2011 Porsche Cayenne

MSRP $47,700 - $64,400

Ranked #9 in Suv

7.6

Overall Rating

2011 Porsche Cayenne Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 4, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Porsche Cayenne is a luxury SUV from the German iconic sports car brand. It definitely drives like a Porsche and it is tuned in a way it can be an ideal daily driver and an opulent family car as well. The Porsche has totally redesigned the Cayenne for 2011 and makes it a spectacular-looking car to behold. The looks of its predecessor weren’t celebrated by Porsche Purists, whereas, the new Cayenne, with its poised look and insane engine performance, lures the buyers.

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Pros

Impeccable handling

Energetic V8 engine

Magnificent and fine interior

Top-notch ride quality

Plethora of options

Cons

Options get expensive in higher trims

Dismal cargo space

What's New?

Completely new for 2011

Addition of a hybrid version


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$47700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

172 mph

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

295 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

double wishbone front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

114 in.

length

190.8 in.

width

76.3 in.

height

67.4 in.

curb weight

4398 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

62.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

5952 lbs.

payload capacity

1698 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/22 mpg

highway range

492.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$47,700 onwards

Tiptronic$50,700 onwards

S$64,400 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Porsche Cayenne in Auburn Nappa, premium leather color
Auburn Nappa, premium leather

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

9.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


Speaking of drivability and handling, it is the only Porsche you can take anywhere and on any terrain but never also loses its Porsche traits and persona and handles way better for a heavy SUV. The interior is a work of art and everything inside the interior feels premium and magnificent. Right from the looks, to the performance, to the ride quality, everything is at its finest. Porsche has absolutely nailed it with the new Porsche Cayenne. Moreover, it goes up against cars like the BMW X5, Infiniti FX35, and Audi Q7.


7.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2011 Porsche Cayenne Features

7.0/10

The ultimate SUV is offered in three exciting trim levels ranging from $47,700 which seems quite a bargain for a Porsche to a whopping $106,000. As standard, it includes features like a Leather 3-spoke tilt/telescopic steering wheel, Cruise control, Leather-trimmed seats, Lighting -inc continuously variable white uniform interior lighting concept, and Leather-trimmed seats. Some other modern features are listed in the table.

Trim

Base

S

Turbo

MSRP (Manual)

$47,700

N/A

N/A

MSRP (Automatic)

$50,700

$64,400

$106,000

Key Features

18” aluminum cast wheels

Everything on the Base +

Everything on the S +

 

Self-leveling headlamps

Speed-sensitive steering

19-inch alloy wheels

 

Front and rear fog lamps

Sunroof 

Air suspension

 

LED DRLs

Driver seat memory

Adaptive bi-Xenon headlamps

 

Power tailgate

LED DRLs

Rear sport seats

 

Automatic wipers

Leather upholstery

Heated power steering wheel

 

Dual-zone climate control

10-speaker sound system

Aluminum interior trim

 

8-way power front seats

Bluetooth

Navigation system

 

Sliding and reclining rear seats

8-way power front seats

14-speaker Bose surround sound system

We Recommend:

Since the base trim of the Porsche comes packed with more sportiness and opulent features with more than most of the primary convenience features, it should just be enough for most buyers and their needs. But if you want to get the most value out of your hard-earned money, the S trim might just be the right pick for you. It gets you covered with some of the important features like an angry V8 engine, a sunroof, and a heated steering wheel. On top of that, you can also upgrade some options as you like.

2011 Porsche Cayenne Engine and Performance

8.0/10

Under the hood of the Porsche Cayenne are three engine options starting from a V6 in the base trim to a super responsive V8 engine with two power levels. The base model has a 3.6 liter V6 paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with seamless shifts and ratios. This duo comes with a standard all-wheel-drive regardless of the trim levels. Next in line is a 4.8 liter V8 cylinder engine that cranks out 400 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque and as you move up the trim levels to the turbo trim, it adds up a turbocharger to its heart which pumps up a mind-boggling 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of robust torque. 

