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2015 Porsche Cayenne Review

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne ranks near the top of the luxury midsize SUV class. The Cayenne boasts lively engine performance, refined handling, a top-notch interior, and a high reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine options
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Comfortable, high-end interior
  • Mediocre cargo space
  • Tech features have a learning curve

New for 2015

  • Updated exterior styling and suspension
  • Cayenne S replaced V8 with twin-turbo V6
  • No base, GTS, and Turbo S trims for 2015
  • 360-degree parking camera became available




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Porsche Cayenne Overview

Is the 2015 Porsche Cayenne a Good Used SUV?

The Porsche Cayenne is a good pick if you’re considering a used luxury SUV. The Cayenne has a lovely interior, roomy seating space for five passengers, and a host of available safety features. The Cayenne pairs that family-friendly practicality with eye-opening performance. This Porsche SUV drives like an oversized sports car, as it blasts up to speed with power to spare and corners sharply while still providing a comfortable ride. Few SUVs are this fun to drive.

That said, this Porsche isn’t the best option for all shoppers, especially if you’re bargain hunting. The Cayenne is among the priciest SUVs to buy and maintain in this segment. Cargo space is small for this class. Further, Cayenne Diesel models are affected by Volkswagen’s emissions scandal and will require updates to meet EPA standards, which could alter performance and fuel economy. If these are deal breakers for you, consider other top-rated luxury midsize SUVs or even the smaller 2015 Porsche Macan.

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How Much Is the 2015 Porsche Cayenne?

Based on over 125 listings for the Porsche Cayenne on our site, the average price is $47,000. Prices range from $37,700 to $68,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Porsche Cayenne Cost to Own?

The Cayenne’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $35,300, or about $7,100 per year. That’s higher than average for a luxury midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Cayenne?

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne is fully redesigned. It starts at around $66,000 but can top $120,000 in its higher trim levels. This new model has a much larger touch screen (now 12.3 inches), sleeker cabin styling, and more available safety features like traffic sign recognition. That said, it’s still just as powerful and fun to drive as its predecessor, and its towing and cargo capacities are relatively unchanged. It’s surely a nice luxury SUV, but we suspect you’ll still be quite happy with a used Cayenne – and you can save thousands of dollars in the process.

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There are dozens of new luxury SUVs that cost less than a used 2015 Cayenne. The 2019 Audi Q5 (starting at $42,950) has agile handling, a high-end cabin, and many standard features. The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace ($44,600) is especially fun to drive, and its available diesel engine yields an impressive fuel economy rating of up to 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The 2019 Lexus RX 350 ($43,670) isn’t as sporty as the Cayenne, but it’s very well equipped and offers a blissfully smooth ride.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche Cayenne Is Best?

The second generation of the Porsche Cayenne covers the 2011 to 2018 model years. These sport utility vehicles all rate well for reliability, offer many of the same advanced safety features, and have rich cabin materials. There really isn’t a bad option among this bunch, though there are a few year-to-year updates to be aware of.

Porsche added fuel-efficient Diesel and racy GTS trims for 2013, and a high-performance 550-horsepower Turbo S model for 2014. Porsche then refreshed the Cayenne’s exterior styling for 2015 and upgraded the Cayenne S trim's engine. The base, GTS, and Turbo S models were temporarily discontinued for 2015, but they returned for 2016. Porsche added support for Apple CarPlay in 2017 and discontinued the Diesel model that year. There were no major updates for 2018.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Porsche Cayenne?

The Cayenne has an excellent reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Porsche Cayenne Recalls

The 2015 Cayenne is affected by two safety recalls. Porsche is recalling models because of alignment and brake pedal issues. Make sure these recalls are addressed by a Porsche dealer before buying a used Cayenne SUV.

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Which Used Porsche Cayenne Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne comes in three trim levels: Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S, and Cayenne Turbo. We review the 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid separately.

The Cayenne Diesel has a 240-horsepower turbo diesel V6 engine. The Cayenne S has a twin-turbocharged gas V6 with 420 horsepower. The range-topping Porsche Cayenne Turbo has a 520-horsepower twin-turbo gas V8 and an adaptive air suspension. All models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a CD player, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, remote keyless entry, a power liftgate, and alloy wheels.

The Cayenne Turbo builds on the lower trims with a navigation system, a Bose stereo, 18-way adjustable front sport seats, heated seats (front and rear), and parking sensors. Most of these features are available in the Diesel and S trims. Other upgrades include ventilated seats, a sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system with a pair of touch screens, the Sport Chrono package (adds a stopwatch and an additional driving mode), and a suite of active safety 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?

