Used 2016 Porsche Cayenne SUV
Porsche Cayenne SUV
Porsche upgrades the Cayenne Turbo S model, and returns the Cayenne GTS to the 2016 Porsche Cayenne lineup this year with turbo V6 power.
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2016 Porsche Cayenne KBB Expert Review
The 2016 Porsche Cayenne leaves no doubt that anything wearing a Porsche badge lives up to the brand's dominating performance capabilities. After introducing the eco-friendly Cayenne S E- Hybrid plug-in last year, Porsche introduces two new performance versions of the Cayenne. The new Cayenne Turbo S offers up 570 horsepower from its twin-turbo V8, giving it performance well beyond what you'd expect for a vehicle its size and weight. The new Porsche Cayenne GTS uses a new turbocharged V6 engine, but don't worry, it too can keep up with the big boys. Add to the mix tons of luxury features and enviable curbside cachet, and the Porsche Cayenne is easily a match for competitors like the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, BMW X5 and Mercedes M-Class.
You'll Like This Car If...
For 2016 Porsche’s Cayenne combines performance, style, luxury and cutting-edge technology in an SUV that's simultaneously exclusive and functional. The S E-Hybrid and diesel will burnish your green credentials, while the new Cayenne Turbo S and Cayenne GTS will blow your neighbors into the weeds.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Part of the reason the Porsche Cayenne SUV remains exclusive is because of its price, high even by well-to-do standards. The Acura MDX and Infiniti QX60 can coddle your family for half the price, or get an Audi Q7 or Mercedes-Benz GL-Class if you need an impressive badge.
What's New for 2016
This year sees an upgraded Porsche Cayenne Turbo S with more horsepower, and a new Cayenne GTS, now sporting a turbocharged V6 engine.
We haven't driven the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, but with a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds, the word "slow" wasn't anywhere near our impression of last year's model. In fact, even the Cayenne S E-Hybrid is a bona fide blast to drive, zipping to 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds, but still returning an estimated 47 mpge in hybrid electric mode. The new Porsche Cayenne GTS, with its turbocharged V6 engine, splits the difference with a 0-60-mph time of about 4.4 seconds. However, keep in mind that there's more to the Cayenne than outright speed. Cornering precision is beyond what you should rightfully expect from any SUV. The 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission fires off shifts in milliseconds, obviating the need for any manual option. Then there's the Cayenne Diesel, with its copious torque and near 30 mpg on the highway, making it the most livable of the Cayenne family.
PORSCHE TORQUE VECTORING PLUS
Part of the reason the Porsche Cayenne doesn't feel like a ponderous SUV is the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system. By sending more power to the outside wheel when rounding turns, PTV Plus helps the Cayenne around corners, and helps you forget that you're driving an SUV.
CERAMIC COMPOSITE BRAKES
If you plan on driving your Cayenne as hard as Porsche expects you to, then you'll want the better stopping power, less fade and longer rotor life...not to mention the bright yellow brake hardware. Besides, what's an extra $9,000 at this point, right?
Porsche's interior design aesthetic is, simply put, beautiful. There's sumptuous, finely stitched leather mixed with real wood and metal accents. It's what you'll find in newer 911s, as well as the Panamera sedan. Rear passengers aren't forgotten, with a sliding and reclining seat and a pair of LCD screens in the front headrests. However, while the interior’s pretty, the numerous buttons, switches and knobs can be confusing, and not all of that confusion evaporates with familiarity, especially when it comes to using the navigation system. Regardless, there are few nicer interiors, and fewer still with this much cargo room.
One glance, and you immediately notice two things about the 2016 Porsche Cayenne. First is the abundance of muscular curves hinting at the Cayenne's speed-and-performance mission. Second, those curves all blend into an unmistakably Porsche brand identity. A quick field guide to identifying Cayenne models focuses on the brakes: black calipers denote the Diesel model, silver the Cayenne S and Cayenne S E-Hybrid, and red the high-performance Turbo and GTS models. Turbo S models get the yellow ceramic brake option standard; it's available elsewhere in the lineup. Turbo models get four exhaust pipes and a large trapezoidal grille.
Notable Standard Equipment
You can have your 2016 Porsche Cayenne in seven ways: There's the base Cayenne, then the Diesel, S, S E-Hybrid, GTS, Turbo and Turbo S models. All Cayenne models come with all-wheel drive (AWD), water-repellent front side windows, a height-adjustable power liftgate, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a 10-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch screen. All Cayenne models come with a fuel-saving start/stop function that shuts off the engine at a stop and restarts it when the brake pedal is released. On the safety side, there are six airbags, a full suite of electronic stability aids, and roadside assistance while under warranty.
