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The 2013 Porsche Cayenne has a unique look relative to other SUVs—but it's not one that everyone will love. It's a far cry from the design of Porsche's legendary sports cars, like the legendary 911 and now-iconic Boxster, but it does have just enough of those models' style and panache.
Last redesigned for 2011, the Cayenne changed quite radically from a weight-and-performance standpoint (losing hundreds of pounds)—but you wouldn't know it from the outside. The new exterior is more an evolution of the former version, with some new details and improved aerodynamics. It still looks great, though it's still a little at odds with the sports-car lineup, wrapping a rough approximation of the 911's curves around a large SUV frame
New for 2013 and slotting between the base model and the Cayenne S is the Cayenne Diesel. While the diesel is rated at just 240 horsepower, from its 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel engine, it's the substantial 406 pound-feet of torque--37 lb-ft more than the Cayenne S and 111 lb-ft more than the base Cayenne--that really matters. The Diesel can get to 60 mph in just 7.2 seconds--faster than the automatic version of the Cayenne V-6, with a top speed of 135 mph. And like the rest of the Cayenne lineup, it carries a 7,716-pound tow rating.
The Cayenne Turbo remains oriented toward those who want the most performance, and performance that's more on par with Porsche's sports cars; it gets a 4.4-second 0-60 time from a 500-horsepower turbocharged 4.8-liter engine and a top speed of 172 mph.
As Porsche has evolved, it's now as much of a luxury brand as a sports car brand, and the 2013 Cayenne is one of the models that most reflects the luxury side of that mission--without forgetting about the performance side, of course. Compared the Cayenne to a Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, or Lexus, and you'll find top-notch fit and finish. About the only issue some might find is that the Cayenne sacrifices some cargo space in order to prioritize the passenger space.
Supportive, comfortable sport seats are what you'll find in front throughout the entire model range; drivers of all sizes should be able to get well-positioned, with decent visibility and a beltline that isn't too high. Rear passengers are able to slide fore and aft, more than six inches if you're willing to give up some cargo space; and the rear seatback angle adjusts.
Stepping up the model line does earn more lavish appointments. For instance, the GTS gets special eight-way sport seats with Alcantara (suede-like) accents, while Turbo S models get
If folding down the back seats and hauling larger pieces of cargo are part of your normal routine, you might want to double-check the space available in the Cayenne. The rear seatbacks don't fold completely flat, limiting the usefulness of the space, and actual cubes aside its a notch smaller than you might expect from a vehicle this size. Hybrids tend to give up some cargo space, typically, but that isn't the case here as Porsche has packaged the battery packl down below, where the spare tire would otherwise go.
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