We are unable to provide safety scores for the Porsche Cayenne. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published crash test results for the 2015 model.

The Cayenne is available with parking sensors, adaptive pivoting headlights, a rearview camera, a 360-degree parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with brake assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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2015 Porsche Cayenne Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche Cayenne or 2015 BMW X5?

It’s hard to go wrong with either the 2015 BMW X5 or the Porsche Cayenne. Both of these luxury midsize SUVs offer comparable engine performance, driving dynamics, cargo space, and available safety features. Each SUV also has a well-trimmed interior. The BMW is a better value for most buyers, though. Used X5 models are typically less expensive to buy and maintain. The X5 also has an available, albeit small, third-row seat that makes it more family-friendly.

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche Cayenne or 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes M-Class is another good option, but its personality is quite different than the Cayenne’s. The M-Class isn’t as agile or fun-to-drive, but it boasts a silky smooth ride and a much larger cargo area. Its engine performance and safety features are also comparable to the Cayenne. Used models are often less expensive to buy as well. Test drive both to see which SUV you prefer.

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2015 Cayenne Performance

How Does the 2015 Porsche Cayenne Drive?

The Porsche Cayenne has three engine options: a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 with 240 horsepower in the Diesel trim, a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 420 horsepower in the Cayenne S, and a 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with 520 horsepower in the Turbo trim. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.

The diesel engine may not sound mighty, but with over 400 pound-feet of torque, it hustles the Cayenne up to speed and keeps pulling confidently on the highway. The V6 in the Cayenne S is quite capable as well, offering brisk acceleration and more than enough muscle for passing vehicles or hauling a trailer. By comparison, the Cayenne Turbo feels like overkill. It accelerates ferociously, and it can dash to 60 mph in around four seconds. It also has poor fuel economy. The eight-speed automatic performs well with each engine, and it delivers smooth and prompt gear changes.

The Cayenne delivers excellent driving dynamics, no matter which engine is under the hood. The SUV remains stable around tight turns, with responsive steering and its large brakes that slow the Porsche assertively. The Cayenne’s standard suspension provides a smooth ride, though it’s worth finding a model equipped with the optional active suspension (PASM) or air suspension. Both offer a more cushioned ride when driving on rough roads. The air suspension also has an off-road setting, which provides the Cayenne with a tall 10.7 inches of ground clearance.

Does the 2015 Porsche Cayenne Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Cayenne’s fuel economy ranges from good to bad. The Cayenne Diesel gets an EPA-rated 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The Porsche Cayenne S manages 17/24 mpg city/highway, and the Cayenne Turbo yields a low 14/21 mpg.

2015 Porsche Cayenne Towing Capacity

The Cayenne is rated to tow up to 7,700 pounds, when properly equipped.

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2015 Cayenne Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Cayenne Seat?

The Porsche Cayenne is a two-row SUV with five seats. The front seats are plush and generously padded, providing great support even on long road trips. The rear seats are similarly cozy, and they slide and recline. Both rows offer ample head- and legroom for tall passengers. Leather seats are standard; heated and ventilated seats (front and rear) are available.

The Cayenne’s interior is quiet, and it’s trimmed with high-end upholstery, elegant metal accents, and soft-touch plastics. The cascading center stack also gives the cabin a very sporty and cockpit-like feel.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Porsche Cayenne?

The Cayenne has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2015 Porsche Cayenne Features

The 2015 Cayenne comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, a CD player, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available features include a navigation system, a Bose or Burmester stereo system, and a pair of 10.1-inch touch screens with DVD and SD card inputs for back-seat passengers.

The infotainment screen responds quickly, and its menus are simple to navigate. The dashboard layout is a bit tricky. There are dozens of buttons, toggles, and a few knobs that control nearly all of the Cayenne’s functions. It can feel overwhelming at first, but it gets easy to use on the go after some practice.

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2015 Porsche Cayenne Dimensions

Porsche Cayenne Cargo Space

The Cayenne has 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and 62.9 cubic feet with these seats folded. That’s smaller than average for a luxury midsize SUV. A power liftgate is standard.

2015 Cayenne Length and Weight

The Porsche Cayenne is 15.9 feet long. Depending on configuration, it weighs between 4,597 and 4,817 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Porsche Cayenne Built?

Porsche built the 2015 Cayenne in Germany.


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