Notable Optional Equipment
The Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control lets Porsche Cayenne owners take their SUV's handling to the next level. It adjusts the anti-roll bars in real time to add stiffness to the suspension in response to conditions and whatever drive mode you have selected. A 1,000-watt, 16-speaker Burmester audio system is available for audiophiles, and in-vehicle connectivity includes an Aha Radio smartphone application, which offers a variety of customizable news, music and social networking services. Of course, there's also that $9,000 brake system.
Under the Hood
All 2016 Porsche Cayenne models come standard with an 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. However, there are seven distinct engines to choose from. The standard Cayenne comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine offering 300 horsepower; we think it's worth the extra money to make the stretch to the turbocharged versions, either the 420-horsepower Cayenne S or the 440-horsepower Cayenne GTS. The Cayenne Diesel offers a highly efficient, torque-rich turbocharged V6, while the Cayenne S E-Hybrid employs a 333-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 coupled to a synchronous electric motor, which adds another 95 horsepower to the total. At the top of the line are the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S delivering a whopping 520 and 570 horsepower, respectively, from a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8.
300 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/24 mpg
3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (Cayenne S)
420 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
406 lb-ft of torque @ 1,350-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg
3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (Cayenne GTS)
440 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
442 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg
3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 (Cayenne Diesel)
240 horsepower @ 3,500-4,000 rpm
406 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 mpg
3.0-liter supercharged V6 + electric motor (Cayenne S E-Hybrid)
416 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm (net system horsepower)
435 lb-ft of torque @ 1,250-4,000 rpm (net system torque)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22 mpg (combined), 47 mpge in pure electric mode
4.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (Cayenne Turbo)
520 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
553 lb-ft of torque @ 2,250-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/21 mpg
4.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (Cayenne Turbo S)
570 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
590 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/21
Add in the $995 destination charge, and the base 2016 Porsche Cayenne starts with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) a bit over $59,000; diesels a bit above $63,000, and the Cayenne S just under the $76,000 mark. Cayenne S E-Hybrid models are a bit more at just above $78,000. The three high-performance models up the price considerably, with the new Cayenne GTS starting at about $96,500, the Cayenne Turbo a bit under $115,000, and the new Cayenne Turbo S at about $158,200. Those prices are higher than BMW and Mercedes-Benz rivals, but slightly less than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, at least at the low end. Be sure to check KBB.com’s Fair Purchase Price below to see what others in your area are currently paying, and at resale time, the Cayenne should do well, but not quite as well as the BMW X5 and the 7-Passenger Audi Q7.
Porsche Cayenne Consumer Reviews
December 09, 2018
Traded in my 2011 cayenne for Brand new 2016 with every option imaginable. The one option I like the most is the extra large sun roof....
October 22, 2018
SUV drives like a car... LOVE it!
I have the 2018 platinum edition. With 300 hp, the pick-up on the Cayenne is not as good as other Porsche models, but is a whole lot...
July 09, 2018
Best of Both Worlds - Cayenne Diesel
Porsche and a diesel engine seems opposed, but it is not. The V6 turbo diesel is more than adequate to move the Cayenne to 60 in just...
May 09, 2018
Excellent for daily driving, very safe & fast
This is a very nice daily car and the correct size of SUV. We are using it as a family car in a daily basis for more than 5 years....
March 27, 2018
Love this suv! Handles great, looks great
always get complimented on it. Door men everywhere ask me to give the vehicle to them!
April 26, 2017
All smiles All Cayenne S
If you have a choice this is a great beginner Porsche. Its fast, its beautiful, it super modern. This is the one to get before you get...
December 18, 2016
Beautiful and great in snow and ice
I have owned my 2016 "platinum" V6 for only 3 months but have driven it through typically awful Minnesota weather. It is fabulous (with...
September 26, 2016
We love our Cayenne Diesel. It has great power and gets amazing gas mileage. I get better mileage towing 6,000 pounds then I did in my...
May 24, 2016
SUV that thinks it's a sports car
2014 Turbo S. Bought used with under 2K miles; now at a little over 10K. Black/black/carbon fiber. Summer tires: 21" PZeroes. Winter...
April 29, 2016
CAYENNE TURBO BEST SUV IN THE PLANET
I have read some reviews on Cayennes and quite frankly if you are not willing to spend the money and load it then don't complain. If you...