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2017 Porsche Cayenne Review

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne's exhilarating handling, brawny engine lineup, first-class interior, and comfortable seats earn it a spot in the top third of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. However, it has some of the highest ownership costs in the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong acceleration with optional engines
  • Superior handling ability
  • Comfortable seats
  • Stylish, well-made interior
  • Hefty price tag and high ownership costs
  • Below-average cargo capacity
  • Complicated dashboard layout

New for 2017

  • Upgraded standard infotainment system
  • Platinum Edition trim introduced
  • Diesel model discontinued




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.6
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Porsche Cayenne Overview

Is the 2017 Porsche Cayenne a Good Used SUV?

The two-row Porsche Cayenne is a great luxury midsize SUV – if you can afford it. Its potent engine options and athletic road manners equate to a sports-car-like driving experience. Shoppers can also take some comfort in the Cayenne’s above-average predicted reliability rating.

This Porsche features a luxurious cabin with excellent fit and finish and outstanding seating comfort for all. Cargo space, on the other hand, is poor for the class. Additionally, the Cayenne’s infotainment system and busy dashboard can take some time to master.

Although the Cayenne is an exciting SUV, it’s expensive to buy and maintain. Many rivals have much lower average prices and cost significantly less to operate. Make sure you check them out before making your final decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 51 Porsche Cayenne reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2017 Porsche Cayenne?

Our site has more than 280 used listings for the 2017 Porsche Cayenne. With an average list price of $67,300, the Cayenne is one of the priciest options in the class. However, its price can range from $56,200 to $98,900, depending on the model you choose and its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Cost to Own?

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $38,700, which is one of the highest estimates in the class. Estimated costs for the 2017 BMW X5 and 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport are about $4,100 less.

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

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne starts at $65,700, but it can easily soar above $140,000 with options and features. Shopping used will save you tens of thousands of dollars. However, Porsche completely redesigned the Cayenne for 2019. The new Cayenne has fewer trims, 35 more horsepower in the base engine, a simpler dashboard layout, and new driver assistance features like a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, and night vision assist. If you have plenty of room in your budget, consider the new model. Otherwise, save your money.

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Because the Cayenne is more expensive than nearly every rival, you can easily spend significantly less on other new models.  The 2018 BMW X5 (starting at $57,200) has a range of powerful engines, sporty handling, and exceptionally comfortable seats. The 2018 Audi Q7 ($49,900) is another option. It comes with all-wheel drive and a lengthy list of standard and available features. The Q7 also features a luxurious cabin and fuel-efficient engines with plenty of power. However, neither SUV matches the Cayenne’s refined performance.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche Cayenne Is Best?

The 2017 Cayenne is part of a generation that spans the 2011 through 2018 model years. There are several good reasons to consider the 2015 Cayenne. Porsche revised the exterior and tweaked the suspension, and the Cayenne S and Turbo trims got a small boost in horsepower. Fans of the GTS and Turbo S trims will want a model from 2016 or 2017, since both models were on a hiatus in 2015. For 2017, the Cayenne received an improved infotainment system, and the diesel model was discontinued. There no major changes for 2018.

For many customers, the 2015 model is the best choice. Although you can’t get the improved infotainment system or the GTS and Turbo S trims, you’re still getting a vehicle that’s mechanically very similar to the 2017 for considerably less money.

How Reliable Is the 2017 Porsche Cayenne?

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

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2017 Porsche Cayenne Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Porsche Cayenne has no reported recalls.  

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Which Used Porsche Cayenne Model Is Right for Me?

There are six 2017 Cayenne models to choose from: Cayenne, Platinum Edition, S, GTS, Turbo, and Turbo S. The base Porsche Cayenne’s standard features list should impress most shoppers. However, its 300-horsepower V6 engine doesn’t offer the kind of power expected from a Porsche.

The Porsche Cayenne Platinum trim adds interior tech like Apple CarPlay and the Porsche Connect Plus app. The other trims vary by their performance specs. The Cayenne S has 420 horsepower, and the Cayenne GTS has 440 horsepower. The Cayenne Turbo has 520 horsepower, and the top-of-the-line Turbo S has 570 horsepower. We recommend the Porsche Cayenne S, which offers the best balance of price, features, and performance.

