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2018 Porsche Cayenne KBB Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating 8.9 / 10
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor


In the elite world of high-performance luxury SUVs, it’s hard to beat what the 2018 Porsche Cayenne is offering. After 15 years in production, the Cayenne just seems to improve with age, and even with an all-new 2019 Cayenne waiting in the wings, the 2018 model is still every bit the equal of rivals like the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and Land Rover Range Rover Sport. Porsche being Porsche, the Cayenne is offered in a number of variations, ranging from the eco-friendly Cayenne S E-Hybrid plug-in to the 570-horsepower Turbo S, the latter a decidedly un-eco-friendly choice. Of course, Porsche does luxury as well as it does performance, so buyers can expect nearly unlimited choices when it comes to interior configuration, color and content.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a 5-passenger SUV that thinks it’s a 2-passenger sports car, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne has your name written all over it. From its varied engine offerings to its impressive luxury options, the Cayenne is designed to delight anyone lucky enough to drive one, and impress all of those watching.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Not everyone can afford a 6-figure SUV. For those a little less well off, a more affordable performance-luxury SUV such as the 7-passenger Infiniti QX60, Audi Q7 or Acura MDX might be more prudent. The cost of maintenance for the Cayenne can also be eye-popping.

What's New for 2018

With an all-new Cayenne waiting to debut this fall, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne carries over largely unchanged. 

Driving It Driving Impressions

The word "slow" has never been used to describe a Porsche Cayenne. Neither have the words “uncomfortable” or “imprecise” or “unrefined.” Cayennes are simply impressive from behind the wheel. Each is a blast to drive. In fact, even the Cayenne S E-Hybrid is a bona-fide hoot, zipping to 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds, yet returning an estimated 47 MPGe in hybrid electric mode. The Porsche Cayenne GTS, with its turbocharged V6, rockets from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The 570-horsepower Turbo S hits 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds. That’s crazy quick. However, there's much more to the Cayenne than outright speed. Cornering precision is beyond what you should rightfully expect from any SUV, and the 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission is tuned to perfection. And it’s all delivered with the refinement of a world-class luxury car.

Favorite Features

PORSCHE TORQUE VECTORING PLUS
By sending additional power to the outside wheel while cornering, Porsche’s Torque Vectoring Plus helps improve the Cayenne’s agility as well as its grip on the pavement. Combined with an advanced suspension setup, Torque Vectoring Plus is a big reason why this SUV doesn’t drive like an SUV.

CERAMIC COMPOSITE BRAKES
When a vehicle can go as fast as a Porsche Cayenne, it’s nice to know the stopping power of ceramic brakes is an option. Ceramic brakes provide better stopping power, less fade and longer rotor life. In the case of the Cayenne, they also come with pretty bright yellow calipers and a $9,000 price tag.


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