Consumer Reports Says the 2021 Porsche Cayenne Is the Most Satisfying Porsche Model

by Gabrielle DeSantis

Price, reliability, and performance are vital factors to consider when shopping for a new vehicle. But don’t overlook the importance of owner satisfaction. Although not all vehicles with good owner satisfaction ratings come highly recommended, this can still be a key factor in helping you narrow your search to the vehicles that’ll most likely make you happy. And the 2021 Porsche Cayenne is more satisfying than any other Porsche SUV, recent data from Consumer Reports shows.

How does Consumer Reports rank these vehicles?

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne is clearly doing something right, but how does Consumer Reports determine which vehicles are most satisfying? Owner satisfaction rankings are part of the Annual Auto Surveys, which CR sends out to its members every year.

To determine the most satisfying vehicles, Consumer Reports asks, “Would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?” Reviewers then compile this information and calculate the percentage of owners who say they’d definitely repurchase their vehicle. The models with the highest percentages earn the highest owner satisfaction rankings.

Consumer Reports notes that just because a vehicle ranks well in owner satisfaction doesn’t mean its reviewers recommend it. Some cars receive low predicted reliability ratings or low scores during their test drives but still rank well in terms of owner satisfaction. 

Why owners love the 2021 Porsche Cayenne

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With an overall Consumer Reports score of 81/100, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne is the German brand’s only model to appear on CR’s list of most satisfying new midsize SUVs. It also earned the CR Recommended badge in addition to high owner satisfaction ratings. So it’s a safe bet if you’re in the market for a luxury SUV.

The Cayenne handling is an area where it particularly excels compared to other models in its segment. Owners also love the interior, with Consumer Reports calling it “impeccable.” It boasts supportive seats, making it comfortable even on longer drives. Additionally, this midsize SUV comes standard with driver assists such as forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

What reviewers have to say about this luxury SUV

The Porsche Cayenne starts at $67,500 but can soar into six digits in upper trim levels. It ranks third of 22 in Consumer Reports‘ list of luxury midsize SUVs and earned an 87/100 on its road test.

The Cayenne packs a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that makes 335 hp. It gets 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for a combined fuel economy of 20 mpg. Standard features include cruise control, keyless drive, and front and rear parking assist with a rear camera. 

Consumer Reports praises the Cayenne’s handling and rapid acceleration, reaching 60 mph in an impressive 6.5 seconds. However, test drivers found this SUV struggled slightly at lower speeds. They also noted that the Cayenne’s suspension provides a level of firmness that might not be ideal for drivers who want a plush ride.

Inside the cabin, though, the Cayenne really shines. This five-seater is spacious and comfortable enough for adults even in the back row, and visibility is excellent from the driver’s seat. Reviewers also praise the high-quality materials throughout the cabin, all of which contribute to a luxurious atmosphere.

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne may not be perfect, but its drawbacks don’t seem to bother owners much. With a stellar owner satisfaction rating and excellent road-test scores, the Cayenne should be high on your list if you’re looking for a two-row midsize luxury SUV.

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