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Porsche Cayenne 2008 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Sport Utility
The Cayenne luxury, midsized SUV received a freshening for 2008, with revised styling and more power. It comes with a choice of a Volkswagen-based V6 engine, a Porsche V8, or a twin-turbo version of the V8. Low-range gearing and advanced electronics promise some off-road capability. The S and Turbo are effortlessly quick and the Cayenne is relatively agile despite its heft. At speed the ride is steady and controlled, but stiff at low speeds. Some controls are overly complicated. Like the Range Rover, the Turbo has an automatically adjustable ride height.

See Reliability page for the latest 2008 Porsche Cayenne recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.

Road Test

Despite its heft, the Cayenne is quick and sporty. It can also tow a heavy trailer and has credible off-road capability. Still though, the Cayenne appeals to a very specific motorist. While it handles terrifically for its size, ride quality is stiff...


  • Handling, steering, acceleration, transmission.


  • Ride, fuel economy, controls, noisy and grainy rear-view camera.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (290 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 (405 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 (385 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 turbo (500 hp)