2014 Porsche Cayenne Base 4WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 Overview
2014 Porsche Cayenne Overview
While the 2014 Porsche Cayenne base model is relatively cheap, the options and other trim levels can easily cause the price to skyrocket. The classic Porsche reputation for attention to detail is carried over into this SUV body, resulting in a final product that is actually very commendable. Still, this is not an ideal family car unless money isn’t an issue. All the luxury and performance expected from Porsche is aptly put into a slightly larger package, and it works.
New for 2014
For 2014, the Porsche Cayenne receives a new trim level with the Turbo S, but the Turbo and other Cayenne models go mostly unchanged.
As a midsize luxury SUV produced by the famous Porsche company, the Cayenne may seem a bit rotund compared to most of their vehicles, but it does a good job living up to its name. Available in seven trim sizes, including the base, S, GTS, Turbo, Turbo S, Diesel, and S Hybrid. For the base, S, Diesel, and S Hybrid, the Cayenne comes standard with 18-inch wheels, LED running lights, a power lift gate with a window that opens, and heated mirrors. Also standard on the exterior are automatic headlights, fog lamps, and automatic windshield wipers. The Cayenne GTS adds 20-inch wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, an exterior body kit, and an updated front fascia. The Turbo receives 19-inch wheels and adaptive bi-xenon headlights to go with the quicker engine. The Turbo S receives the same upgrades.
As with most Porsches, the Cayenne comes with an extremely long list of options and option packages. For most of the lower trim levels, the additions on higher trims are available as standalone options. There are a number of different wheel configurations, running boards, roof rails, and noise insulated privacy glass. Also available is a panoramic or standard sunroof, heated windshield, and sports exhaust tailpipe. The side view mirrors and front air intake can have optional paint variations, and the roof spoiler separation edge can be painted in factory. The front and rear lights can be painted black as well, and there’s really just too many options to list.
Overall, the exterior of the Porsche Cayenne may not be as impressive as some of their smaller vehicles, but the Cayenne stands out in the midsize SUV marketplace. The huge amount of options make it easy to customize, but the price tag can quickly begin to inflate well into six digits if the consumer gets too carried away with all the options available.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2014 Porsche Cayenne might look a bit intimidating at first glance, but it resembles the interior of other Porsche sports cars. This cockpit design includes high quality materials, leather upholstery, and a center console with over 50 buttons. The high amount of buttons might sound cool, but there is a huge learning curve, and it’s easy to get confused. Cargo area is a bit small at 62.9 cubic feet. Standard fare is an eight-way powered driver and passenger seat in the front and a split folding rear bench that allows for access to additional cargo space.
With the base, S, Diesel, and S Hybrid, the interior comes standard with cruise control, dual zone climate control, Bluetooth, and driver memory settings. The standard audio system features 10 speakers, a touchscreen interface, and auxiliary jacks for media device integration. Moving up to the GTS, the Cayenne receives GTS-specific front and rear sports seats, a sporty steering wheel, and upholstery that features gorgeous faux-suede throughout the interior. With the Turbo and Turbo S, the Cayenne receives 14-way, powered driver and passenger seats, heated front and rear seating, and a navigation system. Also standard for the Turbo and Turbo S is a 14-speaker Bose audio system that includes satellite radio.
In terms of options, most of the higher end extras that are standard on higher trims are available as standalone options on the lower trims as well. Other interior options include a long list of packages, such as the Smoker’s Package. Also available is powered sunblinds for the windows, wireless internet access, a number of painting options within the cabin, and even alternative seat belt colors. Most of the accessories, such as the rearview mirror and sun visor, can be upgraded to be leather-wrapped. The list is really too extensive to continue, but like the exterior, the interior of the 2014 Porsche Cayenne offers a ton of customization at a high price.
Standard safety equipment includes driver knee airbag, front side airbags, and full-length curtain airbags. Stability and traction control are also standard, and anti-lock brakes with braking assist technology are equipped on all models as well. The safety options include rear side airbags, blind-spot monitoring system, and a rearview camera. The 2014 Porsche Cayenne has not been extensively crash tested, and there are no safety ratings to report.
The 2014 Porsche Cayenne comes with a number of engines. For the base model, the Cayenne comes equipped with a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that produces 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with a six-speed, manual transmission, where all other models feature an eight-speed, shiftable automatic transmission. All models come with all-wheel drive, although off-road use seems a bit unlikely. The S, GTS, Turbo, and Turbo S all comes with a 4.8-liter, V-8 engine. For the S trim, the engine is configured to make 400 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The GTS produces 420 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Where the Turbo steps this up to 500 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, the Turbo S produces an impressive 550 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. The Porsche Cayenne Diesel produces only 240 horsepower, but the torque is 406 lb-ft. The Hybrid is rather impressive for a hybrid at 380 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque.
With the wide array of engine choices and customization available, it is difficult not to find a setup that works well. While the Base and Diesel models aren’t too impressive in terms of acceleration or speed, they certainly don’t qualify as slow. With the Turbo and Turbo S available, anyone looking for an intensely fast ride is going to find it. The handling is extremely smooth for an SUV, and the suspension options will allow for extremely smooth sailing. The ride itself is relatively quiet when the engine isn’t being pushed. If price isn’t an issue, the Turbo S is worth a drive.
Key Competitors of the 2014 Porsche Cayenne
- BMW X6
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Land Rover Range Rover Sport
- Mercedes-Benz ML63
The 2014 Porsche Cayenne has 9 models that range from $49,600 - $52,600. The 2014 Cayenne is a suv with four wheel drive that gets between 15 mpg (city) - 22 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 3.6L V6 engine. The 2014 Porsche Cayenne has a seating capacity of 5/5, wheelbase is 114.0 inches, cargo capacity of 23.70/62.90 cu.ft., and ground clearance of 8.70 inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2014 Base 4WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.