The line between cars and SUVs is getting blurrier every day. It’s even more obscure when you look at the 2022 Porsche Cayenne. This Porsche model has been one of the most popular models for Porsche and the luxury SUV segment as a whole. The question is, what is the Porsche Cayenne; a sports car or an SUV?
Is the 2022 Porsche Cayenne worth it?
The crossover boom over the past decade has fundamentally changed the automotive market forever. Previously, the automotive market was divided into two major segments: sedans and coupes or trucks or SUVs. There were few to no crossovers except for the Chevy El Camino and all the other utes. But these models are almost regarded as a novelty. The crossover craze has proven to be a very profitable segment in the automotive market.
The crossover segment exploded as, for the first time, customers could enjoy the utility and space of an SUV while retaining the driving dynamics of a sedan. It was a success. Fast forward a bit, and the sporty crossovers begin their reign. The Porsche Cayenne could be the queen of this segment. Not only was it one of the first of its kind to gain popularity, but the model and the whole range only seem to be getting better. So, yeah, it might not be the most affordable crossover, but it’s worth it.
Is the 2022 Porsche Cayenne an SUV?
Technically speaking, it is – sort of. Porsche offers two different body styles for the 2022 Cayenne. Porsche calls one the “SUV” and the other the “Coupe,” even though both have four doors and a distinct crossover body size and shape. It should also be mentioned that the Cayenne is the largest vehicle made by Porsche. I think that must count for something? But, if we leave the semantics alone for a second, I think most people would consider the Cayenne an SUV or a crossover without thinking too much about it.
It’s an easy position to take. On the one hand, he looks like an SUV. It is important. But more importantly, all of its competitors are SUVs, like the BMW X5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. But these models are also questionable SUVs.
So far, the proof that the Porsche Cayenne is an SUV is that Porsche calls it one, its competitors call themselves SUVs, and it looks like an SUV.
Is the 2022 Porsche Cayenne a sports car?
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Of course, the Porsche badge almost makes us automatically think “sports car”. The road to calling the Porsche Cayenne a sports car is an easy road to travel. For one, the 2022 Porsche Cayenne is priced like a sports car.
The base model starts at $69,000 for the “SUV” version and $77,500 for the “coupe.” There are many different trim levels with increasingly interesting engine options as you move up the price list. To that end, the tip-top Cayenne Turbo GT starts at a cleanly sporty price of $180,800.
Porsche built its brand on the trigger-happy handling of the 911s, and the Cayenne carries on that tradition even as an “SUV.” Due to this high level, MarketWatch qualifies the 2022 Cayenne as the vehicle offering the best handling in its class.
According to MarketWatch, which recently tested the Cayenne, “the dream of the SUV that drives like a sports car is alive in the Porsche Cayenne.” Part of the driving experience is the impressive power of the various Porsche engines.
Since sports cars are the game du jour here, we’re going to watch the Turbo GT top dog to drive the point home. This “SUV” is equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 developing 631 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of torque. This power is transmitted to all four wheels, as is standard across the entire model range.
If it weren’t for the size and shape of the Porsche Cayenne, there’s almost nothing that says “SUV”. Understanding that size and shape matter, it always forces us to ask ourselves, “wait, so what is the Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Macan, for that matter?”
What is the Porsche Cayenne?
As we ponder the mental game of figuring out how we categorize the Porsche Cayenne, the truth remains, our opinions don’t really matter. The fact is that the SUV segment has fundamentally changed. The definition of SUV has simply changed. It’s not the raw, tumble segment it once was. If we accept this as true, then the popularity and scale of the Porsche Cayenne is part of the evolution of this segment. So, maybe the Cayenne is more of an SUV than the Ford Bronco or Jeep Wrangler at this point? Does it matter what we call if most people agree on its sound quality and design?
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