2019 Porsche Cayenne essentials: Performance appliance

Our Opinion: In its third generation, Porsche now makes rear-axle steering and adjustable antiroll bars available on the Cayenne. That’s in addition to the Sport Chrono Package, which is the driving mode selector that has “performance start” among other things in its control. More and more, performance systems continue to creep into more utilitarian vehicles, which, frankly, is messing with my head.
Maybe I’m among the old and shrinking demographic that prefers to compartmentalize driving attributes as opposed to stuffing everything in one package. I want a sports car to handle well, a truck to take off road, and a crossover or SUV to comfortably get a group of people from point A to point B. The last one was my focus here and, despite my initial concerns, the Cayenne performs well.
Combining the turbocharged 3.0-liter with the smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive made all daily driving tasks effortless. The fact that the base Cayenne has both more power and less weight helps that along nicely. The cockpit stayed quiet and comfortable while cruising down the interstate. And the Cayenne’s ride nicely balances between firm and compliant over bumps. One of the reasons that may be the case, this particular Cayenne rode on 19-inch wheels with a least a little tire sidewall, not the up-to-22-inch diameter wheels offered.