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2012 Porsche Cayenne SUV

2012 Porsche Cayenne Review

(0 Stars)  A slimmer and sleeker SUV.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
The Porsche Cayenne remains problematic from a brand purist's point of view: it's too big, too mass-market, too similar to other products from the Volkswagen Group (in this sense, it's a harbinger of the future). For the luxury SUV buyer unburdened by such philosophical concerns, however, the Cayenne is a compelling vehicle. With last year's redesign, the Cayenne looks much trimmer--and it is. An aluminum-intensive structure and a revised all-wheel-drive system shave up to 400 pounds from the previous Cayenne, depending on options. There are, of course, lots of options, from four powertrains to $2330 painted air-conditioning vents. The Hybrid achieves 20/23 mpg thanks to the 47-hp electric motor paired with its Audi-sourced 3.0-liter V-6, but it suffers from the dynamic pitfalls typical of this technology, including unnatural-feeling brakes. We hope the Cayenne diesel, headed to our market later this year, will serve up efficiency with fewer compromises. Those who don't really care about fuel efficiency in their German luxury crossover can opt for the 500-hp, 4.8-liter twin-turbo V-8, which makes the Cayenne Turbo feel far more agile than the previous version. The interior, even without those fancy A/C vents, will please even the pickiest luxury customers. The cornucopia of buttons on the center console may confound drivers at first, but they become rather intuitive over time.

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2012 Cayenne Base Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.6L V 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 15 MPG city, 22 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 403 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
22.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 300 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 295 ft lb of torque @ 3,000 rpm

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'12 Porsche SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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Knee Air Bag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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DVD Entertainment
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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