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12 of 13 (92%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Porsche Cayenne Overview
When it first debuted, the Porsche Cayenne was met with skepticism – why was Porsche, a maker of sports cars, trying to make an SUV? And who would buy it? Those questions have been buried, as the Cayenne has been one of Porsche’s top-selling models and has proved itself to be one of the best SUVs on the market today.
Equally comfortable on- and off-road, the 2013 Cayenne adds two all-new trims for the new model year, one an efficient, torque-happy diesel (Cayenne Diesel) and the other a performance oriented model (Cayenne GTS) that slides in between the Cayenne S and the Cayenne Turbo. All in all, this means there are now seven different Cayenne models to choose from: Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Hybrid (covered separately on this site), Cayenne GTS, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Turbo S, and Cayenne diesel.
The Cayenne’s styling was updated in 2011. It’s a sleek look, with familiar Porsche headlamps and a sleek body that looks modern, but less muscular than a traditional SUV. A rear spoiler is standard as are 18-inch wheels (19-, 20-, and 21-inch wheels are optional).
Under the hood, the Cayenne offers various engine options divided by trim level. Base Cayenne models are powered by a 300-hp, 3.6-liter V-6. Cayenne S models get a 400-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 that is tuned up to 420-hp in the GTS. The Cayenne Turbo features a turbocharged version of that V-8 which makes 500-hp, while the Turbo S gets a modified version of that engine making 550-hp. Finally, the Cayenne Diesel receives a 240-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. The base Cayenne offers your choice of a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic, while the V-8 and Diesel models only offer the automatic. Automatic gasoline models get fuel-saving start/stop technology. Every Cayenne features all-wheel drive.
Inside, the Cayenne got serious upgrades in its redesign which carries over into the 2013 model. One of our favorite interior features, the handles at the bottom of the center console, are still there flanking a long center console that bleeds from the dashboard all the way down to the armrests. The second row slides forward and back over 6-inches, adding extra leg room for backseat occupants or additional cargo room when that is needed. Standard features include a 7-inch touchscreen display that controls the audio system, air conditioning, HomeLink remote, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability system, driver’s knee airbag, and traction control. A blind spot warning system and adaptive cruise control are optional safety technology.