2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel offers sportiness for less


The 2013 Porsche Cayenne has become a familiar sight on the road and maintains the performance and prestige of a Porsche in a family-type vehicle.

Nevertheless, the 2013 Cayenne carries something that's not quite as familiar: diesel power. The diesel engine packs a big wallop yet delivers exceptional fuel economy.

The Porsche is stingy with fuel with EPA estimates of 19 MPG city and 29 MPG highway, a huge improvement over the V8 gasoline-powered Cayenne S.

Diesel fuel often tends to cost more than premium unleaded, but this interesting variation on Porsche's sporty SUV can be a money and resource saver in the long run.

The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel still performs like a Porsche. The diesel engine makes huge amounts of torque to help it leap off the line. Its handling is good, as well as is its stopping, due to its massive brakes.

Other German car brands like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz have already started selling diesel-powered SUVs, but the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel is the sportiest performer.

In Europe, vehicles that combine diesel-power and sportiness have gained much popularity. For example, consumers can buy a Volkswagen GTD in Europe which looks like the GTI that's sold in the United States. The "D" in Volkswagen GTD stands for diesel.

This combination of sporty GTI handling and diesel efficiency has so far stayed overseas, but Volkswagen does sell a lot of cars in the U.S. with the same engine. It's conceivable they could offer the GTD in the U.S. if they think there might be demand for it.

If you're still not convinced that diesel cars can perform well, an Audi dominated endurance racing for many years with diesel power.

As for street cars, the continuing fluctuation in oil prices has many people looking for alternatives to conventional gasoline power.

The fuel-efficient 2013 Cayenne Diesel's starting base price is $55,700.

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