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2011 Porsche Cayenne Review

More than an SUV, a king's carriage on high-performance steroids

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
All-new this model year, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne is a luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) that has been greatly improved all the way around. Powered by a 3.6-liter V-6, a 4.8-liter V-8, or a 4.8L twin-turbo V-8, paired to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, the all-wheel drive Porsche Cayenne is lighter than ever and has lots of cargo room.

As the first hybrid offered by Porsche, the Cayenne S has a 3.0-liter V-6 supercharged engine that offers 333 horsepower, while the additional electric motor adds 47 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. With the Cayenne E Plus mode, you can get 40 mph from the battery. The Turbo boasts 500 horsepower and goes 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. Fuel economy is in the 15 mpg city / 22 mpg highway range, and the safety systems are top notch.

New for 2011

For 2011, just about everything has been revised on the Porsche Cayenne. It is lower in height, about 400 pounds lighter, structurally stiffer, and more fuel efficient. It boasts a revamped cabin and a new, optional 8-speed automatic transmission. Environmentally friendly features include Automatic Start Stop, which shuts off the engine at stops, and the new S Hybrid trim.


Body Style: SUV
Engines: 3.6L V-6, 4.8L V-8, 4.8L twin-turbo V-8, 3.0L supercharged V-6 plus electric motor
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic
Trims: Base Sport Utility, S Sport Utility, S Hybrid Sport Utility, Turbo Sport Utility

On the Outside

Smoothly reshaped, the Porsche Cayenne is racier than ever, sporting a new power dome on the hood, a particularly aggressive grille, and broader, more muscular rear shoulders.

From the Inside

The 2011 Porsche Cayenne features a luxurious combination of leather, aluminum trim, and an array of standard and optional electronic conveniences.

Driving Performance

The Porsche Cayenne is much like a sports car. The base six-cylinder trim offers only 300 horsepower, but the V-8 S trim churns out 400 horsepower, and the Turbo burns it up with 500 horsepower.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety systems on the Porsche Cayenne include a standard tire-pressure monitoring system including electric compressor, a driver's knee air bag, front-side air bags, and side curtain bags for both rows, while rear-side air bags are optional.

Gas Mileage

Cayenne: N/A
Cayenne S: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
Cayenne Turbo: 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway
Cayenne Hybrid: N/A


  • Sports car type handling
  • Gorgeous cabin
  • Prodigious off-road prowess


  • Price tag with options
  • V-6 engine performance


More than an SUV, a king's carriage on high-performance steroids

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