The 2016 Cayenne has a two-zone climate control system and a back seat that is spacious enough to fit adults comfortably. Optional upgrades like the Premium package, available on every trim, introduce more high-end features like a panoramic sunroof.

Child seat details

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne has two sets of LATCH anchors, on the outboard seats of the back row. All three rear seats have car seat tethers, but the back seat is a bit too narrow to fit three seats side-by-side.


The Porsche Cayenne is built for performance. The base level 2016 Cayenne with the 3.6L V6 has a zero to 60 time of 7.3 seconds, and a top speed of 142 mph. That model gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg of combined fuel economy.

The top-spec 2016 Cayenne turbo S, with the 570-hp 4.8L twin-turbo V8 goes from zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 176 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new). That trim has an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 16 mph.
The performance-tuned GTS model has a track-ready feel with a sports package, sports exhaust, and lowered suspension with active suspension management.


According to EPA estimates, the 2016 Porsche Cayenne with the 3.6L V6 engine has tailpipe greenhouse gas emission of 435 grams per mile. The Cayenne S has 461 grams per mile and the Turbo has 536 grams per mile. The e-Hybrid comes in at an EPA-estimate 260 grams per mile. For the diesel Cayenne, you'll get 434 grams per mile and the top-end Turbo S gets 541 grams per mile.

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