Not so many years ago, it was unheard of to speak of a hybrid vehicle accelerating zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Today, this is a reality as this is what the 2013 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid SUV has to offer.
This hybrid is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged engine, paired up with an eight-speed shiftable automatic transmission. It is motivated by 380 horsepower and in impressive 428 pound-feet of torque. Even the towing capacity is phenomenal, as it is capable of handling up to 7,716 pounds. Interestingly though, despite the fact that this is a hybrid, fuel-economy fails to impress, returning only 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
As you would expect from Porsche, the ride is fantastic. A four-wheel independent air suspension maintains vehicle height to ensure a smooth ride while the newly revised steering system provides you with improved driving dynamic and more immediate response over its predecessor.
If you are looking for crash test results on the 2013 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid, you will have a hard time finding them. It is not very often that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety will choose to crash a vehicle of this price. Braking capabilities are expected to be superb as Porsche brakes are known throughout the world as a benchmark in durability and performance. A few safety features to appreciate include:
There are countless details that make the 2013 Cayenne S Hybrid picture perfect from every angle. Nine sensational colors showcase the contemporary lines of the vehicle and 11 different wheel choices add a focal point. Body colored bumpers, mirrors and door handles create a harmonious look.
The styling of the cabin is sophisticated, but not stuffy. You know you are in a luxury vehicle, but you are not afraid to put your coffee in the cup holder. Seating for five is offered as seats trimmed with grain leather, and the Porsche crest on the steering wheel reminds you why you paid this much for a vehicle.
Front seats offer 12-way power and four-way lumbar adjustment while the rear seat reclines and slides for optimal comfort. On the downside, there are a lot of controls, gauges and things to look at on the dash that could become overwhelming and even a little distracting.
Some vehicles make you work for your cargo space; the Cayenne S Hybrid does not. Behind the rear seat is 20.5 cubic feet. If you need more space, simply unlock the seat and fold it down for 59.7 cubic feet.