2017 Porsche Cayenne

Starting MSRP: $59,600 - $159,600

Estimated MPG: 18 city / 24 hwy

2017 Porsche Cayenne Review

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne is one of the sportiest of today’s midsize SUVs, yet it’s also versatile and luxurious, with some of the brand’s latest technologies available.

By Charles Krome
Last Updated 07/05/2017

Eight models are available for the 2017 Cayenne: Base, Platinum Edition, S, Cayenne GTS, Turbo and Turbo S, along with the plug-in hybrid S E-Hybrid and S E-Hybrid Platinum Edition. The gas-only Cayenne features a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and either a V6, a twin-turbocharged V6 or a twin-turbocharged V8 engine. All-wheel drive is standard on all trims.

The Platinum Editions are new to the lineup for 2017. These limited production models build on the base Cayenne’s list of standard equipment with unique design elements and more standard tech features. Porsche’s PCM infotainment system has also been updated, and comes standard in all 2017 Cayenne models.

Exterior

Exterior

The 2017 Cayenne fits in well with the Porsche sports car lineup, thanks in part to exterior design cues like a curved silhouette that recalls the iconic Porsche 911. The Cayenne’s front fascia has a large grille and air intakes, and they’re set off by standard bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights. Adaptive front lighting is optional, and a large roof spoiler and integrated exhaust system further emphasize the Cayenne’s athletic yet premium nature at the back of the vehicle.

Traditional and panoramic moonroofs are available, as is a heated windshield. Meanwhile, other notable advantages at the rear are a standard power liftgate and an optional retractable load sill, which reduces the liftover height into the Cayenne’s cargo area. Porsche also has a particularly wide range of wheels for the Cayenne, ranging in sizes from 18 to 21 inches.

Interior

Interior

There’s comfortable seating for five in the 2017 Cayenne, which provides standard eight-way power-adjustability up front and a folding, 40/20/40-split bench in the rear. Uplevel trims provide additional upgrades, like the eight-way sport seats with Alcantara inserts in the GTS, and the 18-way adaptive sport seats in the Turbo S. Heated and ventilated seating is optional for both rows. For the second row, power sun shades can be ordered.

The standard multifunction steering wheel is then wrapped in leather and paired with shift paddles throughout the Cayenne lineup. A heated steering wheel and a power-adjustable steering column are available in higher Cayenne trims. This luxury SUV is also surprisingly well suited for cargo carrying, since 23.7 cubic feet of storage is standard behind the rear seats. Folding the second row expands that space to 62.9 cubic feet.

Performance

Performance

The 2017 Cayenne shows its performance roots by being able to outrun the standard Porsche 911 in some configurations. At the top of the range, the Cayenne Turbo S can race from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. That’s 0.7 seconds faster than a 911 Targa 4.

The Cayenne Turbo S relies on a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 to achieve that kind of acceleration. It gets the job done with 570 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The same engine is tuned for 520 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque in the 2017 Cayenne Turbo.

In the 2017 Cayenne S and GTS, drivers get a twin-turbocharged V6 that displaces 3.6 liters. It produces 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque in the Cayenne S, while the GTS model delivers 440 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.

The standard Cayenne uses a naturally aspirated version of that V6 for 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and delivers an EPA-estimated 18/24 mpg city/highway.

Technology

Technology

Every 2017 Cayenne model has been furnished with a new infotainment system that includes improved navigation capability, handwriting recognition, voice activation and a 7-inch touch screen. Bluetooth and USB connectivity are also included, as is a 10-speaker audio system.

Available connectivity technology allows mobile Wi-Fi service and direct access to select online apps (via the owner’s compatible smartphone). Audiophiles can choose from two premium sound systems, from Bose or Burmester, while the second-row occupants can enjoy an optional rear-seat entertainment system.

Available driver-assistance technology includes a surround-view camera system, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with autonomous braking. The 2017 Cayenne supplies a standard multi-collision brake system, too, to help slow the vehicle after an initial collision and thereby reduce the risks of rolling into a second one.