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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.0
Safety: N/A
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2015 Porsche Cayenne Review

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne SUV sits in the top third of our luxury midsize SUV rankings, thanks to its inspiring performance, high-class interior, and solid predicted reliability rating. A high cost of ownership estimate lowers its position in the rankings. 

Pros & Cons

  • Swift acceleration
  • Athletic handling
  • Opulent interior
  • Great predicted reliability rating
  • Tech features have a learning curve

New for 2015

  • Revised exterior styling
  • 20 horsepower boost with S and Turbo trims
  • Suspension tweaked for improved ride and handling
  • Available surround-view camera and ventilated rear seats

2015 Porsche Cayenne Overview

Is the 2015 Porsche Cayenne a Good Used SUV?

If you’re searching for an SUV with sports-car attributes and a lavish interior, the Cayenne answers the call. However, its high price and ownership costs may make it prohibitively expensive for some shoppers.

Used 2015 Porsche Cayenne Performance and Interior

The Cayenne is a powerful luxury midsize SUV that does not disappoint. The Cayenne S features a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. For even quicker acceleration, you’ll want the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and its twin-turbo V8, which is good for 520 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. With the Turbo and the available Sport Chrono package, the Cayenne has a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.1-seconds and a top speed of 151 mph. The Cayenne also offers a turbodiesel powertrain, which has slower acceleration than the rest of the Cayenne lineup.

Nondiesel Cayenne models return middling fuel economy for the class: 14-17 mpg in the city and 21-24 mpg on the highway. EPA estimates for diesel models were unavailable at the time of publication. For even better mileage, check out the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, which we review separately. All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and fuel-conserving stop-start technology.

With standard all-wheel drive, the Cayenne has incredible grip around turns. The available air suspension improves both ride and handling via three driving modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus. In Comfort mode, the Cayenne’s already silky ride becomes even smoother. Switch to Sport or Sport Plus at will to give this SUV sports-car handling.

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The Cayenne boasts a handsome interior, with soft-touch surfaces and high-grade fabrics like standard leather upholstery. All models feature power-adjustable front seats, and some models have heated and ventilated front and rear seats. The Cayenne has cushioned, supportive seats that provide ample room for up to five passengers. If you like to live life one sharp curve at a time, the available sport seats and their extra side bolstering may appeal to you. For those with small children, the Cayenne’s rear outboard seats provide two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, and the middle seat has a tether-only connection.

There’s no shortage of features in the Cayenne. Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, and the PCM infotainment system, which features a 7-inch touch-screen display, navigation, and a 10-speaker audio system. At first glance, the PCM system’s overwhelming number of buttons may stun you, but they're intuitively laid out and easy to learn. While the system is easy to use and quick to respond, its touch-screen display isn’t as large as what rivals offer. The Cayenne is also available with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with dual 10.1-inch touch screens. Music lovers will want models with either the available 14-speaker Bose or 16-speaker Burmester audio systems.

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Used 2015 Porsche Cayenne Prices

Prices range from about $54,750 for a Cayenne Diesel model to around $82,725 for the range-topping Cayenne Turbo. Prices depend on the vehicle's location, condition, and mileage.

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We Did the Research for You: 84 Reviews Analyzed

Like all our reviews, we didn't base this Porsche Cayenne review on our personal opinions. Instead, we analyzed the opinions of the automotive press alongside data such as safety scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership reports.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Porsche Cayenne?

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne has a nearly perfect predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five, which is better than most of its competitors.

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How Safe Is the Cayenne?

As with many pricey luxury vehicles, neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tested the 2015 Cayenne.

The Cayenne offers numerous driver assistance features. A rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors comes standard. Available features include a surround-view parking camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, park assist, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

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Should I Consider Another Used Cayenne?

The second generation of the Cayenne debuted for the 2011 model year and includes the 2018 Porsche Cayenne. For 2015, the Cayenne got an exterior face-lift, a 20-horsepower increase for the S and Turbo trims, and a retooled suspension for improved ride and handling. The 2016 Cayenne saw the reintroduction of the base (non-S) trim as well as the high-performance Cayenne GTS and Turbo S trims. Unless you’re interested in one of these trims, go for a 2015 model, which offers similar features at a lower price.

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Which Used Porsche Cayenne Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne is available in several trims, including S, Diesel, and Turbo. Among them, the Porsche Cayenne S offers the best combination of features and performance. While the S isn’t quite as powerful as the Turbo, its zero-to-60-mph time is only a second slower. The Cayenne S also comes with most of the same features of the Turbo.

Given the high cost of repair for high-end luxury vehicles, you may want to consider shopping for a certified pre-owned model. For its CPO 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 or 50,000 miles – though Porsche places total mileage limits on this warranty. 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.

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2015 Porsche Cayenne and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche Cayenne or 2015 Porsche Macan?

You can’t go wrong with either Porsche. Like the Cayenne, the Porsche Macan touts engaging road manners, a world-class interior, and a superb predicted reliability rating. The smaller Macan has less rear-seat and cargo space than the Cayenne but still offers more utility than Porsche's sports cars. In terms of performance, the Cayenne’s engines provide quicker acceleration but not by much. A Macan Turbo model with the Performance package takes about the same amount of time to go from zero to 60 mph as the Cayenne.

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

The BMW X5 rivals the Cayenne’s performance, yet it has a much smaller price tag. Both models are excellent luxury midsize SUVs, each having agile handling, a customizable suspension, and a long list of standard features. The X5’s predicted reliability rating is lower than the Cayenne’s, though it's still average among all vehicles. The X5 offers an available third row of seats, though it has little legroom. If you’re more interested in value, the X5’s better fuel economy and lower cost of ownership may appeal to you.

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