I don't know where you are from, but I am fure you have never driven a porche in your lives.. and also that you will never drive one... so don't comment!... I have driven it.. it is not much of anything... it is not worth it...!
I would compare the new Trailblazer SS 395 HP to a degree with the Cayenne for sport SUV's, but definitely not a Land Cruiser! The Range Rover Sport is also nice with its air suspension for high end SUV's, but again not the Land Cruiser. This is performance SUV territory.
What do you expect from a SUV? 0-60 sec. taking 5 g in a 90 deg. corner or what. The TURBO S version it is best SUV money can buy.
I bought a Porsche Cayenne, and I'm having second thoughts on the V6. I should have bought the Cayenne S. This SUV is great! But it has trouble climbing a hill and a bridge. My foot is accelerated all the way to the floor! I think I'd rather get the newer version of the V6. My friend just purchased the 2008 model, and it runs great! I even drove it and the steering felt better than mine.
A friend of a friend has a Cayenne and its different than most SUV's. Most SUV's are based on truck frames. Since Porsche doesn't make trucks, the Cayenne is different. It handles different, looks different, and drives different than any other SUV. It has a different engine than most Porsche's and most other SUV's thus it is either under powered with the 6 cylinder and overpowered with the V8 turbo. The normally aspirated V8 is about perfect, but different than most other SUV's on the market. If you want a different, more expensive SUV, the Porsche Cayenne may be the SUV for you. At least this is what a friend of a friend tells me because frankly, I've never driven a Cayenne and wouldn't own any SUV period. They're just too different from driving a car.
The Cayenne is most definitely the best handling SUV on the market. If it "feels heavy" - well that's because it's a freaking SUV weighing around 4600 lbs and not a 2600 lb Boxster.
I can't speak for all Cayenne models or what options the vehicle the "reviewer" (I use that term loosely) had - but the handling on mine absolutely inspires confidence whether in the twisties or in the snow. Porsche Stability Management and traction control greatly reduces any chance of "hitting a tree". Set the variable suspension to Sport, click to lower the suspension, and I can guarantee it won't feel "like a lemon" over 100mph. In reality, the stability at high speeds makes it almost too easy to break 100mph without realizing it.
Sure, most people aren't going to take the Cayenne off road. But you certainly could do so with confidence. Click to raise the suspension (over 10.5" of adjustability from inside the cockpit). Anti-sway bars can be electronically disconnected for greater wheel articulation. Differential locking. And you can even air-up your tires using the onboard air compressor if you happen to air down prior to trail running (Tread Lightly!).
-2006 Cayenne Turbo S.
I live in the central Rockies. We get snow up here. We have very big hills to climb. I have a 2003 Cayenne S and a 2005 Toyota L.C. They are not in the same class. I have found the Cayenne to be an exceptional SUV, great power, great handling, great comfort, great engineering, no problems. It makes a Toyota L.C. seem pitiful in comparison. I took the Cayenne off road up Elephant hill outside Moab, UT with street tires with no problem. It is the perfect Colorado western slope vehicle and I will drive the wheels off mine then trade it for another one.
I just bought a Cayenne 2006. The car is great. Lot of fun driving it. It is making about 15.5 miles/gallon in the city. Really good (on my point of view) for Sport SUV. It really feels like driving a sport car, not a SUV. I also have a RX350 Lexus. The difference is huge. Each turn, you can feel the car holding on the street. The only aspect that I think need improvement is on the automatic change of gears on low velocity. You feel a bamp instead of a smooth change. Maybe it is even my car, but a friend of mine has the same thing on this Cayenne. Man, the car is GREAT!
I have a Cayenne S, 2008 model, and it's one of the best purchases that I have ever made on a car. I do admit that the fuel consumption may cost a bit more than most SUVs, but it's worth every cent!!! Why complain about fuel consumption when you can afford to own and drive one.