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2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Review

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid has incredible acceleration, athletic handling, and a stately cabin, yet it sits in the lower half of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. It has high ownership costs, subpar fuel economy for a hybrid, and a small cargo space.

Pros & Cons

  • Authoritative acceleration
  • Sports-car-like handling
  • Poor fuel economy for a hybrid
  • Cramped cargo space

Rankings & Research

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Hybrid SUVs category. Currently the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 47 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Overview

Is the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

There's no denying the 2016 Cayenne Hybrid is an exceptional vehicle, boasting sporty performance and a posh interior. But it will cost you more to buy this Porsche than it will to purchase most other luxury midsize SUVs.

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How Much Is the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid?

Prices for the 2016 Cayenne S E-Hybrid range from $56,700 to $72,900, with the average listing price hovering at just under $65,000. These estimates are based on about 20 listings for the vehicle on our used car site. In comparison, you’ll pay around $58,800 on average for a nonhybrid 2016 Porsche Cayenne.

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How Much Does the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Cost to Own?

It costs less money to insure, fuel, repair, and maintain a 2016 Cayenne Hybrid than it does a regular Cayenne. Over the course of five years, expect to pay around $36,300 for these expenses on a Cayenne Hybrid, versus $39,500 for a nonhybrid Cayenne.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Cayenne Hybrid?

Between a used 2016 and new 2018 Cayenne S E-Hybrid, the used model is the smarter buy. To start, it saves you quite a bit of money. On average, you’ll pay around $65,300 for a 2016 Cayenne Hybrid. Compare that with the $79,900 starting MSRP of a 2018 model. Even if you’re eligible for the $5,336 federal tax credit that’s available for the new plug-in hybrid, you’ll spend around $9,300 more to buy a 2018 Cayenne Hybrid instead of a 2016 model. Also, Porsche hasn’t made many changes to this SUV in the last two years. For 2018, a new trim level is available (the Cayenne S E-Hybrid Platinum Edition), though it’s even more expensive at $82,800.

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In the luxury midsize SUV class, a small selection of brand new alternative-fuel models are available for close to or less than what you’ll spend on a 2016 Cayenne Hybrid. Of these, the 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid ($52,100) delivers one of the most enthusiastic performances. While it isn’t as potent as the Porsche, the MDX Hybrid is no slouch. Its hybrid powertrain is rated at a combined 321 horsepower, and its fuel economy estimate is one of the highest in the class. The MDX Hybrid’s interior isn’t as luxurious as some classmates, so if you prize cabin quality over sporty performance, take a gander inside the 2018 Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid ($64,950). Its interior is one of the finest in the class, boasting elegant styling, first-class materials, and gobs of standard features.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid?

The 2016 Cayenne S E-Hybrid earns a slightly above-average reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Recalls

Porsche has issued one recall on the 2016 Cayenne S E-Hybrid as of this writing. The recall pertains to a brake pedal clip that may be missing in some models. Make sure that any applicable recalls have been properly addressed before you buy a used vehicle.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Is Best?

While there are no major differences between the 2015 and 2016 Cayenne Hybrids, the 2014 model has a different powertrain. The 2014 model cannot be plugged in, and it does not have any substantive electric-only driving range. If you're OK with a traditional hybrid instead of a plug-in model, consider purchasing a 2014 Cayenne Hybrid to save a lot of money.

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Which Used Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

This plug-in SUV is only available in one trim, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. However, several option packages add appealing features. The Premium Package is pricey, but it's worth the added cost, as you get a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, and heated and ventilated front seats with extra power adjustments. The Premium Package Plus has all the previous features, plus heated rear seats, a proximity key, remote start, and active lane change assist. The Sport Package comes with an adjustable air suspension.

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What Does Porsche's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Porsche offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles 13 years old or less and with fewer than 124,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Porsche extends the original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. If the CPO vehicle is past its original new-car warranty term (four-years/50,000-miles), Porsche will cover the CPO vehicle for two years with unlimited mileage. Each CPO Porsche must pass a 111-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Porsche warranty page carefully.

