What the critics say
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne
“Isn’t it time that we all accepted the fact that Porsche makes an incredibly good truck?” It’s been 15 years—and 770,000 Cayenne sales—since the purists were scandalized when the Stuttgart automaker rolled out its SUV. But the Cayenne was also “ridiculously capable,” and this third-generation model looks ready to impress all over again. Faster, lighter, and more powerful than ever, the 2019 “drives like a supremely comfortable and fast car”—one that can tow 7,716 pounds and scramble up rocky trails.
Though some people will spend upwards of $125,000 on top-end models, “we would advise giving the base model a hard look.” The entry-level V-6 now generates 340 hp, good for a 0-to-60 time of 5.9 seconds, and all models have “the ability to dance along twisty mountain roads.” Cargo space meanwhile has grown 15 percent, and there’s “plenty of new tech on the menu,” including an all-wheel steering system and adjustable three-chamber air suspension.
The new infotainment system takes some getting used to, because certain commands are buried deep in submenus. Talk to this Cayenne, though, and it seems to know just what you want—including places to eat. Even so, “the driving is what stands out.” Without a doubt, “this is a more complete go-anywhere sports car than any of its rivals.”