The midsized Cayenne is one of the most agile SUVs on the market. It packs genuine Porsche DNA into its driving characteristics with communicative steering and responsive brakes that feel direct and precise. Even when it's asked to carve its way around a racetrack, the Cayenne remains in its element. And yet, it's also a luxurious and functional SUV with ample passenger and cargo room.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The midsized Cayenne is one of the most agile SUVs on the market. It packs genuine Porsche DNA into its driving characteristics with communicative steering and responsive brakes that feel direct and precise. Even when it's asked to carve its way around a racetrack, the Cayenne remains in its element.

And yet, it's also a luxurious and functional SUV with ample passenger and cargo room. The ride is supple and steady when cruising on a highway, but tends to be rather stiff at low urban speeds. A quiet cabin and superbly comfortable seats ensure you'll reach your destination fresh and fatigue-free. Interior materials and fit and finish are impeccable and in good taste with genuine wood, leather and chrome. Controls tend to be confusing at first with an array of buttons spread across the console. A handy touchscreen interfaces with the audio, phone and navigation functions.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 hybrid (380 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 turbodiesel (240 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (300 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 turbo (500 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 (400 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 turbo (550 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 (420 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Porsche Cayenne owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Automatic headlight dimmer failed"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0-L V6 diesel)
CD player

"No sound. Software upgrade by dealer seemed to fix it"

Anonymous, NE (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"The pcm (porsche com system) reboots often causing all navigation, phone pairing maps to not load and leave a blank screen in dash and drivers display. This is intermittent and may happen 10x in a row and for several days and then not at all for weeks. Frustrating! Seems to be a common issue and several thousand dollars to replace when out of warranty according to porsche owners threads.Mechanic says very expensive to replace & No repair available."

Anonymous, IN (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Screen goes blank maybe when phone and GPS both engaged"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Unable to comtrol sound"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Porsche Cayenne GTS 4.8-L V8 turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"was not responsive to touch, would turn on and off by itself, replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"Screen goes blank when using Navigation system."

Anonymous, GA (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"No sound from radio. Software upgrade by dealer seemed to fix problem"

Anonymous, NE (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"Differetial disintegrated/failed at 113,000. Car was not drivable- made a lot of noise- has to be towed in $4900 at porsche dealer. (Independent Repair cost $3800 )"

Anonymous, IN (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"the differential makes a very annoying scraping noise"

Anonymous, TN (2014 Porsche Cayenne GTS 4.8-L V8 turbo)
Electrical failure

"When the fan failed, I thought it was a fuse, so I thought, I could fix that. As I began changing fuses, the problem quickly worsened. other things quit working. At that point I quit trying to fix it, and drove it to the shop. They found the overflowing water, which was flowing onto the coputer and fixed all of the modules that had been damaged."

Sue C., GA (2014 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Transfer case

"A growling / crunching noise occurred when turning during slow speeds, such as parking lots. After considerable investigation, technicians determined the transfer case was faulty (not sure exactly how) and needed to be replaced. Luckily, Porsche covered the cost because it was under warranty. We purchased the vehicle as a Certified Pre-owned when it had about 5,500 miles on it. This warranty provides full coverage for five years / 100K miles."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"The component failed, but Porsche repaired it under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Porsche Cayenne GTS 4.8-L V8 turbo)

"The Porsche authorized service center replaced the transfer case in an attempt to stop the scraping noise coming from the differential. However it did not solve the problem. The transfer case is a common failure point for Cayennes. The problem remains unresolved."

Anonymous, TN (2014 Porsche Cayenne GTS 4.8-L V8 turbo)

"Between second and third gears, I could feel a sensation as though there were bumps in the road."

Carol G., RI (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"This recall was necessary because VW / Porsche engineers and executives chose to develop software to cheat on emissions testing. I waited to order this vehicle specifically to get an energy-efficient diesel. I have lost some of that efficiency and the engine braking function that it had at purchase."

Anonymous, CO (2014 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"The Cayenne was part of VW diesel recall due to emissions scandal. It has been fixed at Porsche dealership and so far so good. It looks like a mileage loss of 1-2 mpg but worth it if fix stopped polluting."

C C., MA (2014 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"DEF warming system replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, MD (2014 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Reduced engine power light kept coming on and I could feel power reduced."

Anonymous, WA (2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S 4.8-L V8 turbo)

"Nox sensor failed"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Porsche replaced the torque converter on a 5 months old car to address excessive vibrations during down shifting. It didn't fix the issue and now they say that this is normal car behaviour. I am selling both of my Porche cars at a considerable loss d"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"infrequently, shifting from reverse to drive, the car bucks or waits a while to recognize the shift."

Carol G., RI (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"replaced transfer case covered by warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Porsche fixed the problem under warranty. Slipped around 4th gear. Apparently not uncommon."

Anonymous, ON (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"the drain that funnels all forms of water from the windshield to the ground got clogged with debris. Once the drain filled up with water, the area above the drain filled up and overflowed onto my AC blower moter. The Water was also overflowing onto my computer but luckily, it caused NO damage. I am not sure WHY the drain got plugged, but there may have ben ants involved. There were a lot of ants crawling around on the hood, fender, and windshield."

Sue C., GA (2014 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Squeaks or rattles

"The Cayenne rattles everywhere. The gear shifter rattles, the door panels rattle, and there are rattles that we have spent countless hours trying to find with no luck. Will never buy a Porsche Rattle-Box again"

Joe G., MD (2014 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0-L V6 diesel)

"Climate control makes a hissing noise when the blower is on at full blast"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Faulty internal alarm required a button inside the car post to be pressed to manually turn the internal alarm off when existing the car. If not pressed the alarm would turn on at random. It took almost 4 months to get the new module installed. Many m"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)
Clock

"Second hand fell off of shaft"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"normal brake wear"

Bernardo B., FL (2014 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0-L V6 diesel)
Squeaking

"8500 option for ceramic brakes in 2014, nowvstandard on all Turbo S models. Horrible for everyday commuting!"

Mark L., AZ (2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S 4.8-L V8 turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Water pump developed a leak, Replacement was covered by an extended warranty that I had purchased, less a deductible."

Michael N., MO (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Had to have the transfer case replaced. Trans slipped between first and second gear."

Carol G., RI (2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"The motor worked intermittently for about 2 months then completely failed. It was winter in the mountains where I live, and we had no defrost or heat. Made for dangerous driving conditions. My own research revealed that it is a relatively common issue because the fan is too small for the size of the car"

Mandy R., CO (2014 Porsche Cayenne GTS 4.8-L V8 turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

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