Review: 2013 Porsche Cayenne GTS
by Dave Stall
I was not a fan of the Cayenne when it first came out. I felt Porsche was all about driving and fun, not grocery getting. Well, I stand corrected. The Porsche Cayenne is a perfect compliment to a great car manufacturer. Love the 911? Well, the Cayenne is a 911 with storage! If you don't look over your shoulder you have no idea you're in a SUV.
My tester came from San Diego Porsche up on Miramar Road. When I picked it up the first thing I noticed was the stance of the vehicle, low and a little mean looking, red calipers, red seat belts, red stitching and silver paint. Bad to the bone!
Start it up with the traditional key located on the left side of the steering column (Email me if you're curious why Porsche puts the key on the left side of the steering wheel and I will kick you a set of movie tickets!), the leather is rich and smells like high-end leather. The engine under the hood is the 4.8-liter V8 pushing out 420 horsepower and 369 foot pounds of torque, 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission with paddle shifters and if you keep your foot out of it you may achieve 15 city and 21 freeway fuel mileage pumping premium fuel!
This is a race car with storage, and great storage I might add. Whether it's bodies or boxes, the Cayenne gets the job done. It includes features like navigation, Bluetooth, Bose Sound System, power tailgate, tie downs and the ability to go off road if needed.
Safety? Sure if you go fast you have to be safe, and Porsche has you covered! 2-stage driver and passenger airbags, front/rear side airbags, driver knee airbag, curtain airbags from A to the C pillar, integrated side impact protection in doors, plus a tire monitoring system.
How much is this grocery getter? Well, it bases out (for the GTS) at $82,050 and mine came out at $105,000 plus tax and license. Would I buy it? Yes! It is the most fun I have had in a SUV …ever!