The 2022 Porsche Cayenne is available in seven configurations, with five of these as regular gas models, and two being E-Hybrids. The range comprises the Cayenne base model, Cayenne Platinum Edition, Cayenne E-Hybrid, E-Hybrid Platinum Edition, Cayenne S, S Platinum Edition, and the GTS. Between the base model, hybrid, S, and GTS, each offers something different in terms of performance and luxury. Platinum Editions feature bespoke aesthetics and bonus equipment, such as a 14-speaker Bose sound system.
All models are equipped as standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seating, LED headlights with cornering lights, and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Depending on which model you go for, the Cayenne can have a focus on efficiency or performance. Even the base model is respectable in the latter regard, offering a top speed of 152 mph from its 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, while at the other end of the spectrum, the GTS bumps up performance with a twin-turbo V8 from the Cayenne Turbo. However, as with all Porsche products, you have to pay extra for some of the finer things in life, like heated seats. With that said, all models are comfortable and ride in such a way that the Cayenne is the benchmark for handling when you're talking about performance SUVs.
No Porsche Cayenne has a low price, but if you refrain from adding too many options, you can get a reasonably priced Cayenne. The base model in the USA carries an MSRP of $72,200 before a $1,450 destination charge. The Cayenne Platinum Edition is priced at $80,400. The next step up in price comes in the form of the E-Hybrid, which starts at $86,500 - Platinum Edition E-Hybrids cost $94,400. The mid-range S model is a little less affordable with a base price of $90,900 with a $95,200 sticker price allocated to the Cayenne S Platinum Edition. The GTS is pricier still, with this model's asking price starting at $113,100.
Before we went completely deranged with trying different types of obnoxious customization choices on the online configurator, we found that we could spec a fully loaded GTS to the tune of around $185,000. Yeah - a Porsche Cayenne can cost almost $200k. We'd rather have a supercar, too.
If you get the base Cayenne, you may well want to add a few upgrades to enhance its ability, although the other trims could also benefit from upgrades. On the regular Cayenne, the Premium package is offered for $6,470. This adds adaptive LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, a Bose 14-speaker sound system, blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist, keyless entry, 14-way powered seats with memory, and ambient lighting. Alternatively, you can spend $8,950 on the Premium Package Plus offering, which adds the aforementioned upgrades, as well as LED Matrix headlights, front and rear seat heating, Power Steering Plus, and quad-zone climate control. Those looking to enhance safety can spend $6,250 on the Assistance package, and it's money well spent. This adds a surround-view camera, a head-up display, lane keep assist, a night vision camera, and adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist and traffic sign recognition.
As tempting as the GTS is - it's a brilliant vehicle to drive - the mid-level Cayenne S is our pick for a great balance of price and performance. It still doesn't offer much more than the regular Cayenne in terms of features, but its 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 is barely less powerful than the GTS thanks to output figures of 434 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. Nevertheless, we do still feel that the model could do with some enhancement. We'd add the above-mentioned Assistance package, and we'd also consider the standalone options of heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and rear-axle steering for GTS-rivaling handling ability.
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