Road Test/ 100
Predicted Reliability/ 5
Predicted Owner Satisfaction/ 5
The midsized Cayenne is one of the sportiest, most responsive SUVs available. The V6 and eight-speed automatic work well together. V8 and hybrid engines are also available. The eight-speed automatic is supersmooth. The ride is steady and composed but rather stiff at low speeds. The seats are supportive and comfortable, and the cargo area is roomy enough. Interior fit and finish is impeccable, with high-quality leather and brushed aluminum trim, but the controls can be confusing at first. The touch screen for audio, navigation, and phone interaction is easy to reach and straightforward to use. A plug-in hybrid is available and has a 14-mile electric range. It takes 2½ hours to charge with a 240-volt connector.