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2013 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

February 6, 2013

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How green is it? With the addition of the diesel model for 2013, the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is no longer the greenest kid on the block. Not that it was very green to begin with. The diesel model bests the hybrid by 5 mpg on the highway and 2 mpg in combined driving.

Pros & cons: Because the Cayenne remains largely unchanged, styling is getting a little old. Plus, the $14,000 price premium over the new diesel model seems a bit much. On the other hand, we love the excellent handling and nicely appointed interior.

What’s new: The hybrid model remains largely unchanged for 2013, but the Cayenne lineup adds 2 new models: a fuel-efficient diesel and a performance-oriented GTS.

Ride & performance: The Cayenne S Hybrid comes equipped with a supercharged 3.0-liter, V-6 engine and a 34kW electric motor that combine to deliver 380 horsepower and a very lovely 427 pounds-feet of torque. This makes the hybrid beefier than both the base Cayenne with a 3.6-liter, V-6 and the new diesel with a 3.0-liter, turbodiesel V-6. It more closely aligns with the Cayenne S equipped with a V-8. All-wheel drive is standard.

Family value: We like that cargo volume is healthy at 23.7 cubic feet with the second row up. Even better is max capacity at 62.9 cubic feet. There is no third-row seat option, which might cut down on the family functionality. We do like, however, that there is an available rear-seat entertainment system.

Fun factor: This car is a lot of fun. It accelerates well, handles curves with aplomb and generally puts a smile on our face. But, if you want tech fun, it’s all optional.

Safety: Standard features on the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid include dual front airbags, driver’s knee airbag, front side airbag, full-length side-curtain airbags, stability control and traction control. Optional safety features: rear side airbags, rearview camera, parking sensors and blind-spot warning.