2016 Porsche Cayenne

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$34,769–$84,557 Inventory Prices

Key Specs

of the 2016 Porsche Cayenne base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration and handling
  • Off-road capabilities
  • Ride quality
  • Abundant customization options
  • Top-notch cabin materials available

The Bad

  • Imposing controls
  • Limited cabin storage
  • Modest cargo room
  • Many luxury staples cost extra
  • Road noise (Cayenne Turbo)
2016 Porsche Cayenne exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Porsche Cayenne

  • Choice of engines
  • Full-time all-wheel drive
  • Optional ventilated rear seats
  • Seats five
  • Optional diesel version

2016 Porsche Cayenne Road Test

Kelsey Mays

Editor's note: This review was written in July 2015 about the 2015 Porsche Cayenne. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2016, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.

On a winding road or racetrack, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne will go toe-to-toe with a lot of performance cars, but its annoyances as an SUV will test just how much you care about that.

Heavily revised for 2015, the five-seat SUV comes in twin-turbo V-6 (Cayenne S) and twin-turbo V-8 (Cayenne Turbo) drivetrains; we drove the latter. There's also a turbo-diesel V-6 in the Cayenne Diesel, plus a Cayenne S E-Hybrid that pairs a supercharged V-6 with an electric motor. We cover the hybrid separately in the Research section. All-wheel drive is standard across the board. Compare the Cayenne trims here, or go here to stack up the 2015 and 2014 models.

Exterior & Styling
About the same length but significantly wider than before, the Cayenne sports a reshaped lower grille with sculpted borders. It's a squared-off take on the same three-portal theme as before, and the changes are subtle. Porsche says the hood, bumper and fenders are new, but you'd have to put the 2014 and 2015 Cayenne side by side to see the differences.

The updates are easier to spot in back, where the redesigned taillights have a thinner appearance than last year's more bulbous shapes. The old lights look cartoonish by comparison; this is a big ... Read more

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What Drivers Are Saying

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Latest Reviews


Most amazing car I have owned.

by JoJoRebel on March 13, 2018

Fully equipped car. Bose, 19” wheels, navigation, heated and ventilated seats, full leather, tow package, NON-SMOKER. Super clean car. Always garage kept and washed every week. Read full review


An SUV that?s as close to a sports car as you can

by Cayenne Cruiser on January 27, 2018

One of the best vehicles I have ever owned. The acceleration is very good due to the Diesel engine. I love the instrumentation and switch locations . The interior quality is top notch. Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2016 Porsche Cayenne currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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