2012 Porsche Cayenne

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9 reviews
Available Price Range $24,149-$55,169 Trims3 Combined MPG 18-19 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2012 Porsche Cayenne

Our Take

The all-wheel-drive Porsche Cayenne was redesigned last year. Along with new exterior and interior styling, the Cayenne came with a sliding backseat, increased power and better mileage in all vers... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Stick shift on base model only
  • Premium gas required
  • Modest acceleration with V-6
  • Hybrid favors power over mileage

Notable Features

  • Base 300-hp V-6
  • V-8 optional
  • New power kit for Cayenne Turbo adds 40 hp
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Standard six-speed manual
  • eight-speed automatic optional
  • Hybrid version


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in August 2010 about the 2011 Porsche Cayenne. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2012, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.In its first full redesign since the model's 2003 debut, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne is quicker, larger, roomier, more efficient and ric... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.2 out of 5

Based on 9 reviews

Incredible car

by DougBalt from Baltimore on March 5, 2012

Happily owned a number of BMWs and was ready for a change. I am thoroughly excited every time I get in the car. Everything about it is awesome...the controls, systems, drive, comfort. A grand slam.

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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