2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Overview
The 2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid delivers a hybrid luxury SUV that’s easier on the environment without sacrificing performance behind the wheel. The Cayenne Hybrid scores high marks for its styling and interior quality, and for the roomy sliding backseat.
The Cayenne Hybrid has less standard features than other SUVs in its price range, such as the Cadillac Escalade, but the Cayenne outperforms the competition in driving performance, and has better speed and handling than the Lexus RX 450h and the Acura MDX, and gets better gas mileage than the BMW X5.
The Cayenne Hybrid gets 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, an improvement over the gas-powered Cayenne models, due to its parallel full hybrid drive system with a 333-horsepower, 3.0-liter, V-6 hybrid gasoline engine, 34kW electric motor, and 288-volt hybrid battery, which together provide the Cayenne Hybrid with a net 380-horsepower.
The eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic S manual shift control automatically adapts to driving style for maximum performance behind the wheel, and the auto start/stop system maximizes fuel economy by shutting the engine off at idle. Options include adaptive cruise control and active suspension management, to adapt to driving conditions for greater car control and improved comfort and safety.
The 2012 Cayenne Hybrid seats five. Standard interior features include 12-way adjustable grained leather seats with four-way lumbar support, rear passenger bench seating with a 40/20/40 split-folding capability, and the bench slides forward or back by about six inches, providing more passenger or cargo room. Optional memory packages maintains seat, exterior mirror, lighting preferences, and steering column settings for driver and front passenger. Driver and front passenger seat and steering wheel heating, and front seat ventilation are also available, as are adaptive sport seats with 18-way electrical adjustment settings.
Other options available for the 2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid include remote key entry and start, heated windscreen, a reversing camera with park assist, and a sport-steering wheel with paddles. A 12-speaker stereo is standard, and optional audio and communication features include six-CD/DVD autochanger, Burmester or Bose surround sound, satellite radio, and Bluetooth.
The Cayenne Hybrid features an electric slide/tilt moonroof as a standard feature, and a panorama roof system is available, providing an open-top driving feel for front and rear passengers with a total surface area of over 15 square feet. The top-hinged tailgate has an independently opening rear-window, which is operable by remote key fob. The all-season tires and 18-inch Cayenne S III wheels come standard, and other wheel options up to 21 inches are available.
The Cayenne chassis offers driver and passenger protection via a safety cage structure that channels impact energy away from the occupants. Front airbags include a driver knee airbag, side airbags in the front seats, integrated roof airbags, and thorax side airbags for the rear passengers. Child safety seating for the Cayenne may be purchased through Porsche, and feature removable cloth covers.
Though the 2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid lacks an abundance of standard features for the price, the comfort and driving performance one can expect from a Porsche are reason enough to consider this luxury hybrid SUV.