As the “Porsche” badge would require, the 2014 Cayenne is arguably the sportiest SUV on the market, striking a truly unique compromise between performance and utility. Quick acceleration, lively handling and lots of pure driving pleasure characterize this family hauler. Unlike many performance-oriented luxury SUVs, the Porsche Cayenne is also a highly proficient off-roader, and it can tow as much as 7,716 pounds. Meanwhile, it comfortably accommodates up to five passengers and lots of gear. The BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class provide competition, but don’t match the wide-ranging talents of the Porsche Cayenne. Despite a conservative shape, the 2014 Cayenne is all Porsche. It might be the ideal choice for any sports car enthusiast who needs the additional versatility and cargo space of an SUV.
Compared to its predecessor, and to most any other performance-oriented SUV on the market, the current, 2nd-generation Cayenne is remarkably Porsche-like in the way it translates driver input into action. Its ability to leap from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 175 mph puts the Cayenne Turbo S at the top of the performance-SUV heap. But even in base form, the Cayenne outfitted with a manual transmission is hardly a performance slouch.
Porsche’s available PTV Plus torque-vectoring system sends a little extra thrust to the appropriate outside rear wheel when cornering, helping the Cayenne track truer to steering input. Combined with active suspension management and dynamic chassis control, PTV Plus helps the Cayenne respond like a lightweight sports car instead of an SUV.
This particular “Platinum Edition” car is a one-owner car from new and only has 45K well-maintained miles on the odometer. It comes with an extended warranty and 4 studded snow tires. It has been maintained as Porsche recommends its entire life and is in excellent visual and driving condition. Equipped with the 3.6 liter V6 and many options, it has perfect white paint and black leather interior. The car is available to be inspected in Seattle by appointment.