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2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Review

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid finishes in the top half our luxury midsize SUV rankings. It boasts a posh cabin, sprightly acceleration, and precise handling. It also earns a great predicted reliability rating. That said, the Cayenne Hybrid’s cramped cargo area hurts its appeal.

Pros & Cons

  • Lavish and comfy interior
  • Agile handling
  • Quick acceleration
  • Small cargo area
  • Poor fuel economy for a hybrid

Rankings & Research

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Hybrid SUVs category. Currently the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 50 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.7
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Overview

Is the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is a marvelous luxury midsize SUV that delivers on both the luxury and performance fronts. It has one of the most refined cabins in the class, and there's plenty of space for adults in both rows. The Cayenne has more than enough power for merging and passing vehicles on the highway, and this plug-in hybrid’s smooth and agile handling makes it a pleasure to drive. Unfortunately, the Porsche's fuel economy numbers aren't up to hybrid standards, and its cargo area is tight.

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We’ve analyzed 50 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid?

Prices for the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid range from $58,400 to $79,900. The average list price is $68,700. The price you pay varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Cost to Own?

Five-year estimated costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid are about $35,980 – or $7,200 per year. By comparison, estimated costs for the 2018 Lexus RX Hybrid are about $8,200 lower.

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

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid introduces no new changes over the previous model year.

On the other hand, the 2019 Cayenne Hybrid is completely redesigned. It receives new styling inside and out, 39 additional horsepower, and an extra 2.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. It also comes with a larger 12.3-inch touch-screen infotainment system (versus a 7-inch touch screen in the 2017 model) and new standard and available features. Newly standard features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, and Wi-Fi hot spot (though these features are available in older models). A surround-view camera and night vision assist were added to the options list.

Although the 2017 Cayenne Hybrid will cost you less, it doesn’t come with these extras. If these updates are important to you, consider the new model.

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For those interested in a new vehicle, there are a few options in this class that are within striking distance of the 2017 Cayenne Hybrid’s average price. Consider the newer and less expensive 2018 Lexus RX Hybrid. It fares well in the class thanks to its spacious and stylish cabin, superb fuel economy, and generous list of safety features. It also has quick acceleration and poised handling.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Is Best?

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is part of a generation that debuted for the 2011 model year. Prior to the 2015 model year, the Cayenne Hybrid was a traditional hybrid. 2015-and-later models are plug-in hybrids, so they have an electric-only range that earlier models lack. Also, a Platinum Edition trim made its debut for 2017.

Since there are very few changes throughout the years, you could opt for an older, cheaper model and still get a fairly similar vehicle. Just make sure you get a model from 2015 and later if you want the plug-in hybrid’s all-electric range.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid?

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid.

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Which Used Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid comes in two trim levels: S E-Hybrid and S E-Hybrid Platinum Edition. The base S E-Hybrid has a good amount of features for most drivers. These models comes with leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a 10-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio, navigation, a moonroof, a power liftgate, and front and rear parking sensors.

For more comfort and technology features, check out the S E-Hybrid Platinum Edition. It adds a 14-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, heated front seats, and eight-way power-adjustable sport seats.

Other optional packages and add-ons were also available when the Cayenne Hybrid was new, so some models may come with additional features.

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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?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid.

Every model comes with front and rear parking sensors. Some models may also include a rearview camera, a 360-degree parking camera, lane departure warning, lane change assist, forward collision warning, automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control.

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2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid or 2017 Tesla Model X?

The 2017 Tesla Model X's long all-electric driving range, sprightly acceleration, and sporty handling show that a fully electric vehicle can be efficient and fun at the same time. On the other hand, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid eases range anxiety. Its use of an electric motor and gasoline engine means you can gas up if you're running low and nowhere near a charging station. It’s also just as fun to drive as the Tesla. Your final decision ultimately comes down to the type of vehicle you prefer. Drivers who don’t want to plug in for all of their miles will prefer the Cayenne Hybrid, while the Model X is for those who want to kiss the gas pump goodbye.

Which Is Better: 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid or 2017 Lexus RX Hybrid?

The 2017 Lexus RX Hybrid is a great budget-friendly alternative to the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. The Lexus doesn't carry the same level of prestige as the Porsche, but it has a higher predicted reliability rating and a rich cabin with a generous list of safety features, comfortable seating, and quality materials. It also has a peppy engine and poised handling. If you're looking for more athletic performance, however, you'll be better off with the Cayenne Hybrid. Still, the RX Hybrid is a more sensible choice. Just know that it doesn't have an all-electric range like the Cayenne Hybrid.

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2017 Cayenne Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Drive?

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid's powertrain consists of a 416-horsepower, supercharged V6 engine and an electric motor mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All models come standard with all-wheel drive.  

This hybrid Porsche feels quick from a standstill, and it has plenty of power for highway passing and merging. The eight-speed automatic transmission makes the most of the V6's power, with its smooth and quick shifts.

The Cayenne Hybrid handles extremely well for a vehicle of this size, and you'll have no qualms steering it around twists and turns. In fact, this hybrid is one of the most athletic and fun-to-drive vehicles in the class. 

Does the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid delivers 46 MPGe in combined city and highway driving when running on electric power alone, but its range is only 14 miles (for more information, read What Is MPGe?). On gas and electric power, fuel economy drops to 22 mpg combined with the gas engine. These numbers are low for a hybrid.

By comparison, the all-electric 2017 Tesla Model X delivers 93 MPGe combined, and it has a 238-mile all-electric driving range. The 2017 Lexus RX Hybrid delivers 30 mpg combined.

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2017 Cayenne Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Cayenne Hybrid Seat?

There's seating for five people inside the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid. Its stately cabin is full of soft-touch surfaces, and both rows of seats are comfortable and supportive. Adults should have no qualms sitting in either the first or second row. Leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Some models may also include additional features such as heated front seats and eight-way power-adjustable sport seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid?

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and an upper tether on the middle seat.

2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Features

Standard features include a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, and navigation. Some models also come with additional features like a 14-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and Apple CarPlay.

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2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Dimensions

Cayenne Hybrid Cargo Space

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid has 20.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, expanding to 59.7 cubic feet with the back seats folded. Both figures are lower than what most rivals offer. Nonetheless, there's a good amount of small-item storage inside the cabin, and a power liftgate comes standard.

2017 Cayenne Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is roughly 15.9 feet long. Its curb weight is about 5,180 to 5,810 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Cayenne Hybrid Built?

Porsche built the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid in Slovakia and Germany.

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