2008 Porsche Cayenne

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Key Specs
Our Take
Safety & Recalls
Warranty & CPO
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Key Specs

of the 2008 Porsche Cayenne. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Turbo's performance
  • Standard power liftgate
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard stability system

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Hefty curb weight
  • Manual transmission not offered with V-8s

Notable Features of the 2008 Porsche Cayenne

  • Restyled for 2008
  • V-6, V-8 or twin-turbo V-8
  • Standard 4WD
  • Optional active suspension

2008 Cayenne Video

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Latest 2008 Cayenne Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value For The Money

What Drivers Are Saying


Cayenne Turbo? Yes Please

by Loriekeys from Florida on October 18, 2018

So you like fine automobiles, yet you need to haul around people because you're in real estate, have dogs(or kids - same thing but dogs are cleaner), and also need to tow your boat and/or race car ... Read full review


A lot of car, few others can match

by JonBearPig from Los Angeles, CA on October 16, 2018

One of the few vehicles you can drive up to the mountains, to the race track, tow an Airstream, off-road, and to a fancy dinner. Probably won't win in all these categories, but no other car but a ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2008 Porsche Cayenne currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2008 Porsche Cayenne has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Cayenne received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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