The Good With a new cabin electronics suite, the 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS integrates traffic data with its hard-drive-based navigation system and offers a good iPod interface. Although an SUV, it handles like a sports car.
The Bad Mileage is dismal, and the shifter is too truck-like for the Cayenne GTS' handling. The placement of the car's LCD is too low, leading to eyes-off-the-road distraction.
The Bottom Line Unlike most SUVs, the 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS delivers excellent handling and speed, but at a high cost. New cabin tech options make it more livable for everyday driving.
2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS
Where other SUVs plod along like elephants, the Porsche Cayenne zips around like a cat. And we're not talking about some fat housecat that falls off the arm of the couch, then looks around like that was exactly what it meant to do. No, the Cayenne has the moves of a feral beast racing through the underbrush.
Put the Cayenne into sharp corners and it darts around like a sports car. There is only one other SUV that comes up to the Cayenne's level of handling, and that's the BMW X5 M, but more on that comparison later.