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2015 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

$42,250 — $55,934 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
Key specs of the base trim
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from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The revised 2015 Porsche Cayenne has a new face, new tail, lightly updated interior and two new powertrains that should help separate the SUV from the new entry-level Macan.
Exterior
The Cayenne sports a slightly revised face featuring the four-element LED running lights that we've seen on other models like the Panamera sedan. The hood and front fenders are new, as are the addition of fins located on the vehicle's front end that are actually functional — they're 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 now integrated into the lower bumper. The changes are minimal at best, and do not appreciably change the look of the Cayenne.

Interior
Not much was touched inside. A new multifunction sport steering wheel with paddle shifters that is based on the one in the new 918 Spyder supercar has been added. Mild revisions to the rear seating system for improved comfort and the addition of a ventilated rear-seat option complete the list of interior changes for 2015.
Under the Hood
More has changed under the hood, however, starting with the entry model for the new 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. That's not terribly exciting for a Porsche; presumably fuel economy is the name of ...

Vehicle Overview

The revised 2015 Porsche Cayenne has a new face, new tail, lightly updated interior and two new powertrains that should help separate the SUV from the new entry-level Macan.
Exterior
The Cayenne sports a slightly revised face featuring the four-element LED running lights that we've seen on other models like the Panamera sedan. The hood and front fenders are new, as are the addition of fins located on the vehicle's front end that are actually functional — they're 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 now integrated into the lower bumper. The changes are minimal at best, and do not appreciably change the look of the Cayenne.

Interior
Not much was touched inside. A new multifunction sport steering wheel with paddle shifters that is based on the one in the new 918 Spyder supercar has been added. Mild revisions to the rear seating system for improved comfort and the addition of a ventilated rear-seat option complete the list of interior changes for 2015.
Under the Hood
More has changed under the hood, however, starting with the entry model for the new 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. That's not terribly exciting for a Porsche; presumably fuel economy is the name of the game with the Diesel, however.

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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Recalls

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid currently has 0 recalls


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The 2015 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Porsche

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    8 years/100,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    111-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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 E-Hybrid 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.

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