2019 Porsche Cayenne

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Autoblog Rating

Porsche's cash cow is better than ever. The design is less awkward and busy both inside and out, drawing the best bits from the smaller Macan. The best-driving vehicle in it's class, too. Just watch it on the options, as it can quickly send the price skyward.

Industry
9.5
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When I brought the 2019 Porsche Cayenne home for the weekend, my large, car-loving son, Wolfgang, was super excited that he'd get to ride to soccer in a "horsey-car Porsche." In the driveway, he ogled the badge on the nose of the car, comparing it to that of his electric ride-on 918 and the tinier one on the Hot Wheels Panamera he's been carrying around with him everywhere lately. Frankly, I was excited, too. I was glued to the presentation when Porsche announced the new Cayenne, and paid close attention whenever it came up in conversation. Despite the model's very subtle visual evolution — and with the experiential urgings of time spent in the riotous Macan — I had been coming around to the idea that Porsche could finally make its largest crossover, the Cayenne, feel like a true Porsche: aggressive, connected and undeniably special. I had driven it home in heavy traffic to get it to that spot in the driveway where my 3½-year-old son was now opening the doors and inspecting the interior, but that was enough to begin to think seriously about this big Porsche. As much as I love being behind the wheel of a Porsche, I've long felt that the company has struggled to bring the overall quality of its interiors up to the level of the rest of the car. There had been more plastic than a car of this caliber should wear, strange control layout — especially for things like HVAC — far too many buttons and an overall lack of visual inspiration. Finally, Porsche has begun to figure it out, and this Cayenne — even in base guise — is a testament to that. Not only is it roomy, comfortable and sufficiently ergonomic, it's highly attractive. Every time I looked around, I'd notice another thoughtful detail. Perhaps the most compelling example of that is the consistent look and feel across major touch points. Look at the air vents, the temperature toggles, the volume control, the rotary control for the infotainment and the sunroof button. They're all the same texture and color. Even the little stopper for the 12-volt outlet has the same finish. There are other controls, like the thumb scrolls on the steering wheel, that were a different color — black, to match their surroundings — but even they had the exact same texture. Porsche customers love customization, and the amount of different features available meant lower-specced cars often had a lot of dead buttons as placeholders. This always drove me nuts from an aesthetic standpoint. This Cayenne, though, has moved away from so many physical buttons, incorporating them into smooth, piano black control panels with light-up elements, giving it a much more clean and polished look. If you peer closely, though, you can see the placeholders for the features that aren't in this vehicle under the plastic, which lets you know what you're missing out on. In this case, it's things like ventilated seats, adjustable suspension …
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When I brought the 2019 Porsche Cayenne home for the weekend, my large, car-loving son, Wolfgang, was super excited that he'd get to ride to soccer in a "horsey-car Porsche." In the driveway, he ogled the badge on the nose of the car, comparing it to that of his electric ride-on 918 and the tinier one on the Hot Wheels Panamera he's been carrying around with him everywhere lately. Frankly, I was excited, too. I was glued to the presentation when Porsche announced the new Cayenne, and paid close attention whenever it came up in conversation. Despite the model's very subtle visual evolution — and with the experiential urgings of time spent in the riotous Macan — I had been coming around to the idea that Porsche could finally make its largest crossover, the Cayenne, feel like a true Porsche: aggressive, connected and undeniably special. I had driven it home in heavy traffic to get it to that spot in the driveway where my 3½-year-old son was now opening the doors and inspecting the interior, but that was enough to begin to think seriously about this big Porsche. As much as I love being behind the wheel of a Porsche, I've long felt that the company has struggled to bring the overall quality of its interiors up to the level of the rest of the car. There had been more plastic than a car of this caliber should wear, strange control layout — especially for things like HVAC — far too many buttons and an overall lack of visual inspiration. Finally, Porsche has begun to figure it out, and this Cayenne — even in base guise — is a testament to that. Not only is it roomy, comfortable and sufficiently ergonomic, it's highly attractive. Every time I looked around, I'd notice another thoughtful detail. Perhaps the most compelling example of that is the consistent look and feel across major touch points. Look at the air vents, the temperature toggles, the volume control, the rotary control for the infotainment and the sunroof button. They're all the same texture and color. Even the little stopper for the 12-volt outlet has the same finish. There are other controls, like the thumb scrolls on the steering wheel, that were a different color — black, to match their surroundings — but even they had the exact same texture. Porsche customers love customization, and the amount of different features available meant lower-specced cars often had a lot of dead buttons as placeholders. This always drove me nuts from an aesthetic standpoint. This Cayenne, though, has moved away from so many physical buttons, incorporating them into smooth, piano black control panels with light-up elements, giving it a much more clean and polished look. If you peer closely, though, you can see the placeholders for the features that aren't in this vehicle under the plastic, which lets you know what you're missing out on. In this case, it's things like ventilated seats, adjustable suspension …
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Retail Price

$65,700 - $124,600 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

Smart Buy Price

$2,215 - $4,021 Nat'l avg. savings off MSRP
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Engine 3.0LV-6
MPG 19 City / 23 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd auto w/OD
Power 335 @ 5300 rpm
Drivetrain all wheel
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