Porsche Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne receives a lot of attention. Originally, the Cayenne got looks of trepidation. The public and the automotive industry wondered how well the engineers from Porsche would be able to pull off an SUV. While not perfect, the Cayenne holds its own in almost every category.

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Porsche Cayenne Origins

People who don’t even appreciate cars recognize the Porsche name. It seems like for as long as there has been an automotive industry, there has been Porsche leading the way in exotic, well-built cars. The true history differs a little. The founder of Porsche, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, actually spent most of his life working for other auto manufacturers. He could claim Daimler, Volkswagen, and Mercedes on his resume. During his father’s incarceration for war crimes following World War II, Porsche began to design race cars, as well as the first sports car, to keep the family company going.

The 365 marks the first notable car to come out of the imagination of Ferdinand Porsche and the company. This car made a revolutionary change in the auto industry. When the 365 began to win car races and make a name, Porsche knew it had a hit. The company’s design and engineering genius continued with the introduction of the 911 model, and Porsche has been going strong since. The company finally experienced a hiccup in the early 1990s, but thanks to strong leadership the company staved off sale.

Porsche added the Cayenne and other models to its lineup over the years with a great deal of success.

About the Porsche Cayenne

In addition to being a unique design for Porsche, the Cayenne has some very interesting distinguishing features. The exterior of the SUV looks curved and somewhat bulbous, giving the vehicle a unique look among the often boxy SUV class. The overall look is elegant and a little whimsical at the same time. Like all of Porsche’s car lines, the Cayenne boasts an impressive design under the hood and offers plenty of power and precision driving.

Strangely enough, the Cayenne doesn’t offer a lot of cargo room. For this reason, and a few others, it fails to be the most efficient family or sportsman vehicle.

Porsche Cayenne Features

Porsche offers its popular Cayenne SUV line again for the 2012 model year. The 2011 edition marks the beginning of the second generation of this model, and the 2012 version offers only a few changes from the previous year. With this model, Porsche adds a blind spot warning system. On some trim levels, this year’s model also comes with the option of carbon-ceramic brake discs.

The engineers from Porsche have chosen to equip the Cayenne with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine for the base models. This motor pairs up with a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive. The upgraded trim levels feature a 4.8-liter V-8 engine coupled with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. With this SUV, Porsche certainly doesn’t keep things small and tame.

On the inside, Porsche went for luxury in the cabin and succeeded. All of the accents and panels, as well as the upholstery, for the interior of the Cayenne represent the finest in quality. The leather upholstery feels soft and supple. Interested buyers can also expect to see plenty of wood accents and trim around the interior of the vehicle.

Porsche Cayenne Evolution

The first generation of the Porsche Cayenne debuted in 2003 and lasted until the 2010 model year. This SUV weighs a bit more and measures a touch smaller than the current generation. While Porsche no more intends this generation for heavy use than the second generation, Porsche equips these models with all-wheel drive. Also like the current generation, the original Cayenne designs are among the fastest and best-handling SUVs made. Drivers enjoy the precision mechanics and easy handling one can expect from the Cayenne.

Naturally, Porsche designs the Cayenne to be as impressive on the inside as on the outside. It uses materials of the best quality. The driver and front passenger stay comfortable in plush bucket seats. The rear seat fails to meet expectations for size and comfort from a traditional midsize SUV. The first generation of the Cayenne also lacks in the cargo space department. This SUV focuses on performance and looks rather than function. Also note that for the 2007 model year, Porsche chose not to offer the Cayenne line.

Select a Porsche Cayenne Year

2012 Porsche Cayenne

Hybrid, SUV, Utility/Offroad


The Porsche Cayenne SUV was extensively revamped in 2011 and thus there are few changes for model year 2012, most of them new options. The 2012 Porsche Cayenne has available HID headlights with black trim, sport tailpipes, contrasting stitching, and mahogany trim.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $46,306

MPG
15-25
Seats
5

2011 Porsche Cayenne

Hybrid, SUV, Utility/Offroad


Pretty much everything has been revised. The 2011 Cayenne is lower in height, about 400 pounds lighter, structurally stiffer, more fuel-efficient, boasts a revamped cabin (looking very much like that of the Panamera), and sports a new, optional 8-speed automatic transmission. Green-friendly features include Automatic Start Stop (which shuts off the engine when the vehicle stops) and the new S Hybrid model.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $40,609

MPG
15-24
Seats
5

2010 Porsche Cayenne
ESTIMATED RESALE: $28,012

MPG
12-20
Seats
5

2009 Porsche Cayenne
ESTIMATED RESALE: $22,105

MPG
12-20
Seats
5

2008 Porsche Cayenne

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The 2008 Porsche Cayenne is a good SUV for sports-car lovers.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $18,968

MPG
12-20
Seats
5

2006 Porsche Cayenne

SUV, Utility/Offroad


Best-known for its world-class sports cars, Porsche provides a late and seemingly unlikely entrant into the competitive sport utility vehicle (SUV) class with the 2006 Porsche Cayenne.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $13,316

MPG
N/A
Seats
5

2005 Porsche Cayenne

SUV, Utility/Offroad


Porsche unveiled its first V-6 Cayenne in 2004, and offers some improvements for the 2005 Porsche Cayenne.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $12,603

MPG
14-20
Seats
5

2004 Porsche Cayenne

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The 2004 Porsche Cayenne provides the second edition of the brand’s sport utility vehicle.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $11,331

MPG
13-19
Seats
5

2003 Porsche Cayenne
ESTIMATED RESALE: $11,033

MPG
N/A
Seats
5

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