2012 Porsche Cayenne 3.6L V6 4x4 6-speed Manual Consumer Review - first impressions of v6 cayenne

2012 Porsche Cayenne - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr SUV (3.6L V6 4x4 6-speed Manual)

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first impressions of v6 cayenne
By bigleadfoot on


2012 Porsche Cayenne 4dr SUV 4WD (3.6L 6cyl 6M)


Just bought my first porsche and my first SUV. Here are the specs/options for my v6 Cayenne: 8-speed automatic panoramic sunroof running boards, roof rails, and trailer hitch adjustable suspension with PASM heated seats and steering wheel

Favorite Features

Driving impressions: I love the sport engine mode and sport suspension setting! This 2 ton behemoth brakes, corners, and accelerates like a sports car even with a v6. The most comfortable suspension setting for me is actually sport. Ironically, the comfort and normal suspension modes are actually less comfortable for me: suspension is noisy over bumps and the car feels like a boat. If I need brisk acceleration, I press the sport button and this v6 rockets me out of trouble with ease. When I want relaxed/economical driving, I disengage sport engine mode, but still keep the suspension in sport. I love the dashboard design full of buttons. Heated seats and steering wheel are also wonderful.

Suggested Improvements

Engine noise and vibration are rather noticeable at idle. Switching between 2nd & 3rd gears can be jerky at times, but otherwise the auto transmission is rather good. Rear visibility is awful. A rear view camera might be a worthy option. Some cabin squeaks may be audible at times when driving over rough pavement. The most bizzarre squeak in my car is the passenger seatbelt buckle. I eliminate this squeak by pushing it down between the seat and center console. Otherwise, this car is a marvel of engineering.
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