#5. 2016 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
MPG – 20 City/29 Highway
Power- 245 HP and 406 lb-ft of torque
The only car selling better than the Porsche Cayenne seems to be the Porsche Cayenne Diesel as they quickly sell out as soon as they hit the showroom floor. With a 0-60 time of 7.2 seconds, this diesel isn’t exactly all that slow. If you push it long enough, eventually you’ll hit 135 MPH. Those who have driven the Cayenne Diesel praise the immediacy at which it launches forward from a stop. With a smooth shifting eight-speed automatic, the low rpm nature of the rumbling diesel pairs well with shifting once you get up to highway speeds. This isn’t a diesel that’s meant to be pushed to its limits despite the brand name, it’s more of a highway cruiser.
The exterior of the Porsche Cayenne clearly uses design language from the rest of its lineup. Besides the fact that it weighs more than 5,000 pounds, you’d be hardpressed to know that, given the Porsches overall ride height and sculpted rear shape. Inside, if you’ve driven any Porsche you’ll find all the materials and switch gear recognizable. There’s plenty of rich leather, wood and metal all around you. The Cayenne seats five so this is the perfect vehicle to lug your entire family up the mountains for a quick getaway (or wherever that may be.)
Fun Fact: With a 26.4 gallon fuel tank, the diesel has a potential range of 765 miles on a single tank. That’s the distance from Eureka, California to San Diego, California or roughly the entire span of California from North to South.
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