The V8 is a pretty solid powertrain that does the talking in the Cayenne. The base Cayenne is capable of a 0 to 60 mph time as low as 6.5 seconds, completing the quarter-mile in 13.6 seconds. These are pretty amazing times for an SUV of its size and mass. When equipped with the most powerful V8 in its trim lineup, it is where the Cayenne comes alive.

Model

Porsche Cayenne

BMW X5

Infiniti FX35

Audi Q7

MSRP

$50,700

$46,300

$44,050

46,250

Engine

3.6L V-6

3.0L inline-6 Turbocharged

3.5L V-6

3.0L V6

Drivetrain

4WD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

7-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

300 hp @ 6300 rpm

300 hp @ 5800 rpm

303 hp @ 6800 rpm

272 hp @ 4750 rpm

Torque

295 ft-lbs. @ 3000 rpm

300 ft-lbs. @ 1200 rpm

262 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm

295 ft-lbs @ 2250 rpm

0-60 mph (seconds)

6.2

6.8

6.4

7.9

Quarter-mile (seconds)

14.9

15.3

14.7

N/A

Top Speed (mph)

150

146

143

138

In terms of performance, the Porsche Cayenne is clearly the quicker one here, but the Infiniti FX35 quickly catches up on the quarter-mile timings. The Audi Q7 on the other hand having the least powerful engine in the competition is certainly the slowest car here. All cars in the competition have naturally aspirated engines with the only exception being the BMW X5 that uses a 3 liter inline- 6 turbocharged engine.

2011 Porsche Cayenne Fuel Economy

8.0/10

With all this power, and the hefty weight you would imagine below average fuel-economy figures from the Porsche, and you would be surprised with the figures it delivers. With the AWD drivetrain, the Porsche Cayenne returns 15, 22, and 18 mpg in the city, highway, and combined driving cycles respectively. There is no RWD in the Porsche to offer even better fuel economy. Although these mileage figures might seem pretty stellar, which it is, for its segment and the competition, these numbers are middling in its segment.

Models

Porsche Cayenne

BMW X5

Infiniti FX35

Audi Q7

MPG (City) (mpg)

15

16

16

16

MPG (Highway) (mpg)

22

23

21

22

MPG (Combined) (mpg)

18

19

18

18

Fuel Capacity (gallon)

22.4

22.5

23.8

26.4

Range (City/Hwy)

336/492.

360/518

381/500

422.4/580.5

Except for the Porsche, the rest are in a very similar ballpark in terms of their fuel economy figures; BMW X5 takes the victory with a combined 19 mpg With a colossal power and torque figures of the lot yet delivers top-notch mileage figures, the Audi Q7, on the other hand, dominates all the other competitors in terms of range, 422.4 miles in the city and 580.5 on the highways.

2011 Porsche Cayenne Interior

7.0/10

The interior is one of the most attractive things about the German machine. It is the perfect balance of luxury and classic bits. You can also opt for an analog clock in the middle which looks truly spectacular and adorn the dashboard of the Porsche. The buttons used in the cabin are user-friendly. It gets leather bolstered seats right from the base trim, the front driver seat is 8-way power-adjustable, hence you can adjust your seats with the maximum comfort possible. You can also have a lot of interior color options which look stunning and enhance the character of the SUV. It offers a luxurious interior for five passengers. However, the interior space is not officially disclosed. Speaking of cargo volume. Porsche offers one of the largest cargo spaces in its competition measuring 23.7 cubic feet.

