Buyer's Guide

2021 Porsche Cayenne
Select a Different Model (6 Available): Base
Fuel Economy $ 19 / 23 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 27/60 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 335@5,300
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2021 Porsche Cayenne MODEL OVERVIEW


  • Fun, controlled handling
  • More capable off-road than you'd expect
  • Ultra-smooth hybrid integration


  • Expensive no matter what
  • Stingy standard equipment, pricey options

What was a controversial first SUV upon its introduction for 2003 is now a staple of the Porsche brand. The Cayenne entered its third generation with a redesign for the 2019 model year, and 2021 marks the reintroduction of the goldilocks Cayenne GTS, now with a V-8 for the first time since 2014. The Cayenne competes with other midsize luxury SUVs including the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, and Audi Q8.

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What We Think

We've found so much to like about Porsche's larger SUV, at least once we got past the pricing. The Cayenne is expensive no matter how you spec it, and it's disappointing how many features we'd expect to be standard (full leather interior, heated seats, a panoramic roof, etc.) are expensive optional extras. But enough of that.

The Cayenne always feels like a proper Porsche, driving more like a bulked-up Panamera than a midsize SUV. It's even a strong performer off-road, and in our 2019 SUV of the Year evaluation, a majority of the judges scribbled "fun" in their notes. At that same testing event, we came away thoroughly impressed with the seamless integration of Porsche's hybrid system. That said, pairing the battery and motors with a powerful turbo V-6 instead of a more efficient four-cylinder means efficiency numbers aren't very impressive.

Our advice would be to lean into performance and go for a Cayenne Turbo or even better, a Turbo S E-Hybrid. The Turbo Coupe took first place in our 2020 super-SUV comparison. Those cars offer all the acceleration and dynamic prowess you could want from an SUV, but again, only if you can get over the steep cost of entry.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Like with the Macan, 718, Panamera, and 911, Porsche gives buyers plenty of options for what comes under the hood of their new Cayenne. In all cases, an eight-speed automatic sends power to all four wheels.

Porsche Cayenne

Engine: 3.0-liter turbo V-6
Horsepower/Torque: 335 hp/332 lb-ft
Efficiency (city/highway): 19/23 mpg
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 5.1 seconds

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Engine: 3.0-liter turbo V-6 plug-in hybrid
Horsepower/Torque: 455 hp/516 lb-ft
Efficiency* (combined): 41 mpg-e (elec); 21 mpg (gas)
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.2 seconds

Porsche Cayenne S

Engine: 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6
Horsepower/Torque: 434 hp/405 lb-ft
Efficiency (city/highway): 18/22 mpg
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.9 seconds (mfr est)

Porsche Cayenne GTS

Engine: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8
Horsepower/Torque: 453 hp/457 lb-ft
Efficiency (city/highway): 15/19 mpg
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.5 seconds (mfr est)

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Engine: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8
Horsepower/Torque: 541 hp/567 lb-ft
Efficiency (city/highway): 15/19 mpg
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.2 seconds

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid

Engine: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 plug-in hybrid
Horsepower/Torque: 670 hp/663 lb-ft
Efficiency* (combined): 39 mpg-e (elec); 18 mpg (gas)
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.6 seconds (mfr est)

*2020 EPA figures


The Cayenne earns a five-star overall safety rating from the Euro NCAP, with a 95 percent adult occupant score, 80 percent child occupant score, 73 percent pedestrian safety rating, and a 62 percent score for its safety assist systems. It has not been evaluated by the IIHS or the NHTSA.

Automatic emergency braking is standard on every Cayenne, but you'll need to tick some pricey option boxes to get the rest of the driver-assist features we've come to expect. If you're comfortable spending a little more cash, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and a 360-degree camera system are all available.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Every Cayenne SUV provides seating for five, although a four-seat configuration is standard on the Cayenne Coupe. Cargo volume ranges from 22.7 to 27.2 cubic feet behind the rear bench, with E-Hybrid and Turbo variants on the lower end of that range. With the seats down, capacity can measure up to 60.3 cubes. For reference, a BMW X5 offers 33.9 and 72.3 cubic feet in the same dimensions.


Regardless of what's under the hood, every Cayenne features a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display at the center of the dashboard. Apple CarPlay is standard, but Android Auto is not available; sorry, Apple haters. Most Cayennes come equipped with a 10-speaker audio system, although Turbo variants feature a 14-speaker Bose system; a 21-speaker Burmester setup is optionally available on all models.

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Engine: V6 Turbo 3.0 Liter
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Transmission, Tiptronic S 8 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode
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Amount Description Expiry Date
$2500 Porsche announces an end of lease Payment Waiver program for current Porsche lessees when they lease or finance a new eligible model through a PFS contract. 06-30-2021
$0 2.49% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - Porsche announces a Special APR on select models. 06-30-2021