2018 Porsche Cayenne Review
Pros & Cons
- Truly impressive handling for a crossover SUV
- Wide selection of powerful engines available
- Exquisite interior and build quality
- Plenty of customization options
- Relatively small cargo capacity for the segment
- Quite a few optional features should be standard given the price tag
List Price Range
$46,327 - $67,995
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Which Cayenne does Edmunds recommend?
As far as performance and luxury go, we're confident that most shoppers will find the base Cayenne to their liking. Porsche buyers tend to crave a bit more performance, however, so we think the Cayenne S hits a good balance point for power and price. Additionally, we'd add the Sport package and the adaptive cruise control with forward collision mitigation.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The 2017 Porsche Cayenne S isn't the sportiest trim available from Porsche, but it provides a surprisingly high level of on-road performance, even by sedan standards. Combine this with a good tow rating and you end up with a surprisingly versatile SUV.
The 2017 Cayenne S combines a quiet cabin with seating that preserves comfort for long-distance cruising and still offers excellent support for more dynamic driving. The optional adjustable air suspension is key in this area, offering varied height and ride comfort settings.
Porsche does interiors well. The 2017 Cayenne's cabin layout is highly intuitive and well insulated, and it has excellent fit and finish. Whether you spend your time commuting or taking long road trips, the Cayenne provides a fast-moving sanctuary of comfort from the world outside.
For an SUV of its size and weight, its utility is below average. Similarly priced rivals are almost all better in this regard.
The Porsche Cayenne offers most of the infotainment and safety tech expected at this price range. Note we said "offers" because most of it is optional. Features such as a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and forward collision warning are all extra cost items.
|Overall||8.5 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Updated 12 Dec 2020: Some minor changes made to the original review. Fantastic car. I now have 60K miles on it, commute in heavy traffic, mpg remains unchanged and it has had no significant maintenance issues (I do all of Porsche's recommended maintenance at the dealership). Original Review: Pros: I bought the base model at a great price, it was the dealership loaner for almost a year, it had 8000 miles on it. I commute about 60 miles a day in heavy traffic to work in it. I get about 25 mpg, lower if traffic comes to a standstill. I have had no problems with it in the 10 months I have owned it. It is a pleasure to drive. Took it on a trip to the mountains and the performance was great at 12,000 ft above sea level. The road handling was awesome on the mountain roads. I traded a Cayman S for it and do not miss the minor obvious performance differences. The obvious difference in comfort and luxury over the Cayman are very noticeable, and really nice - no regrets about the trade. The standard (not adaptive) cruise control on it is the best I have ever used. It is very intuitive and quick to activate, and accurately maintains the set speed whether you are going steeply uphill, steeply downhill, or flat. I use very easily and safely in traffic on my daily commute, and it saves gas. When available in an area, the automatic traffic/re-routing system on the built in Porsche Nav system is the most impressive I have ever seen, much better than Waze. (The Porsche online Nav System remained impressive, but not available where I live and drive most, so I stopped paying for the subscription and use the built in sat nav system or online programs on my iPhone such as Waze. ) Cons: The standard rear view driver’s side mirror has a dangerous blind spot that cannot be adjusted for. There is a warning light that illuminates on it when a vehicle is in collision range, but this light can be inadvertently turned off by the mirror adjustment controls. Porsche makes an alternate mirror which I paid $140 to buy and install at the dealership. It totally eliminates the blind spot, but the vehicles in it are much, much closer than they appear in the mirror, so it is dangerous to use alone without actually looking, to pull into the left lane. This takes your eyes off of the car in front of you. If you leave a safe gap between you and the car in front of you, in the heavy traffic I drive in, usually someone fills it. Bottom line, changing lanes is both aggravating and dangerous. I have never had a car with mirrors as bad as this one. The entertainment system works with an iPhone, but not seamlessly. There is a large learning curve, and it is intermittently aggravating.
Platinum Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
I leased this vehicle with the hopes of having a high performance SUV and I was willing to pay the premium over BMW. But I am highly disappointed in the acceleration. I came out of a 2015 BMW X5 xDrive3.5i and that was much more peppy than this 2018 Cayenne Platinum. Note that this is the old generation Cayenne, not the new 2018 that comes out mid year. The maintenance costs are very high ($400 for an oil change for example) because it is a "performance vehicle" when in fact it is slower than a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Another disappointment was when using Apple Carplay, the controls on the steering wheel for skipping to the next song (if you configure the spare button for that) do not work. Neither does making phone calls - you have to use Apple Carplay via the touch screen unless you unplug the iPhone and it falls back to bluetooth. There is also NO place on the center console to put stuff like your phone (and my iPhone Plus doesn't even fit in the center console compartment so I have to just put it on the passenger seat when I have it plugged in for Apple Carplay.)
4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
I had a major repair in the first 15k, then the same repair at 25k. I got out before I would be responsible for repairs outside of the warranty. It was a powerful vehicle, but felt like driving a truck and did not handle as well as I expected. I might consider a Macan at some point, but right now I’m a little wary of the brand.
4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Bought a base model so we could get in with an entry level Porsche. The base model is a little u see powered for a Porsche but still quick. It’s impeccably made and comfortable. The LED+ headlights that come with the premium plus package are insane!
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Cayenne models:
- Porsche Active Safe
- Warns you about impending forward collisions and automatically applies the brakes if necessary. Bundled with the adaptive cruise control.
- Reversing Camera
- Shows what's behind you. A surround-view version is also available. It's a must-have.
- Multi-Collision Brake System
- Automatically applies the Cayenne's brakes after an initial collision occurs to minimize further damage to other vehicles.