2013 Porsche Cayenne

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Porsche Cayenne. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Styling
  • Interior quality
  • Roomy sliding backseat
  • V-8 acceleration
  • Fuel economy of diesel

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2013 Porsche Cayenne

  • New diesel engine and GTS trim
  • New high-performance Turbo S trim
  • Base 300-hp V-6
  • V-8 optional
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Standard six-speed manual
  • eight-speed automatic optional
  • Hybrid version available

2013 Porsche Cayenne Overview

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Vehicle Overview

The all-wheel-drive Porsche Cayenne was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Along with new exterior and interior styling, the Cayenne came with a sliding backseat, increased power and better mileage in all versions. A Cayenne S Hybrid is claimed to deliver the acceleration of a V-8 with the mileage of a V-6. A new Cayenne Diesel debuts for 2013. The five-seat crossover competes with the Infiniti FX, BMW X5 and Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

(Skip to details on the: Cayenne S Hybrid)

New for 2013
Porsche's first diesel engine for the U.S. makes its debut in the 2013 Cayenne SUV. With an estimated 20/28 mpg city/highway, the Cayenne Diesel should get 21 percent better fuel economy than a base Cayenne with a gas V-6 and an automatic transmission. It hits dealerships in fall 2012 with a starting price of $55,750 plus a destination charge.

Power comes from a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine that makes 406 pounds-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm. The engine works with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. Porsche cites a zero-to-60-mph time of 7.2 seconds, a top speed of 135 mph and a driving range of 740 miles, longer than most of your passengers will be willing to tolerate in one sitting.

In addition to the Cayenne Diesel, a new Cayenne GTS also debuts. The GTS is based on the Cayenne S but makes 20 hp more from its V-8 engine for a total of 420 hp, and it features a 20-millimeter lower ride height and a lower f...

Vehicle Overview

The all-wheel-drive Porsche Cayenne was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Along with new exterior and interior styling, the Cayenne came with a sliding backseat, increased power and better mileage in all versions. A Cayenne S Hybrid is claimed to deliver the acceleration of a V-8 with the mileage of a V-6. A new Cayenne Diesel debuts for 2013. The five-seat crossover competes with the Infiniti FX, BMW X5 and Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

(Skip to details on the: Cayenne S Hybrid)

New for 2013
Porsche's first diesel engine for the U.S. makes its debut in the 2013 Cayenne SUV. With an estimated 20/28 mpg city/highway, the Cayenne Diesel should get 21 percent better fuel economy than a base Cayenne with a gas V-6 and an automatic transmission. It hits dealerships in fall 2012 with a starting price of $55,750 plus a destination charge.

Power comes from a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine that makes 406 pounds-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm. The engine works with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. Porsche cites a zero-to-60-mph time of 7.2 seconds, a top speed of 135 mph and a driving range of 740 miles, longer than most of your passengers will be willing to tolerate in one sitting.

In addition to the Cayenne Diesel, a new Cayenne GTS also debuts. The GTS is based on the Cayenne S but makes 20 hp more from its V-8 engine for a total of 420 hp, and it features a 20-millimeter lower ride height and a lower final-drive ratio. The V-8 drives an eight-speed automatic that sends power to each of the wheels through an all-wheel-drive system. Its zero-to-60-mph time is 5.4 seconds, according to Porsche, with a top speed of 162 mph.

Special GTS styling cues include gloss-black trim, wider wheel arches, a hood and front end shared with the Cayenne Turbo and 20-inch wheels. Unique cabin features include sport seats with Alcantara simulated suede accents and a system that directs engine intake sounds into the passenger compartment. The Cayenne GTS arrives in August 2012 priced at $82,050 plus a destination charge.

A new Cayenne Turbo S trim gets a tuned version of the Cayenne Turbo's 4.8-liter V-8, making a powerful 550 hp and 553 pounds-feet of torque. With a zero-to-60-mph acceleration time of 4.3-seconds, the 2013 Cayenne Turbo S is Porsche's quickest SUV. Standard features include unique 21-inch wheels, advanced adaptive handling and chassis control systems, gloss-black exterior accents and an exclusive two-tone leather interior.

