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2013 Porsche Cayenne Review

If you are looking for a top-ranking used luxury midsize SUV with a lavish interior, sporty driving dynamics, commanding acceleration, and great reliability ratings, you may want to consider a used 2013 Porsche Cayenne.

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Robust acceleration
  • Expensive asking prices
  • Limited cargo space




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 Porsche Cayenne Overview

Is the 2013 Porsche Cayenne a Good Used SUV?

A used 2013 Porsche Cayenne is a good option if you’re shopping for a luxury midsize SUV. The Cayenne rewards with athletic handling, searing engine performance, and a sumptuous interior. It’s also available with many advanced safety features. That said, used Cayennes are often the most expensive models in this class – by a large margin. You’re likely to find similarly fun-to-drive alternatives for thousands of dollars less, like the BMW X5.

It’s also worth noting that Cayenne Diesel models are affected by Volkswagen’s emissions scandal and will require modifications to meet EPA standards. Shoppers looking for used diesel models should be cautious, as these updates may alter the vehicle’s performance or fuel economy.

Used 2013 Porsche Cayenne Performance and Interior

The 2013 Cayenne has five engine options. Base models have a 300-horsepower V6, which gets the SUV up to speed quickly and supplies eager passing power. Fuel economy is decent by class standards at 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The Cayenne Diesel has a 240-horsepower turbodiesel V6. It also hustles the SUV around briskly, but it gets better fuel economy of 20/29 mpg city/highway. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard; only base models are available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Performance gets hotter from there. The Cayenne S and GTS have a V8 with 400 and 420 horsepower, respectively. The Cayenne Turbo has a twin-turbocharged V8 with 500 horsepower. All three offer rapid acceleration – zooming from zero to 60 mph takes less than 5.5 seconds. Gas mileage drops further though, with each averaging 15 to 16 mpg in the city and 21 to 22 mpg on the highway. The Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid is reviewed separately.

Regardless of engine, the Cayenne handles with exceptional balance. The SUV feels stable around turns, its steering is quick and nicely weighted, and the brakes provide confident stopping power. The standard suspension yields a fairly smooth ride, but it’s worth finding a model with the optional active suspension – known as PASM – or height-adjustable air suspension. Both dial in a supple ride, without affecting the SUV’s sharp driving dynamics. The air suspension even has an off-road setting, which allows for a tall 10.8 inches of ground clearance. The Cayenne has a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds when properly equipped.

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The Porsche Cayenne is a 2-row SUV with seating for five. The front seats are deeply padded and offer excellent support. The outboard rear seats are comfortable as well, and both rows provide ample head- and legroom. The rear seats can slide and recline to better accommodate tall passengers. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Cayenne trails many of its class rivals in cargo space, however. There’s just 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 62.7 cubic feet with the seats folded.

The Cayenne has a hushed interior, top-notch materials, and handsome styling. Slide behind the driver’s seat, and you’ll find no shortage of soft leather upholstery and crisp aluminum trim. Standard features are abundant as well, including a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and a cooled glove box. The dashboard layout can be a little confusing, though. Dozens of controls are arranged on a cascading center stack, giving the Cayenne’s interior a cockpitlike feel. This layout solves the hassle of searching through on-screen menus for simple functions, but some buttons can be tricky to locate on-the-go.

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Used 2013 Porsche Cayenne Prices

The price of a used Cayenne SUV ranges from around $32,700 for a base V6 model to $54,500 for a Turbo model. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 35 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve researched 35 Porsche Cayenne reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Porsche Cayenne?

The Cayenne has great reliability, earning a perfect score of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Cayenne?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published crash test results for the 2013 Cayenne.

Porsche offers the Cayenne with an available rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive bi-xenon headlights that pivot around turns, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with brake assist.

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Is the 2013 Cayenne the Best Model Year to Buy?

The second-generation Cayenne SUV spans the 2011 through 2018 model years. Features for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 models are similar, and you can probably save some money by choosing an older Cayenne SUV. If you want a Diesel model or one of the GTS trims, you’ll have to buy a used 2013 Cayenne (the first year these models were produced).

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Which Used Porsche Cayenne Is Right for Me?

Porsche offers the 2013 Cayenne in five trims. The base Cayenne V6 model and the Cayenne Diesel (300 and 240 horsepower, respectively) have a 7-inch touch screen, a CD player, an auxiliary input, Bluetooth, cruise control, a power tailgate, remote keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers, and alloy wheels.

The Porsche Cayenne S (400 horsepower) adds a moonroof. The Cayenne GTS (420 horsepower) adds an air suspension, sport exhaust, and adaptive pivoting headlights. Lastly, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo (500 horsepower) adds a navigation system, a Bose stereo, heated seats (front and rear), and parking sensors. These features are optional in lower trims. Additional options include satellite radio, quad-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, rear-seat DVD screens, and an array of active safety features.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Cayenne. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Porsche extends the original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. If the vehicle is past its original new-car warranty term (four years/50,000 miles), Porsche will cover the vehicle for two years with no mileage restrictions. Each vehicle must pass a 111-point inspection. Additional perks like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Porsche warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Porsche Cayenne and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Porsche Cayenne or 2013 BMW X5?

The Cayenne is a better luxury SUV than the 2013 BMW X5. It has nicer cabin materials, higher reliability ratings, and a finer balance between ride comfort and handling. The X5 rides a bit firmly for many tastes. That said, the BMW is a better value. It offers comparable engine performance, more cargo space, and an optional third row for use in a pinch. Used X5s are also usually much less expensive than used Cayennes.

Which Is Better: 2013 Porsche Cayenne or 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class?

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class has secure, sure-footed handling. However, it isn’t as fun to drive as the Cayenne, and its reliability rating is only average by class standards. Still, the M-Class is a better buy for most shoppers. It offers similar active safety features, rapid acceleration, and a classy interior with far more cargo space. Used M-Class models are often much less expensive as well.

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