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Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.0
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2016 Porsche Cayenne Review

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne delivers adept performance both on and off road. It also has a comfortable, driver-oriented interior. A major concern is its high cost of ownership.

Pros & Cons

  • Authoritative acceleration
  • Nimble handling
  • Driver-oriented cockpit design
  • Cramped cargo area
  • High cost of ownership

2016 Porsche Cayenne Overview

Is the 2016 Porsche Cayenne a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne offers a comfortable, luxurious ride, and when you want to have some fun behind the wheel, it delivers some of the segment’s most thrilling driving dynamics. It lacks a third row of seats, so look elsewhere if you need room for more than five people. The one downside is a very high projected cost of ownership. It’s high even compared to most luxury midsize SUVs.

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How Much Is the 2016 Porsche Cayenne?

The 2016 Cayenne is one of the most expensive SUVs in its class. Its average price of almost $59,000 eclipses the typical cost of a 2016 BMW X6 and 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE by $4,000 or more. We source our 2016 Cayenne price estimate from more than 350 listings of this SUV on our used car site, with prices ranging from $45,900 to $87,600. The Cayenne’s varied trim levels and options trigger this broad span of prices, with vehicle condition, mileage, and regional demand also affecting the price.

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How Much Does the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Cost to Own?

Select ownership costs are significantly higher for the 2016 Porsche Cayenne than they are for most other luxury midsize SUVs. Over the course of five years, expect to pay about $39,500 for this SUV’s insurance, fuel, maintenance, and repairs. Compare that to the estimated costs of these items for a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE ($36,900) and 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport ($35,000).

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Cayenne?

For 2018, a new Porsche Cayenne comes with a $65,700 starting price – that's $6,900 more than the average price of a 2016 Cayenne. There aren't many differences between these two model years. The 2018 model includes some enhancements to the infotainment system, and though these improvements make the interface a little easier to use, the updated system is not a make-it-or-break-it feature. We recommend saving your money and shopping for a used 2016 Cayenne instead.

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Several new luxury midsize SUVs have a price tag at or below the average cost of a 2016 Cayenne, but only one comes close to the Porsche for athletic performance: the 2018 BMW X5. One of the best vehicles in its class, the X5 has nimble handling and a lineup of robust engines. A family-friendly atmosphere helped the X5 earn our 2018 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families award. Pricing starts at $57,200 for the base X5 sDrive35i. The 2018 Audi Q7 is also fun to drive. Its interior is one of the most luxurious in this segment, featuring first-class materials and an elegant ambiance. Though the Q7’s standard engine isn’t quite as potent as the Cayenne’s or X5’s, you can opt for a supercharged V6-powered Q7 for $56,400.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Porsche Cayenne?

J.D. Power gives the 2016 Cayenne a reliability score of 3.5 out of five (three is about average for all used cars).

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2016 Porsche Cayenne Recalls

Porsche has issued one recall on the 2016 Cayenne at the time of this writing. The recall addresses a potentially missing piece of hardware for the brake pedal. Before you buy a used SUV, make sure any applicable recalls have been properly fixed.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche Cayenne Is Best?

The 2016 model is part of a Cayenne generation that launched for the 2011 model year and includes the 2018 Porsche Cayenne. The Cayenne received a midgeneration refresh for the 2015 model year. You might consider a 2015 Cayenne to save a couple thousand dollars, but the 2016 Cayenne offers a wider array of trim levels.

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Which Used Porsche Cayenne Model Is Right for Me?

There are six 2016 Cayenne models to choose from. The base Cayenne has a V6 engine that makes 300 horsepower. The Cayenne Platinum trim adds interior tech like Apple CarPlay and the Porsche Connect Plus app. The other trims are best differentiated by their performance specs. The Cayenne S has 420 horsepower. The Cayenne GTS has 440 horsepower. The Cayenne Turbo has 520 horsepower, and the top-of-the-line Turbo S has 570 horsepower. The base V6 engine feels underpowered, so we recommend the Cayenne S.

There's also an E-Hybrid model (you can read more on this hybrid SUV in our separate 2016 Cayenne S E-Hybrid review).

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Certified Pre-Owned Porsche Cayenne Warranty

You might also consider a certified pre-owned Cayenne. Porsche offers a similar level of coverage to what you get with a certified pre-owned Land Rover and certified pre-owned BMW, starting with an extension of 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.

The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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How Safe Is the Cayenne?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tested the 2016 Porsche Cayenne, which is normal for a high-end vehicle.

Available advanced safety features for the 2016 Cayenne include lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera system, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

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2016 Porsche Cayenne Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche Cayenne or 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

Among luxury midsize SUVs, the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has the best off-road capability. Also, the Range Rover Sport has available seating for seven. Both vehicles offer a wide range of powerful engines. However, the Range Rover Sport has a below-average reliability score of 2.5 out of five, while the Cayenne has an above-average score of 3.5. That makes the Porsche the better choice.

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

There are many similarities between the 2016 BMW X5 and 2016 Cayenne. Both have some of the best driving dynamics in the class. Both have six-cylinder base engines that produce about 300 horsepower, and both offer higher-performance models. The BMW has slightly more cargo space with all rear seats folded (about 3 more cubic feet), and it has an available third row that boosts its seating capacity to seven. The Porsche's reliability rating is slightly better, but the BMW rates better for ownership costs, and its average price is about $11,000 less than the Cayenne's. Both are good SUVs, but the X5 is ultimately the better choice.

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2016 Cayenne Performance

How Does the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Drive?

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne has a standard 300-horsepower V6 engine and five available engines: two twin-turbocharged V6s (with 420 and 440 horsepower, respectively), two twin-turbocharged V8s (520 and 570 horsepower), and a 240-horsepower diesel V6. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard in all models, as is all-wheel drive.

The Cayenne has better handling than most SUVs thanks to its precise steering and ability to stay flat through corners. Put the adjustable air suspension in Sport Plus mode (one of three available driving modes) and the Cayenne feels almost as composed as a sports car.

Does the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Cayenne earns an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. That’s a little on the low side for a vehicle this size.

2016 Porsche Cayenne Towing Capacity

The base Cayenne can tow up to 7,716 pounds.

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2016 Cayenne Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Cayenne Seat?

The Porsche Cayenne seats up to five in two rows. Leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard, as is a sliding and reclining back seat.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Porsche Cayenne?

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for child seats in the Cayenne’s rear outboard seats.

2016 Porsche Cayenne Features

The 2016 Cayenne comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control and the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and navigation. Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, a Burmester or Bose surround-sound stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a smartphone integration system that lets you remotely unlock doors, locate your vehicle, and view driving statistics.

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2016 Porsche Cayenne Dimensions

Porsche Cayenne Cargo Space

The 2016 Porsche Cayenne has 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 62.9 cubic feet with them folded. That's less cargo room than most luxury midsize SUVs offer. The Cayenne also has fewer in-cabin small-item storage compartments than some rivals.

Porsche Cayenne Length and Weight

Curb weight on the Cayenne ranges from 4,625 to 5,809 pounds – depending on the configuration – and its gross weight tops out at 6,724 pounds. The Cayenne is 15.9 feet long.

Where Was the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Built?

Porsche built the 2016 Cayenne at its factory in Leipzig, Germany.

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