Models

Porsche Cayenne

BMW X5

Infiniti FX35

Audi Q7

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

39.6/60.0/40.0

39.3/57.3/44.7

40.0/58.7/41.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

39.3/58.0/36.6

38.5/57.4/34.6

37.2/58.1/37.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

23.7

23.2

24.8

10.9

While the BMW X5 and the Infiniti FX35 are in a very similar ballpark with regards to their interior dimensions, the cramped second-row seat legroom of the Escalade might be a deal-breaker for many people. On the contrary, the Audi boasts the most spacious interior but falls short in terms of cargo volume which happens to be the smallest measuring only 10.9 cubic feet. Audi Q7 comes with a standard 7-person seating capacity while the Escalade can seat only 5 people. Some of the standout interior features are as follows

  • Front seats with adjustable lumbar and side support (S trim)
  • Sports rear seats (S trim)
  • 8-way power front seats
  • Sliding and reclining rear seats
  • 40/20/40 split rear seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel

How intuitive is the infotainment system in the 2011 Porsche Cayenne?

Just like its other qualities, the infotainment of Porsche Cayenne is spot on and better than its German rivalries. The Centrally fixed touchscreen is smooth and responsive with a TFT screen. The user interface offers an easy learning interface and swiping through options will never complicate things. Other features such as Navigation, Voice-Activated controls (optional), Rear seat DVD entertainment system (optional). Other salient infotainment features include

  • 10-speaker audio system
  • CD Player
  • 14-speaker Bose system (Turbo trim)
  • 16-speaker surround sound Burmester audio (optional)
  • AUX jack
  • AM/FM HD Radio

2011 Porsche Cayenne Exterior

6.0/10

The Porsche gets a complete change over for 2011. It looks like how it was supposed to look when it was first launched. The previous generation Cayenne is a bland-looking car and doesn’t have an appealing exterior. Nevertheless, the new design definitely turns heads with its strong presence on roads and it is a game-changer to Porsche’s SUV segment. The Cayenne proves it is a true Porsche with its lightweight nature. 

The Cayenne is among the lightest cars in its class. The headlights and the front end have been redesigned and look aggressive and angry while retaining the Porsche traditional design cues. The shapes and the crease lines make it look like a sports car in disguise. As for the taillights, it looks very Porsche like and bold. In a nutshell, it is an elegant-looking machine to behold. Moreover, it is one of the compact SUVs in its competition.

Models

Porsche Cayenne

BMW X5

Infiniti FX35

Audi Q7

Curb Weight (lbs)

4398

4960 

4279 

5192

Length (in.)

190.8 

191.1 

191.3 

200.3

Width (in.)

76.3 

76.1 

75.9 

78.1

Height (in.)

67.4 

69.9 

65.0 

68.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.7

8.3 

7.4 

8.1

Wheelbase (in.)

114.0 

115.5 

113.6 

118.2

In terms of exterior dimensions, the Porsche Cayenne is kind of a middle ground in its class. Although being decently long and having a decent wheelbase, it is smaller than some of its other German contemporaries. In terms of weight, the Audi Q7 is on the heavier end of the spectrum. The Infiniti, on the other hand, is the lightest car in the competition owing to its lightweight chassis and components. Some other notable exterior features of the Porsche include:

  • 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels
  • Self-leveling headlamps
  • Fog lamps
  • LED DRLs
  • Power tailgate
  • Automatic wipers
  • Adaptive Bi-Xenon headlamps (Turbo trim)

2011 Porsche Cayenne Safety

6.0/10

When it comes to the safety of the vehicle and its occupants, once again Porsche does a great job on the safety front. However, it has not been rated by both NHTSA and IIHS due to the low production numbers and the expense of the car. Speaking of safety features, well, Porsche has a bucket full of them. Porsche offers some standalone features like Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control and Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes (Optional). Some other important safety features are as follows.

  • Porsche Traction Management
  • Lane Change Assistance
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Dynamic Lighting
  • Lane Change Assistant
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

2011 Porsche Cayenne Final Verdict

Porsche was always about performance and sheer driving fun and the new Porsche Cayenne is nothing short of a beast. The V8 engine on the top trim is absolutely phenomenal and the Turbo Version is bonkers fast. On the other hand, by opting for the base version, you can have a completely different quiet and economical family car. Altogether, this Porsche Cayenne really lives up to its name and is definitely the best SUV in the market right now and you can have one for a very affordable price. It is such a desirable car to Porsche's lineup.

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