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Porsche raised the public's collective eyebrow when it decided to enter the sport-utility vehicle business in 2003 with the Cayenne. However, despite the grumblings of purists, this midsize luxury SUV has proven itself worthy of the vaunted Porsche name.
With a lineup that stretches into six-digit territory when new, and with engines that range from a hybrid V6 to a twin-turbo V8, the Porsche Cayenne isn't your typical midsize SUV. Nor is it the most practical or family-friendly. Indeed, the Cayenne's relatively small cargo area, high load floor and lack of a third-row seat option limit its real-world functionality.
But if it's spirited driving you want, there are few better. Thanks to its all-wheel-drive system, razor-sharp steering and superb brakes, the Porsche Cayenne demonstrates surprising dexterity around corners. In reviews, we've been astonished by the current Porsche Cayenne's athleticism. It can be hustled along a curving road with gusto, yet the ride remains supple, even with the optional active dampers in their most aggressive setting. If we were making a list of the most capable vehicles across all driving scenarios, the Cayenne would be right there at the top.
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