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2021 Porsche Cayenne

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Porsche Cayenne highlights

Customer reviews

5 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

3 out of 5


  • Plenty of model choices, including the more stylish Cayenne Coupe
  • Excellent interior functionality and connectivity


  • Too many costly options
  • Limited electric-only range with both plug-in hybrids

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 23 highway, 20 combined

Pricing for current inventory

(no current inventory)


Porsche expands Cayenne range with the addition of the GTS for 2021

Porsche is sticking to its proven formula with the 2021 Cayenne, adding more models to the lineup to offer customers every conceivable type of Cayenne experience, whether in the conventional SUV shape or as the more stylish Cayenne Coupe. For 2021 that means adding the Cayenne GTS, a more purposeful, driver-focused model with a bounty of standard equipment that cherry-picks desirable options like an enhanced suspension, sportier seats, and a V8 engine.

The rest of the Cayenne range remains much the same as it has since its 2019 introduction, so there’s now a base, E-Hybrid, S, GTS, Turbo, and Turbo S E-Hybrid. The highest performance model, surprisingly, is the plug-in hybrid, the Turbo S E-Hybrid, which uses an electric motor and turbocharged V8 to offer 670 hp. The usual compromises apply, so you won’t find as much space in any Cayenne as you might in a BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, or Range Rover Sport, but none of these rivals offer the driver-focused appeal of Porsche’s impressive SUV.

All Porsche Cayenne years

New for 2021

  • The Cayenne is available in a new trim called the GTS.
  • The Turbo S trim has been discontinued for 2021.
  • Blind Spot Monitor features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Base trim now comes with Rear Seat Heaters and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment.
  • The Turbo trim now comes with Auxiliary Audio Input as standard equipment.
  • The Turbo Coupe trim now comes with Adjustable Suspension, Rear View Camera, Parking Sensors, Smart Key, Rear Air Conditioning, Rear Spoiler, AM/FM Stereo, Auxiliary Audio Input, Bluetooth Technology, and CD Audio as standard equipment.
  • The Coupe trim now comes with Rear View Camera, Parking Sensors, Leatherette Seats, Smart Key, Rear Air Conditioning, Rear Spoiler, and CD Audio as standard equipment.
  • The S Coupe trim now comes with Parking Sensors, Rear View Camera, Leatherette Seats, Smart Key, Rear Air Conditioning, Rear Spoiler, and CD Audio as standard equipment.

Explore Porsche Cayenne details

Coupe 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
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine

Optional Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Burmester Audio
  • DVD Video System
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Rear A/C Seat(s)
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Running Boards
  • Seat Massagers
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch

Drive type


Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

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Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

770/7700 lbs.



5 reasons to buy the 2021 Porsche Cayenne

1. Audio choices

2021 Porsche Cayenne Review: Cell | CarMax

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne's impressive 10-speaker sound system is what you'd expect from this premium brand. If you're a committed audiophile, however, Porsche has two available options that you'll want to look out for. A 14-speaker Bose® audio system (including a subwoofer) is an option for the base, S, and GTS trims, and comes standard on the Turbo trim. For the ultimate in crystal-clear audio, the 21-speaker Burmester® 3D sound system is an option for all trims with 21 individually controlled speakers and Auro 3D® technology.

2. Powertrain options

2021 Porsche Cayenne Review: Engine | CarMax

Porsche is known for its sports cars, and the 2021 Porsche Cayenne SUV is no exception with a choice of five engine options, including two hybrid powertrains. In fact, it's the Turbo S e-Hybrid that tops out these powerful drivetrains, combining a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 gasoline engine with a plug-in hybrid electric motor to deliver 670 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. Great news if you're looking for a blend of power, technology, and torque.

3. Stunning interior

2021 Porsche Cayenne Review: Dashboard | CarMax

The deluxe interior of a Porsche Cayenne doesn't disappoint. Standard features such as four-way headrests and four USB ports spoil passengers, whichever trim you decide on. What makes a Porsche feel so personal, though, are the available extras that make you feel at home as soon as you slip into your car at the end of your workday. If you love having information immediately available, there's a head-up display so you never have to take your eyes off the road. The option of heated, massaging, or ventilated front seating means the driver and front passenger have every reason to love a Cayenne journey, no matter the conditions or distance.

4. The new GTS edition

An exhilarating Cayenne SUV with a motorsport feel? Yes, please. The mid-range GTS model is new for 2021 and promises to be one for thrill-seekers. Driven by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine, and fitted with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+) to enhance terrain dynamics and stability, this is a stand-alone trim that was made to stand out. The GTS sport design exterior package features 21-inch satin black RS Spyder alloy wheels, while front-row passengers can enjoy leather sports seats with center panel Race-Tex upholstery.

5. Stunning color palette

2021 Porsche Cayenne Review: Exterior | CarMax

Making a statement but with no need to shout, the always-elite 2021 Porsche Cayenne has 12 exterior paint finishes to choose from including a new special edition, Carmine Red. Also available is a selection of metallic finishes that dazzle and glow, bringing a sense of excitement to some otherwise classy but low-key hues. The soft plush finishing and leather upholstery of the 2021 Cayenne interior is a deluxe affair, with Bordeaux Red leather as an available add-on option to consider when you're shopping.

Similar vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Porsche Cayenne, you should also check out these similar vehicles from Previous generation years.

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is a luxury SUV that delivers a smooth ride and premium materials in a spacious vehicle. The 2017-2019 GLE is powered by a standard 302-hp V6 (329-hp for 2019) and features optional all-wheel drive. Two twin-turbo V6 engine options are available, with one featuring additional power via an electric motor. AMG performance trims are also available for 2017-2019, with twin turbocharged V6 and V8 engine options.

In 2020, Mercedes updated the GLE for its fourth generation with a new 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine making 255 horsepower. A 3.0L turbo V6 and a 4.0L turbo V8 also entered the revised lineup, both with a mild hybrid system and 362 hp and 483 hp, respectively.

Standard features on 2017-2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class models include:

  • Premium vinyl upholstery

  • LED daytime running lights and taillights

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • Eight-inch display (12.3-inch touchscreen for 2020+)

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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2021 Porsche Cayenne trims

More about the 2021 Porsche Cayenne

Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Black

  • Carmine Red

  • Carrara White Metallic

  • Cashmere Beige Metallic

  • Chalk

  • Dolomite Silver Metallic

  • Jet Black Metallic

  • Lava Orange

  • Mahogany Metallic

  • Moonlight Blue Metallic

  • Quartzite Grey Metallic

  • White

Interior details

  • 27.2 feet of cargo space (22.7 feet for the 2021 Cayenne Turbo trim)

  • Seating for up to five passengers

  • 12.3-inch central touch screen with navigation

  • Front and rear cupholders

  • Split-fold and recline rear seating


The 2021 Porsche Cayenne has not yet been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

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