Porsche Cayenne

Austin American-Statesman - - CARS - By Olivia Olsen

Start­ing at $59,600, the Porsche Cayenne is the lux­ury cross­over within reach.

From its smooth and quiet yet pow­er­ful en­gine to its sleek de­sign and su­pe­rior tech­nol­ogy, the Cayenne is a ve­hi­cle you’ll find ex­cuses to drive.

The Cayenne is pow­ered by a 3.6-liter, 300 horse­power en­gine, pro­vid­ing driv­ers with an ease of ac­cel­er­a­tion so ex­hil­a­rat­ing it will make it dif­fi­cult to let your foot off the gas. The Cayenne pro­pels it­self from zero to 60 in 7.3 sec­onds, con­quer­ing even the short­est of on-ramps or merg­ing lanes with ease. With an eight-speed Trip­tonic S trans­mis­sion, the temp­ta­tion to reach its top track speed of 161 miles per hour will be hard to re­sist.

The sharp and so­phis­ti­cated ex­te­rior is a won­der to be­hold. A com­pletely re­designed hood, front pan­els and bi-xenon head­lights mold to­gether to form a sleek and dy­namic body that begs to be touched.

Ac­tive all-wheel drive through Porsche Trac­tion Man­age­ment will in­spire you to ex­plore the world around you, take the roads less trav­eled and get away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city. When you find your­self trav­el­ing down that long for­got­ten road, the Porsche Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Man­age­ment (PCM) sys­tem will help guide you home. Com­mand the PCM con­ver­sa­tion­ally to do a num­ber of im­pres­sive tasks. The high res­o­lu­tion touch screen hosts an in­te­grated prox­im­ity sen­sor for su­pe­rior op­er­at­ing per­for­mance.

Con­nect­ing au­dio de­vices through the in­ter­nal Juke­box au­dio sys­tem is a breeze. iPhones can con­nect through the built in USB and aux in­puts while SD card read­ers will play the mu­sic that no longer fits on your lim­ited-stor­age phone.

Safety and tech­nol­ogy blend to­gether in the PCM. Real time traf­fic up­dates and route pro­cess­ing help en­sure you’re driv­ing in the best con­di­tions avail­able. while the hands free Blue­tooth setup en­cour­ages you to keep the phone out of sight. In ad­di­tion, Google Street View will show you ex­actly what you should be look­ing for when driv­ing through un­charted ter­ri­tory. Smart cruise con­trol and Porsche Ac­tive Safe will help elim­i­nate the wor­ries and stresses of safe driv­ing.

Re­motely con­trol your ve­hi­cle from your wrist with the Porsche Car Con­nect avail­able on iPhone and Ap­ple Watch.

The Porsche Con­nect app links your smart­phone to the ve­hi­cle, seam­lessly merg­ing your mo­bile life. Cal­en­dars and stored ad­dresses can be ex­changed through the app pre­vent­ing the need to look through your text mes­sages for restau­rant and meet­ing lo­ca­tions. The app even al­lows users to send des­ti­na­tions from their smart­phone to their ve­hi­cle to pull up when they start the car.

Com­fort is a key as­pect of the Cayenne. Mem­ory foam, adap­tive sports seats with heat­ing com­po­nents in both front and rear seats have caused dreaded, un­com­fort­able car rides to be a dis­tant mem­ory.

The Cayenne’s as­sist sys­tems are ex­tra­or­di­nary and nu­mer­ous. The sur­round view cam­eras, vis­i­ble from the con­sole touch­screen, give the ve­hi­cle the abil­ity to sense any and all ob­jects within col­li­sion prox­im­ity. Lane de­par­ture warn­ings and lane change as­sist will pre­vent bum­bles caused by blindspots and mo­men­tary dis­trac­tions. Sim­i­larly, park as­sist will give you the per­fect par­al­lel park to im­press just about any on­looker.

For all of its fea­tures, the 2017 Porsche Cayenne is a pur­chase well worth the dol­lar sign.

Above: 2017 Porsche Cayenne. Be­low: The in­te­rior of the 2017 Porsche Cayenne.

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