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The 2018 Porsche Cayenne has few changes over last year’s Cayenne. The Diesel model was quietly dropped from the lineup, leaving an all-gasoline range, with green-leaning Cayenne buyers offered the plug-in S E-Hybrid model. Tempting as the range-topping Turbo and Turbo S models are with their supercar-rivaling performance, the midrange Cayenne S with its turbocharged 420-hp V6 engine remains a hugely compelling choice.
As has always been the case, the Cayenne isn’t very spacious, offering comparable trunk space to many SUVs in the size category below. It compensates with a large towing capacity, with the Cayenne S able to haul as much as 7,716 pounds. Newer rivals generally offer more standard equipment, and Porsche still charges extra for must-haves like Apple CarPlay® and a rearview parking camera. Regardless, this Cayenne ends 2018 and heads into a redesign as the model to beat underlines how much better it has always been against its rivals on the road.
Max towing capacity
When buying a luxury vehicle, you'll no doubt want it to stand out. Whether you're looking at your Cayenne in the parking lot or in your driveway, it's sure to bring a smile to your face. In addition to the smooth, athletic lines of the 2018 model, you also get some classy color choices. Look for models in Moonlight Blue Metallic if you want something chic yet understated. For a little more pizzazz, the Carmine Red or Mahogany Metallic options will really turn heads. The real showstopper, however, is Palladium Metallic, a gold that sparkles in the sunshine.
With a 3.6L V6 under the hood of the 2018 Cayenne as standard, this SUV has the heart of a sports car. If you want a boost from the 300 horsepower the V6 offers, there's an available turbocharged version with 420 horsepower. For next-level power, the 520-hp 4.8L V8 will give you that sporty rumble you crave. Even the 3.0L V6 hybrid engine has 416 horsepower.
The hybrid engine is a great choice if you're looking for balance, with 416 horsepower and 435 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 47 combined MPGe with both the gas engine and the electric motor.
Looking good is one thing, but the 2018 Porsche Cayenne is also very practical. Whether you want to pull some toys to the lake for a long weekend or want to hitch up a camper for some time away from everyday life, the Cayenne has you covered. When properly equipped, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne (all engine sizes and trims) with all-wheel drive and either the six- or eight-speed automatic transmission can tow an estimated 7,716 lbs.
As you might expect from a luxury SUV, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne offers a well-appointed cabin with lots of space to stretch out. The power-adjustable front seats are comfortable, with the right amount of support as you navigate twists and turns. You'll also get a standard 10-speaker audio system with Bluetooth® connectivity, so every drive can have its own soundtrack. If music is important to you, look for models with the available Bose® sound system (standard on S models and higher). Other great optional features include a leather dashboard, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and much more.
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Premium vinyl upholstery
LED daytime running lights and taillights
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Eight-inch display (12.3-inch touchscreen for 2020+)
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Cargo storage area of 33.9 cu ft
Stability and traction control
10.2-inch central display screen
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Air suspension system
Falcon wing doors
17-inch touchscreen display
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Includes power-folding heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, leather upholstery, slide and recline rear row with 40/20/40 split, power tailgate, Bluetooth connectivity, and more.
Adds 19-inch wheels, slide and tilt sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, eight-way power front seats with driver-seat memory settings, Bose speakers, and more.
Adds adaptive suspension dampers, Porsche Connect with E-mobility, energy management display, and more.
Adds 20-inch wheels, adjustable air suspension, high-performance brakes, front sport seats, exclusive upholstery styling, and more.
Adds heated steering wheel, full leather cabin interior, 18-way adaptive front sport seats, heated rear outboard seats, 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, and more.
Adds 21-inch wheels, two-tone leather upholstery choices, carbon-fiber interior trim, leather-upholstered dashboard, high-performance carbon-ceramic brakes, and more.
Adds 20-inch wheels, body-colored fender flares, heated front seats, smartphone integration, real-time traffic display, cornering lights, and more.
