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2019 Porsche Cayenne: Badass in base form

Porsche's third-generation Cayenne lands with improved dynamics, a new base engine and fresh tech.

Jon Wong
Jon Wong was a reviews editor for CNET Cars. He test drove and wrote about new cars and oversaw coverage of automotive accessories and garage gear. In his spare time, he enjoys track days, caring for his fleet of old Japanese cars and searching for the next one to add to his garage.
Jon Wong
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For 2019, the Porsche Cayenne moves onto a new platform that's slightly longer and wider than its predecessor.

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Even though the new Cayenne is slightly bigger, Porsche manages to cut 120 pounds from the SUV thanks to the greater use of aluminum throughout the body.

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In addition to shaving weight, the aluminum beefs up the Cayenne's underpinnings.

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A new 3.0-liter turbocharged engine powers the base Cayenne making 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

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The engine bolts to an updated eight-speed automatic transmission that provides quicker shift times.

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The drivetrain helps the Cayenne hit 60 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds according to Porsche.

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When using launch control, Porsche says the Cayenne can cover the quarter-mile in 14.2 seconds.

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The engine and transmission combo return an EPA estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

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Inside, infotainment is handled by the Porsche Communication Management system with a 12.3-inch touchscreen. It come standard with navigation, Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay.

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The 2019 Porsche Cayenne begins at $65,700. Destination charges are an additional $1,250.

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