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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

Porsche Cayenne hybrid 2012

For drivers that want the convenience of an SUV with its cargo space and hauling capabilities, yet still want a car that is fun and responsive to drive, the 2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid needs to be added to your must-see list. From the spacious, tastefully designed cabin to the 59.7 cubic feet of cargo space, this might just change your mind about both hybrids and SUVs.

Key Features

The sporty design coupled with a supercharged V6 and two additional electric motors delivers an SUV that handles like a champ. Porsche also included a hydraulic clutch that that senses when you’ve let off the gas. When this happens, the electric motor takes over to save gas and produce a quieter ride at cruising speeds and when stopped. This Hybrid also features Porsche’s Torque Vectoring Plus system, which shifts more power to the rear wheel on the outside to improve cornering.

Changes for 2012

Changes in the 2012 model includes wheel arch extensions, upgraded seatback and cargo area carpeting and blind spot monitoring. While these may seem like a small amount of changes, be aware that they increase the base price by a bit over $1,000.

What We Like

The comfortable ride and enhanced performance – this Hybrid only takes 6.1 seconds to go 0-60 mph and has a top speed of 150 mph – both of which are impressive for an SUV. There are also plenty of upgrades available, including a 16-speaker Burmester audio system, climate controlled seats and lane change assist to make the drive even more enjoyable.

What Concerns Us

Most drivers will have to adjust to the engine starting and stopping as it will cause the RPMs to jump around frequently. Additionally, there’s only room for five, making this a somewhat small SUV in both passengers and cargo space.

Available Models

The 2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is available in only one model. Under the hood is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 along with two electric motors. This combination provides a net horsepower of 380 and a net torque of 427 ft-lb, and delivers city/highway fuel economy of 20/24 mpg.

Major Recalls

There have been two major recalls on the 2012 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid. One is due to the potential for the fuel injection system to leak, which could cause a fire. The second is for the headlamp module, which has the potential to loosen and detach itself from the fender.

Common Issues

There have not been any commonly reported issues with this vehicle.

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