Used 2013 Porsche Cayenne S SUV Review & Ratings

Review & Ratings of the 2013 Porsche Cayenne S SUV

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Zero to 60 mph is achieved in a lightning fast 5.6 seconds in the 2013 Porsche Cayenne S. Powered by a 4.8-liter V8 with VarioCam Plus, direct fuel injection and a thoughtful two-stage intake manifold, this sport utility vehicle delivers 400 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. With this fantastic acceleration, you also get 7,716-pound towing capacity, when properly equipped. Unfortunately, fuel-economy is nothing to get excited about in this full-time four-wheel drive, returning 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

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The Cayenne S is fitted with an eight-speed Tiptronic S that also includes an automatic start/stop function. Therefore, when you are at a light or stuck at the train with your foot on the brake, the engine is cut off until you accelerate, yet all electronics continue to function.

The four-wheel independent suspension ensures that all passengers receive a smooth and comfortable ride in its vault-like cabin. Also, the S can be equipped with an innovative air suspension system that self-levels to maintain a consistent ground clearance.

Also, for 2013, the steering system has seen a complete makeover to offer a more immediate response whether you are driving down the open road or having a little fun on a long winding one.


• Audio System: A CDR audio system comes standard with the S trim, which includes a 7-inch color touchscreen display, CD player that is MP3 compatible and 10 speakers.
• Rear Seat Entertainment: LCD displays are found in the back of the front headrests to entertain rear seat passengers with movies or video games.
• HomeLink: Eliminate the need for several controllers on your visor, the HomeLink programmable door opener can be set to up to three different systems.

Other standard features include a steering wheel with audio controls, speed sensitive volume, radio data system and Bluetooth wireless technology.


Crash test results have not been determined for the Cayenne S, and they probably never will be due to its high MSRP. Porsche brakes are known throughout the world for being superior so stopping is as fast and effortless as accelerating is.

Also, the S is equipped with airbags in all the right places with impact sensors in the front of the vehicle to ensure they are deployed at the precise time they are needed. Just a few safety features include:

• Porsche stability management
• Antitheft protection
• Tire pressure monitoring
• Electronic brakeforce distribution
• Traction control
• Front seatbelt pretensioners
• Dusk sensing headlamps
• Engine immobilizer
• Child seat anchors
• Emergency braking assist
• Rear door safety locks


The 2013 Cayenne S is as fun to look at as it is to drive. It looks sporty and delivers the performance to back up its commanding appearance. The sloped roof and sleek spoiler not only looks great, they help to improve speed and fuel-economy. Features like 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and stunning headlamps add details to ensure it turns heads.


The interior of the Cayenne S is like a piece of art. Seating for five is offered on seats that are trimmed with grained leather. The front offers eight-way power for optimal comfort and control over the road while a generous 40/20/40 rear seat grants comfortable seating for three passengers. It offers an adjustable back rest and a folding armrest.

As you would expect, high-quality materials are used throughout. If there is one complaint, it is that there are a lot of controls in the dash that could prove to be overwhelming while on the road.


Accessing all cargo space in the Cayenne S is a breeze. Simply unlock the rear seat and fold down. There is nothing difficult to fuss with. When the rear seat is in place, you get 23.7 cubic feet, but 62.9 cubic feet are opened up when you fold it down.

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