The Porsche Cayenne SE-Hybrid luxury SUV seats five and has standard all-wheel drive. A range of engines are offered, from a base V-6 to a twin-turbo V-8.
One of the most impressive advantages of the Cayenne Hybrid’s added electric motor is that when it’s used with the 3.0-liter V6 engine, it helps the midsize hybrid get to 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds. The EPA says the midsize SUV gets around 14 pure-electric miles. The S E-Hybrid is EPA-rated at 21 City / 24 Hwy. And 46 MPGe in combined driving while depleting the battery charge and using the electric motor. If you’re looking for top-notch reliability, performance, quality, and technology in a luxury SUV, plus a splash of eco thrown in, this is the car for you. Keep in mind, the cost is steep; this hybrid’s base price can start in the upper $70,000 range.
Its V6 engine and electric motor produce a combined 416 horsepower. While it’s a heavy car (5,000+ lbs), two Porsche systems keep it very agile: Torque Vectoring Plus reallocates power to different wheels; and Dynamic Chassis Control reduces body movement. The Cayenne Hybrid uses regenerative braking to slow the vehicle and recover energy. The SUV’s 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission produces shifts that are lightning fast and well-timed. The vehicle comes standard with all-wheel drive. Its infotainment platform, called Porsche Communication Management (PCM) allows you to set audio, navigation and communication functions with single taps on a 7-inch touch screen. J.D. Power and Associates assigned the 2016 Cayenne Hybrid the highest predicted reliability score available, which is reassuring to hybrid buyers concerned about dependability.
Says Car and Driver: "What’s most satisfying about the E-Hybrid is its consistency of character regardless of driving mode. The steering doesn’t have the immediacy of a sports car, but it’s nicely weighted and fully communicates what’s going on with the chassis. The tires bite into corners with eagerness, it would take a head-butt from a battleship to knock the tail out of line, and, despite whatever seductive dance was going on with the powertrain elements, there always seems to be plenty of power on hand to do something epic. The unsung hero here may be the eight-speed automatic doing the shifting; its behavior is always exemplary whether shifted manually or left to its own logic.
At this point the Cayenne is entrenched in the Porsche lineup, and the debate about its standing as a true Porsche is wholly academic. This is the machine that makes Porsche profitable. This is what a modern Porsche looks like and is. The E-Hybrid stands as a reflection of Porsche’s past stretching to Herr Doktor’s 1899 Lohner-Porsche hybrid and as a direct connection to modern Porsche hybrids like the road-bound 918 supercar and the 919 endurance racer. That something this electronically intensive, so heavy, and so not a sports car still feels like a Porsche is astonishing."
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