Unlocks auxiliary climate system for cabin preheating or precooling.
The Turbo models are the fastest of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne lineup. With the 550-horsepower turbocharged 4.8L engine, they can reach a top speed of 176 mph and will go from zero to 60 in 4.1 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new).
All 2018 Porsche Cayenne models come with standard all-wheel drive, allowing you to go off the beaten path. The available traction management and hill control systems add to the Cayenne's off-road abilities.
The Cayenne S is one step above the base model of the Porsche Cayenne. On 2018 models, the S adds a more powerful 420-hp 3.6L turbocharged engine (up from 300 hp on the base model), front and rear parking sensors, a power driver's seat, and more.
Yes. The 2018 base, S, GTS, and Turbo Cayenne models can preemptively lock the variable clutch plate differential. This happens through the traction management system, or the driver can select to lock it.
Carmine Red (not available on Platinum models)
Carrara White Metallic
Jet Black Metallic
Meteor Grey Metallic (not available on Platinum models)
Moonlight Blue Metallic (not available on Platinum models)
Palladium Metallic (not available on Platinum models)
Rhodium Silver Metallic
Black/Luxor Beige (not available on Turbo or Turbo S trim)
Black/Rhodium Silver (GTS model only)
Saddle Brown/Luxor Beige
The 2018 Porsche Cayenne is luxurious, with a quiet and well-appointed interior featuring leather seating and soft carpets as standard. The GTS boasts exclusive upholstery and seats that are as comfortable as they are sporty. To boost the luxury, look for the Turbo S trim, which adds two-tone leather seating, carbon fiber details, and a leather dashboard. Jump up to Platinum if you'd like heated front seats for maximum comfort on chilly winter days.
The 2018 Porsche Cayenne rear outboard seats each have a full set of LATCH connectors (two lower anchors, one tether anchor), while the middle seat is tether only. The generous cabin means that a wide range of front- and rear-facing convertible seats, infant seats, and child booster seats can be accommodated.
The 2018 Porsche Cayenne may be a midsize SUV, but it's a sports car at heart. All-wheel drive comes standard for better grip through the corners; this is backed up with snug front seats. If you want race-car-like handling, look at the Turbo model, which has adaptive sports seats, active aerodynamics, active air suspension, and active suspension management. All this means you'll be able to get a zero-to-60 time of just 4.1 seconds from the 4.8L turbocharged engine (according to the manufacturer, when new). That same engine will achieve an EPA-estimated 17 mpg combined.
If thrifty performance is more your style, look at the base 3.6L engine, which has an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined.
According to EPA estimates, the AWD 2018 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 261 grams per mile.
According to EPA estimates, the AWD 2018 Porsche Cayenne base trim model's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 432 grams per mile.
According to EPA estimates, the AWD 2018 Porsche Cayenne S trim model's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 452 grams per mile.
According to EPA estimates, the AWD 2018 Porsche Cayenne Platinum trim model's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 453 grams per mile.
According to EPA estimates, the AWD 2018 Porsche Cayenne GTS trim model's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 476 grams per mile.
According to EPA estimates, the AWD 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S trim models' tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are both 536 grams per mile.
These estimates are based on a brand-new model. Visit fueleconomy.gov for more details.
2011–2018 Porsche Cayenne (Second Generation)
In 2011, the Porsche Cayenne got a sportier look that was further upgraded in 2015. This year also saw the arrival of the E-Hybrid model. While a diesel engine was available for much of the Cayenne's second generation, it was discontinued in 2018.
2019-Present Porsche Cayenne (Third Generation)
Totally redesigned for its third generation, the Cayenne received a facelift with a subtle new look. All engines also became turbocharged, with a 335-horsepower 3.0L turbo as standard. A sleeker version of the Cayenne was also released—the four-seat Coupe model is a sportier-looking SUV that leans on Porsche's motorsport heritage.