Exterior
The 2011 restyling produced a streamlined crossover that looks more like Porsche's cars, especially in the headlight design. Even the Turbo, which has the boldest front end with the largest air intakes, looks less exaggerated than the previous generation. The Cayenne is both lighter and longer compared with the prior generation. Exterior features include:

  • Available skid plates and underbody protection for off-roading
  • Available panoramic glass roof or tilt/sliding moonroof
  • LED taillamps
  • Standard rear spoiler
  • Standard 18-inch wheels; 19-, 20- or 21-inch wheels available

Interior
With the Cayenne's redesign, the interior was as extensively upgraded as the exterior. Rich materials, including convincing faux metals, replace surfaces that had been substandard since the model's debut. The crossover combines the previous version's signature center-mounted grab handles with a high center console that rises upward to meet the dashboard.

Backseat roominess was increased, thanks in part to seats that slide forward and back 6.3 inches, allowing passengers to choose copious legroom with less cargo volume behind the backseat or less legroom with more cargo volume than was available in the previous generation (23.7 cubic feet, up from 19.1). The 60/40-split backrests also recline in three increments. Interior features include:

  • Touch-screen dash display
  • Optional Bose or Burmester stereos
  • Optional six-CD changer

Under the Hood
A 300-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine powers the base Cayenne. The new Cayenne Diesel has a 240-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine. The S version has a 400-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 (420 hp in the GTS). The turbocharged version of this engine produces 500 hp. The high-performance Turbo S makes 550 hp. Mechanical features include:

  • Base Cayenne comes with six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Diesel and V-8 models are only available with an automatic transmission
  • Automatic-transmission models feature fuel-saving stop/start technology (except Cayenne Diesel)
  • Left-right torque vectoring and a locking differential are optional on the rear axle
  • Optional adaptive suspension
  • Optional active suspension

Safety
The Cayenne's front occupants get frontal, driver's knee and seat-mounted side-impact airbags. There are also side curtain airbags for both rows of seats. Additional safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Traction control
  • Optional blind spot warning system
  • Optional adaptive cruise control

 

Cayenne S Hybrid
The Cayenne S Hybrid combines acceleration comparable to that of the V-8-powered Cayenne S with the efficiency of a V-6, according to Porsche. It teams a 333-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with two electric motors and a 288-volt battery pack for a combined 380 hp and 428 pounds-feet of torque.

Unlike some hybrids, the Cayenne S Hybrid uses a step-gear automatic transmission, a version of the eight-speed automatic in the other Cayennes. The hybrid can accelerate up to 40 mph in electric mode, which compares to other hybrids, but it also utilizes a "sailing" mode that shuts the engine off, allowing coasting at speeds as high as 97 mph. The Cayenne S Hybrid also features stop/start technology that's found in other Cayennes. Porsche claims the Cayenne S Hybrid will go from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of 150 mph. Back to top


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

the best car I've owned to date

by goingE! from Nashville on July 14, 2018

This car serves a family in style! From fully loaded with 4-6 people and bags to driving alone, you can barely feel a difference in power. Just be prepared to pay a little more than normal SUVs in ... Read full review

(1.0)

Crap, nothingbut problems

by Bisonte from Chicago on June 4, 2018

Nothing but problems. Major expensive problems on a low mileage car. And Porsche doesn?t give a xxxx. My Range Rover has been bullet proof. And Porsche has not. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Porsche Cayenne currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Porsche Cayenne has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Porsche

Program Benefits

24-hour road side assistance, battery jump start, flat tire service, emergency fuel delivery, lockout service, replacement keys, extrication/winch service and trip interruption.

  • Limited Warranty

    2 Years / Unlimited Miles Warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired.

    2 Years / Unlimited Miles Warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired.
  • Eligibility

    Under 8 years / 100,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 111 point mechanical and visual inspection..

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker