Car review:  2011 Porsche Cayenne
Backseat roominess is increased, thanks in part to seats that slide forward and back 6.3 inches, allowing passengers to choose copious legroom with less cargo volume behind the back seat, or less legroom with more cargo volume than was available in the 2010 model (23.7 cubic feet, up from 19.1). The 60/40-split backrests also recline now, in three increments. It's a much more pleasant place to spend time, with or without the optional twin-screen video displays.


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn't crash-tested the Cayenne -- or any other Porsche -- apparently ever. Low-volume models typically go untested, and Porsche, as a brand, is low-volume.

The Cayenne's front occupants get frontal, knee and seat-mounted side-impact airbags. There are also side curtain airbags for the front and rear seats, antilock disc brakes and an electronic stability system with traction control. A new blind spot warning system option indicates when another vehicle is in the Cayenne's blind spot on either side.

2011 Porsche Cayenne snapshot

$46,700 -- $104,800

EPA Fuel Economy: City: 14 Highway: 20

Available Engines:

300-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (premium)

400-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 (premium)

500-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 (premium)

Available Transmissions:

6-speed manual w/OD

8-speed automatic w/OD

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

New or Notable

* Complete redesign

* Sleeker styling

* More power

* Improved mileage