2016 Porsche Cayenne

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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)

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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Porsche Cayenne seats five and was redesigned for 2015.

ExteriorThe Cayenne featuresfour-element LED running lights seen on other models like the Panamera sedan. Fins on the hood are used to guide airflow to the various engine intercoolers.

Out back, new 3-D taillights echo the four-element daytime running lights, and exhaust outlets are  integrated into the lower bumper.


InteriorNot much was touched inside. A  multifunction sport steering wheel with paddle shifters that is based on the one in the  918 Spyder supercar has been added.

Under the HoodMore has changed under the hood, however, starting with the entry model for the  Cayenne, the Diesel. It features a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel that makes 240 horsepower and a healthy 406 pounds-feet of torque, enabling the big SUV to go from zero-to-60 mph in 7.2 seconds.

Stepping up from the Diesel model is the Cayenne S, powered by an all-new twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 making 420 hp. The standard eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission and all-wheel drive will scoot the Cayenne S from zero-to-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds, or 5.1 with the optional Sport Chrono Package.

Moving up from the S shoppers will be faced with a hybrid Cayenne. The new Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which builds off of last year's Hybrid with the addition of a plug-in charger, is the first PHEV in the premium SUV segment. The new E-Hybrid has a 10.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and an electric motor that&...

Vehicle Overview

The Porsche Cayenne seats five and was redesigned for 2015.

ExteriorThe Cayenne featuresfour-element LED running lights seen on other models like the Panamera sedan. Fins on the hood are used to guide airflow to the various engine intercoolers.

Out back, new 3-D taillights echo the four-element daytime running lights, and exhaust outlets are  integrated into the lower bumper.


InteriorNot much was touched inside. A  multifunction sport steering wheel with paddle shifters that is based on the one in the  918 Spyder supercar has been added.

Under the HoodMore has changed under the hood, however, starting with the entry model for the  Cayenne, the Diesel. It features a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel that makes 240 horsepower and a healthy 406 pounds-feet of torque, enabling the big SUV to go from zero-to-60 mph in 7.2 seconds.

Stepping up from the Diesel model is the Cayenne S, powered by an all-new twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 making 420 hp. The standard eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission and all-wheel drive will scoot the Cayenne S from zero-to-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds, or 5.1 with the optional Sport Chrono Package.

Moving up from the S shoppers will be faced with a hybrid Cayenne. The new Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which builds off of last year's Hybrid with the addition of a plug-in charger, is the first PHEV in the premium SUV segment. The new E-Hybrid has a 10.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and an electric motor that's twice as powerful as the outgoing Hybrid, meaning it can operate in all-electric mode up to 78 mph. It also uses a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine making 333 hp; when combined with the electric motor's 95 hp the SUV carries a system rating of 416 hp. The E-Hybrid is almost as quick as the Cayenne S, with a zero-to-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds. The battery can be recharged using a plug-in charger or while driving, from the engine itself.

Topping the lineup is the Turbo, featuring a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 520 hp and 553 pounds-feet of torque. This makes the Cayenne Turbo into a family rocket ship, blasting from zero-to-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds (4.1 with the Sport Chrono Package).


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Outstanding performance and comfort

by Jon from Albany NY on July 10, 2018

Great driving car, solid and quiet. Can?t even tell it?s a diesel. Tremendous range of 700+ miles per tank and very comfortable seats make you think you could go that distance non stop. Excellent fit ... Read full review

(5.0)

Perfect combination of performance and utility

by Jack B from Wakefield RI on May 26, 2018

Perfect combination of performance and utility. Plenty of room inside for four big guys, Best handling, and acceleration of any vehicle I?ve owned. No comparison to BMW, I Would never purchase a ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 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..

    See inspection details.

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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