The Porsche Cayenne is Motor Trend’s 2011 Sport/Utility of the Year image

Porsche raised the performance, efficiency and luxury bar with the all-new 2011 Cayenne SUV, and it out-performed all contenders in this year’s judging.

At the start there were 15 of the world’s newest and best sport/utility vehicles poised to battle for the 2011 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year® title and the famed Motor Trend calipers. When the dust settled, there was one – the 2011 Porsche Cayenne.

“Our Sport/Utility of the Year evaluation is not a comparison test,” said Angus MacKenzie, Motor Trend editor-in-chief. “Each contender is evaluated against six criteria – Advancement in Design, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, Value, and Performance of Intended Function. With strong showings in the engineering and efficiency areas, an attractive exterior, a thoughtful interior design, a full roster of active and passive safety gear and a high value rating on its opening price, the Cayenne was quite obviously the winner. The fact that the Cayenne’s driving experience eclipsed that of every other contender was just a bonus.”

In the final judging the editors praised the Cayenne lineup for offering: four engine choices with Direct Fuel Injection as standard; an eight-speed automatic; an average weight reduction of 400 lbs; a sleeker, Panamera-inspired interior; an Auto Start/Stop function as standard equipment; safety by way of on-road handling and grip that is better than any SUV; outstanding brakes; user-friendly and intuitive controls; strong resale value; and prices starting at just under $48,000, which is right in the heart of the large SUV market.

The Cayenne, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo SUV models are on sale now, and the Cayenne S Hybrid will be in dealer showrooms in November. The MSRPs (excluding destination charges) are as follows: Cayenne, $46,700; Cayenne S, $63,700; Cayenne S Hybrid, $67,700; and Cayenne Turbo, $104,800.

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