Consumer Reviews Summary
9 of 11 (81%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Porsche Cayenne Overview
The 2012 Porsche Cayenne eases the dilemma of choosing between utility and performance by offering three gas powered models of its powerful five-passenger SUV (a fourth is a hybrid that is covered separately).
Introduced in 2003, the Cayenne was given its first major redesign in 2011. Only a few changes were made for 2012 models, including an available lane-change assist system that helps alert the driver of vehicles in blind spots. Porsche also made a few color and trim modifications, such as new wheel finishes and offering new seat-stitching packages.
Cayenne models are distinguished by powertrain choices. The base Cayenne starts off with a 300-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6. The Cayenne S steps up to a 400-horsepower 4.8-liter V-8, while the Cayenne Turbo adds twin turbochargers to crank out 500 horsepower.
An eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission is standard on all V-8 models and is available on the base Cayenne. All models also feature active all-wheel-drive that usually drives the rear wheels but sends power up front when needed for extra traction.
The interior takes many of its design cues from the original Carerra, with a high center console and traditional five round gauges on the instrument panel. Seats are trimmed in grained leather and rear-passenger comfort is enhanced with a sliding bench seat for extra legroom and an adjustable backrest for a relaxed seating position. A moonroof is standard on all models except the base. The standard audio system has 10 speakers and a 7-inch touchscreen color display. Sound options include a 14-speaker Bose surround sound arrangement or a 1,000-watt Burmeister premium audio that includes 16 speakers. All Cayennes come with Bluetooth®, iPod interface, and USB port. Navigation is optional.
While the Cayenne is the first four-door Porsche and provides a modicum of SUV benefits, it’s the brand’s legendary driving experience translates seamlessly to the Cayenne. Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM) is optional on all non-turbo models and gives the driver a choice of three damper-control settings. The Cayenne Turbo comes with a standard air suspension and PASM. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control is another option that actively stabilizes the vehicle throughout different roll forces.
Standard safety features include traction control, anti-lock brakes, side airbags and side-curtain airbags. Parking assist and rearview camera are optional.
The Cayenne is in the same class as the Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Audi Z7 and Lincoln MKT. Some offer more utility, towing, and off-road capability. Others may have more luxury features or a lower price. But the 2012 Porsche Cayenne is designed to impress through speed, handling, and reputation—and in those three areas it does not disappoint.