2021 Porsche Cayenne

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2021 Porsche Cayenne Review: Power, Poise, and Presence

SUVs are in vogue throughout the USA thanks to their commanding ride heights, imposing presences, and inherent, well-rounded characteristics enamoring the masses. It only makes sense then that every automaker proffer an SUV of their own - hence the actuality of the 2021 Porsche Cayenne. To stand out from the throng of typically humdrum crossovers and SUVs, Porsche presents the Cayenne SUV with adept and passionate performance potential, a polished ride quality, and an enduring commitment to bespoke design aesthetics and luxury. Porsche has also finally decided to extend the third-generation of the Cayenne SUV with a reputed GTS variant - boasting outputs of up to 453 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. There are many grand SUVs in the segment - the BMW X7, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, and the Jaguar F-Pace SVR just to name a few - but the Cayenne stands out for its near-unparalleled driving experience.

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2021 Porsche Cayenne Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Porsche Cayenne?

The new Porsche Cayenne is a car largely unchanged from the one we got for the 2020 model year, but there is one significant change: the return of the blisteringly quick GTS variant. This model has a slightly less powerful version of the same engine found in the Cayenne Turbo (reviewed separately). This GTS version is treated to additional standard features like adaptive air suspension and is capable of reaching a top speed of 167 mph.

Pros and Cons

  • Splendid overall performance and handling
  • Meticulously well-built with attention to detail
  • Impressive 7,700-pound towing capacity
  • Extensive options list and very customizable
  • Notable safety rating and reliability expectations
  • Standard features are minimal
  • Options rapidly hike up the price
  • Relatively confined cargo area
  • Not very fuel efficient

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2021 Porsche Cayenne Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Base
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$67,500
S
2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$85,100
GTS
4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$107,300

Cayenne Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 193.7 in
  • Wheelbase 114.0 in
  • Height 66.8 in
  • Max Width 78.1 in
  • Front Width 66.2 in
  • Rear Width 65.9 in

Exterior Colors

  • Carrara White Metallic
  • Jet Black Metallic
  • Dolomite Silver Metallic
  • Moonlight Blue Metallic
  • Mahogany Metallic
  • Quartzite Grey Metallic
  • Cashmere Beige Metallic
  • Carmine Red
  • Chalk
  • Lava Orange
  • White
  • Black

Cayenne Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Porsche presents the 2021 Cayenne lineup with three trims, each of which is equipped with a different engine. In the Base trim is a 3.0-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder engine dialed for 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. A mightier 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine tuned for 434 hp and 405 lb-ft powers the mid-tier S trim. In the top-tier, high-performance GTS is a ferocious 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 gas unit modulated for 453 hp and 457 lb-ft. An 8-speed automatic gearbox does service across the board, ceding outputs to Porsche's standardized all-wheel-drive setup.

  • Engines
    2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas, 3.0L Turbo V6 Gas, 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Cayenne Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    23.7 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 19/23 mpg
* 2021 Porsche Cayenne Base AWD

Cayenne Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Cayenne Trunk and Cargo Space

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Cayenne Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Porsche Cayenne a good SUV?

When it comes to a vehicle that can deliver performance that is proficient and enjoyable but also leisurely and luxurious when you want, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne is certainly one of the best, especially at its starting price of $67,500. Power and throttle responses are ample and precise from all three of the engines offered within the lineup, though straight-line performance doesn't differ all too much between the mid-tier S and top-tier GTS variants. In terms of specifications, all come with a fair selection of modern and luxurious creature comforts and conveniences, though there are more affordable SUVs out there that boast considerably more standard features. With the Cayenne SUV, you're paying for the one-of-a-kind driving experience it delivers, however - something not even its direct rivals from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Land Rover can match. Plus, the Cayenne still carries a genuinely flashy aesthetic and offers plenty of comfort, albeit in the form of premium seating and a refined ride quality. In review, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne SUV is a phenomenal 4-door SUV no matter what guise it comes in, and one that is well-worth the money.

🚗What Porsche Cayenne Model Should I Buy?

The price of the 2021 Porsche Cayenne SUV exceeds $100,000 in GTS trim, and though it is the zenith of the lineup in terms of performance, it isn't that much faster than the mid-tier S variant and not much better outfitted. The S is, therefore, the Cayenne we'd go for as the variant that hits a nice balance between performance, features, and price. We still recommend giving the options list a review, however, as most of its added value comes from its more powerful and refined powertrain. Along with the heated steering wheel and front seats, we'd add the rear-axle steering for enhanced handling dynamics. With that, the Assistance Package would be a good addition for the driver assists and safety systems it adds.

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