2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Matt Tierney
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Matt Tierney

This thing is a beast. Having spent some time with the last generation Cayenne Turbo, I can say that the newest version of Porsche's sport-ute retains the explosive power but (thankfully) loses the slightly trucky demeanor. I couldn't help but to feel that with the old Cayenne I was driving a truck, with the new one the feeling was more akin to a taller Panamera. I echo Joe's sentiment regarding the elegant and sumptuous interior, but the array of buttons seemed to border on overkill, even for a tech enthusiast as myself. While it is greatly improved from past iterations, I still find the infotainment system to be far from intuitive or easy to operate while on the move.

Where the last Cayenne was, err, unique, I find the 2011 to be a well-executed jellybean, not unlike a number of other luxury SUVs out there. Speaking of other luxury SUVs, why does a $117,000 Porsche Cayenne Turbo still have an optional premium package with things such as a backup camera, full keyless entry and start, and seat ventilation? The $22,000 Hyundai Elantra has two of those things, and most of the Cayenne's competitors come standard with them. Ah, but then again, this is a Porsche -- you buy one for the engine, the driving dynamics, and the wonderful over-engineering of it all.

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