Porsche’s CPO program is below average for a luxury carmaker, according to our research. Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Jaguar all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Cayenne Hybrid?

Like many luxury vehicles, the 2016 Cayenne Hybrid hasn't been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Front and rear parking sensors are standard in the 2016 Cayenne Hybrid. Available advanced safety features include a rearview camera, a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring, and forward collision warning. Many rivals are available with several more safety systems.

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2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid or 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e?

The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid may not be as powerful as the Cayenne Hybrid, but it's an excellent alternative. There's plenty of grunt from the X5's powertrain, and it's more fuel-efficient than the Cayenne Hybrid. Otherwise, the X5 plug-in hybrid and the Cayenne Hybrid are similar, with luxurious interior appointments and nimble handling.

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid or 2016 Lexus RX Hybrid?

The Cayenne Hybrid easily outperforms the 2016 Lexus RX Hybrid, but if you just want a comfortable, reliable, gas-sipping luxury SUV, the RX Hybrid is the model for you. It gets class-leading fuel economy estimates, and while its hybrid powertrain doesn't deliver lightning-fast acceleration like the Cayenne Hybrid's, it still has plenty of power for daily driving. The ride is exceptionally smooth, though not very sporty, and the RX Hybrid is at the top of the class for reliability.

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid or 2016 Tesla Model X?

If you're already planning to plug in the Cayenne Hybrid to make use of its 14-mile EV range, you may also want to consider fully committing to electric with the 200-mile-EV-range Tesla Model X. This all-electric SUV delivers brisk acceleration, has nimble handling, and is incredibly luxurious inside, just like the Porsche. Additionally, the Model X has an available third row of seats to fit a couple extra passengers, and it has significantly more cargo space too. However, the Tesla may not fit your budget, as the Model X tends to cost about $33,500 more than the 2016 Cayenne Hybrid.

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2016 Cayenne Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Drive?

Just because the Cayenne Hybrid has a battery pack and an electric motor, don't assume it's slow and fuel-efficient. In fact, it's neither. The electric motor and V6 engine move the Cayenne Hybrid quickly, whether you're accelerating from a stop or overtaking cars on the freeway.

Porsche's sports car heritage shines through in the Cayenne Hybrid's handling. Despite the SUV's heavy weight, it stays exceptionally well-planted around corners. All-wheel drive is standard.

Does the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

Even though you can plug it in to recharge the batteries, the Cayenne Hybrid can only go up to 14 miles on electricity alone. During those 14 miles, fuel economy is good for the class at 47 mpg-e combined in the city and on the highway. Once the gas engine kicks in, fuel economy falls to 22 mpg combined, which is barely better than the gas-only Cayenne.

2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Towing Capacity

Porsche does not recommend towing with the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. If you want a Porsche SUV that can haul a trailer or boat, the nonhybrid Cayenne can tow up to 7,716 pounds.

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2016 Cayenne Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Cayenne Hybrid Seat?

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid has room for five people. Its cabin is luxurious and fitted with high-end materials like leather and wood. The front seats are very comfortable, and the driver's seat can be easily adjusted to find a good driving position. The rear seats slide and recline, providing back-seat passengers plenty of space to ride in comfort.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid?

The Cayenne Hybrid has full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on each of the outboard rear seats.

2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Features

Standard features in the Cayenne Hybrid include a moonroof, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, front and rear parking sensors, and an infotainment system. The infotainment system is easy to use overall, but many competitors have larger screens with more features. The center stack is covered in buttons and knobs that can be overwhelming at first, but they’re easy to find and use once you’re used to them.

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2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Dimensions

Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Cargo Space

With 20.5 cubic feet of room behind the rear seat, the Cayenne Hybrid has one of the smallest cargo areas in the luxury midsize SUV class. Additionally, there aren't many places to stow small personal items in the cabin.

Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Length and Weight

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid stretches a total of 15.9 feet in length. Its curb weight is 5,809 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight is 6,724 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Built?

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid was built in Germany.


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