2012 Porsche Cayenne

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Key Specs of the 2012 Porsche Cayenne

Cayenne base trim shown

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

Our Take

The good

  • Styling
  • Interior quality
  • Roomy sliding backseat
  • V-8 acceleration

The bad

  • Stick shift on base model only
  • Premium gas required
  • Modest acceleration with V-6
  • Hybrid favors power over mileage
2012 Porsche Cayenne exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2012 Porsche Cayenne

  • 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

2012 Porsche Cayenne Road Test

Joe Wiesenfelder

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 richer than the previous version — and it is still very much a Porsche, on both road and track. Along with new exterior and interior styling, the Cayenne comes with a sliding backseat, increased power and, according to Porsche, better mileage in all versions. Compare the new and old generations here.

V-8-powered Cayenne S and Turbo versions are arriving at dealerships now, and the V-6 version will return this fall along with a new addition: the Cayenne Hybrid S. I'll evaluate the hybrid in a future review; here I concentrate on the Cayenne S and Turbo, which I tested. The V-6 is still in development and wasn't available to drive.

In 2003 I thought the very idea of a Porsche SUV was ill-advised. When the company made it a hefty off-road-capable model rather than a lightweight autobahn-stormer, my outlook became more dire. Wrongo: In short order, the Cayenne became Porsche's best-selling model. A year later, when Porsche announced it would sell a version powered by a six-cylinder engine — from Volkswagen, no less — again I foresaw disaster. The prospect of ... Read more

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Best Car I have ever owned!

by Royal Real Estate Florida Inc. from Naples, FL on January 23, 2018

Best Car I have ever owned! The 2012 Porsche Cayenne is sporty, safe, fun, and practical. This is a great family car, and also a great car to use for business. Plenty of passenger and cargo room. ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best Sport SUV on the market!

by TampaRed from Tampa, FL on December 11, 2017

This Porsche Cayenne is awesome! You'll forget you're driving an SUV when you put it on Sport mode. Then when you need to get the groceries or tow your boat you'll love the torque and the space and co... Read full review

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