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2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is lovely and sedate

Unlike peppier plug-in hybrids, the "base" Cayenne PHEV is all about relaxing.

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Porsche's initial slate of plug-in hybrids gave its performance-oriented trims a serious power boost, but not everybody's interested in feeling green to the tune of 670 horsepower. 

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Now, the automaker is bringing its PHEV parts to lower trims, and the combination of a smooth electric motor and a potent-but-not-too-potent gas engine results in a model that's more luxury car than peak performer.

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Comparison shopping with the BMW X5 xDrive45e can be a little rough, considering it has more cargo space, a larger battery and better range with a starting price of $66,395. 

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The X5 xDrive45e is less powerful, and the Bimmer's 7,200-pound tow rating is a smidge behind the Porsche's at 7,700 pounds. 

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Mercedes-Benz builds a GLE-Class PHEV with a honkin' 31.2-kWh battery, too.

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But as of this writing, you still can't buy it in the US, despite it being built here. Hmm.

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The 2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid rides a pretty fine line between being a luxury-forward family vehicle and a proper Porsche performer, with a bit of a bend toward the former.

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It's cushy and easy to drive, with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that offers plenty of flexibility in how electricity is both accumulated and distributed.

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For those looking to ease into electrification, this is a good place to start.

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