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 is 1 recall 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 (416 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 turbo (420 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (300 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 turbo (440 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 turbo (520 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 turbo (570 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Porsche Cayenne owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

4WD/AWD components

"Covered under discussion of transfer case replacement."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)
Differential

"The transfer case had to be replaced due to hard shifts. This is supposedly a common problem for the 2016 Cayenne"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)
Transfer case

"choppy acceleration and loud clicking noises when turning at low speeds"

Anonymous, IN (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"Rough and missed shifts that got progressively worse over the course of a few months. The dealer inevitably said that they were unable to duplicate the problem even though I was at the dealer multiple times with other issues and complained about the rough shifts every time. They finally agreed that there was an issue and performed the repairs."

Anonymous, TN (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"Noisy and Jerky under accelaeration at about 30,00 miles. Dealer replaced under warranty at no cost, supplied loaner car. No problems since. I consider this part of AWD system."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"Transfer case had to be replaced due to unusual vibration in the front end when turning."

Jim E., OK (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"Car was clearly slipping on acceleration. Power transfer was very poor. The transfer case had to be replaced. The dealer commented that this has been a common problem with this car. No problems since the replacement."

Curtis R., UT (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"It started jerking. I took it in and they replaced it under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Porsche Cayenne GTS 3.6-L V6)

"Full transfer case failure at 16,000 miles. It had to be replaced and was out of service for almost 10 days"

Curtis R., UT (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"Transfer case gears were "slipping", especially when turning sharp corners or when traveling at freeway speeds. Dealer and indicated it would take about 6 weeks to get a new transfer case from Germany. Porsche overnighted it and the dealer had the car back on the road in less than 30 hours"

Edward T., WA (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"this is an obvious problem with this car..They did not have it in this country and had to get it from Germany..really when I know others now who had the same problem..they should have a stock in the usa...It took 3 weeks and only because I made them fed ex it and that took a week..really a 2016 Porsche!!!"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"Acceleration felt irregular. Problem was fixed under warranty. Original transfer case design had vent ports that allowed water in that affected the grease. Very expensive repair if out of warranty!"

Anonymous, PA (2016 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

Cruise control

"Cruise control only worked on flat land. It would not adjust for hills and other minor terrain. Lost 25 mph+ on interstate highways before I disconnected for safety reasons. Numerous repair attempts left it better but still with variations of 10+ mph. Very poor dealer interaction."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Porsche Cayenne S 3.6-L V6 turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"I continue to get warning notifications that my lights don't work"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

"Occasional fault indicated with headlight adjustment"

Michael O., RI (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"Motor that rotates headlights when vehicle turns stopped working. Problem was covered under warranty but it took three months for dealer to receive the part."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid 3.0-L V6 hybrid)
Warning lights

"Lane change warning lights do not work"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"auto headlight switching and lane departure warning not operating, warning indicated"

Anonymous, (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"needed transfer box replacement."

Robert V., NY (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"Erratic and slipping shifts."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo 4.8-L V8 turbo)
Transmission computer

"Apparently Porsche has programmed in a hesitation in the transmission that they refuse to fix. There are times when you press the accelerator and nothing happens until the transmission kicks in, then the vehicle lunges forward. Its both annoying and unsafe!"

Jim E., OK (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"The vehicle had multiple faults indicated on the dash over the course of months which got progressively worse. As usual the dealer said they could not duplicate the issue. However the car then failed completely. The dealer then replaced the main module, which did not fix all fo the issues. The then replaced both front modules as well as other modules and sensors that I don't recall the names of. The problem was resolved after months of living with it and the dealer saying there was no problem."

Anonymous, TN (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Was a gasket and fixed under warranty"

Martin E., VA (2016 Porsche Cayenne GTS 3.6-L V6 turbo)

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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Besides being cumbersome to use, the softwsare has not been updated in 7-10 years so does not include roads built in Central Florida within that time-frame. This is very poor for a company like Porsche, who tries to be futuristic and quality oriented."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6 turbo)

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

Fuel gauge/sender

"Fuel gauge suddenly said I was low on gas and idiot light illuminated. This last a week or so and then corrected itself and has not recurred. I haven't had this repaired or worked on. No problem in months now."

Anonymous, NV (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Turbo or supercharger

"Crack in the turbo tube let to engine not functioning at full power"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Porsche Cayenne GTS 3.6-L V6 turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"cap over key lock on door handle posed off"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"I had to have the transfer case replaced three times. Fortunately the car was under an extended warranty. Replacement one at 13,000, replacement two at 21,000 miles, replacement three 52,000 miles."

Anonymous, TN (2016 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

"After a heavy rain while on vacation, the drain from the roof clogged and caused the water to flow into the hatchback area of the vehicle. This prematurely ended our weekend as the back of the SUV forward to the back passenger area was soaking wet and needed immediate attention. Drive home, dried as much as we could and took to dealer next day. Drain was fixed, car was dried out with no aftereffects."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Porsche Cayenne Unsure Unsure)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"it was not overheating it would not get to operating temperature, it was a cooling control module issue"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base)

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.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"rear hatch wouldnt close right. took 2 trips to dealership to finally get it fixed"

Robert V., NY (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

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.

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

Climate System

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

Brakes

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

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