There's also a Cayenne E-Hybrid model, which we review separately. 

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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?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2017 Porsche Cayenne, which is normal for a high-end vehicle.

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

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2017 Porsche Cayenne Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Porsche Cayenne or 2017 BMW X5?

The 2017 BMW X5 has several things in common with the Cayenne. Both offer exceptional driving dynamics, 300-horsepower V6 base engines, and high-performance models. While the Cayenne’s cargo hold is on the small side, the X5 offers a few more cubic feet of space. The X5 is also available with seven-person seating. The Porsche's predicted reliability rating is slightly better, but the BMW’s average list price and ownership estimates are lower. Overall, the X5 is the better buy. However, both vehicles are excellent choices.

Which Is Better: 2017 Porsche Cayenne or 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport?

The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has arguably the best off-road capabilities in the class, so it’s a great option for adventurers. With its third row, it can also seat a couple more people than the two-row Cayenne. Both cars offer upscale interiors with comfortable seats, as well as a range of powerful engines. Porsche dropped the Cayenne’s diesel engine for 2017, but the Range Rover Sport still has an available diesel powertrain. The Cayenne has a leg up on the Range Rover Sport when it comes to predicted reliability, but the Range Rover Sport is a better choice for day-to-day driving. Still, nothing compares to the thrill of driving the Cayenne.

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2017 Porsche Cayenne Performance

How Does the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Drive?

The Porsche Cayenne comes standard with a 300-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base engine generates decent power, but it isn’t as punchy as the muscular engines in upper trims. Cayenne S and GTS models feature a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 that produces 420 and 440 horsepower, respectively. The top-of-the-line Turbo and Turbo S models use variations of a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 engine that make 520 horsepower with the Turbo and 570 horsepower with the Turbo S.

The Cayenne is an exceptional performer, and few class rivals come close to its exciting driving dynamics. The Cayenne's ride is firm but still absorbs most roadway imperfections. If you opt for the Turbo trim, you get an adjustable suspension to customize your driving experience. All-wheel drive comes standard.

Does the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine, the Cayenne’s returns 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. If you upgrade to the twin-turbocharged V6 in the Cayenne S, city fuel economy drops to 17 mpg, but highway mileage remains the same. Both fuel economy estimates are about average for the class.

2017 Porsche Cayenne Towing Capacity

The base Porsche Cayenne can tow up to 7,716 pounds when properly equipped.

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2017 Porsche Cayenne Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Seat?

The Cayenne seats five on standard leather upholstery. Eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard, along with sliding and reclining rear seats. Heated and ventilated front seats, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, and heated rear seats are available. Every seat in the Cayenne’s cabin is comfortable, and prominent side bolstering ensures extra support. Throughout the Cayenne’s luxe interior, you’ll notice fine-grade leather and soft-touch materials.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Porsche Cayenne?

The Cayenne’s LATCH car-seat system provides complete sets of anchors on both outboard rear seats and a tether-only connection on the middle seat.

2017 Porsche Cayenne Features

Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a 4.8-inch driver information display, and a Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system, which features a 7-inch touch-screen display, a hard drive, a navigation system, a USB port, and Bluetooth.

Options include quad-zone climate control, a moonroof, proximity key entry, a 14-speaker Bose premium audio system, a 16-speaker Burmester surround sound audio system, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

The Cayenne’s dashboard features a multitude of buttons and controls, which can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you can quickly master the dashboard arrangement after some practice with the various functions. The 7-inch touch screen is small compared to what you’ll find in rivals like the 2017 Tesla Model X and 2017 Volvo XC90.

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2017 Porsche Cayenne Dimensions

Porsche Cayenne Cargo Space

Behind the second row, the Porsche Cayenne has 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Collapse the split-folding rear seats for 62.9 cubic feet, which is below average for a luxury midsize SUV. Turbo and Turbo S models reduce maximum capacity to 60.2 cubic feet. A power liftgate is standard.

2017 Cayenne Length and Weight

The 2017 Porsche Cayenne is about 15.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,625 to 5,809 pounds, depending on the configuration.  

Where Was the 2017 Porsche Cayenne Built?

Porsche manufactured the 2017 Cayenne in Germany.

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