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This Used Porsche’s Towing Capacity Puts Some Trucks to Shame

Buying a used Porsche Cayenne Hybrid S is more than just an affordable way to get a high-end luxury SUV. While this capable SUV provides plenty of space and features, it also offers a surprising amount of towing capacity that even rivals some pickup trucks and SUVs. In fact, buying a Porsche Cayenne Hybrid S is one of the most underrated towing options on the market, even though it is an incredibly well-rounded SUV.

How much can a Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid tow?

Towing racing trailers means having to get something beefy, with most enclosed trailers with cars and gear weighing thousands of pounds. But, I didn’t want to find myself driving a truck every day, and I liked the idea of having a luxury SUV. When I stumbled upon a 2011 Porsche Cayenne S hybrid on a few used car websites, I was shocked to see just how many modern-day features the SUV has for the price and age. I was more surprised to see that with the towing option, this spunky luxury SUV can tow up to 7,700-pounds according to cars.com and confirmed by owners in the Porsche Cayenne forums.

A black Porsche Cayenne driving down a dirt road
A black Porsche Cayenne on a dirt road | Isa Foltin Via Getty Images

Towing quality

While many SUVs and trucks have a decent towing capacity, it isn’t all that usual to see higher-end luxury SUVs with such strong capabilities. Prior to testing out the towing quality of my new Porsche Cayenne, I had used several other SUVs to trailer equipment, like a Jeep Wrangler and Ford Expedition. Even knowing how much the Porsche Cayenne could tow, I was surprised by how smooth the ride quality was, even trailering a large ride-on lawnmower down the freeway at highway speeds.

With the adaptive suspension, the Cayenne wasn’t just able to tow, it was able to do so without ruining the quality of the drive.

Raindrops on a Porsche logo on a car in Krakow, Poland, on January 5, 2020.
Porsche logo | Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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Pricing and packages

The 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid is far from the newest SUV on the market, but it isn’t filled with outdated tech. You can often find them in good condition for around $15,000 to $30,000 without losing out on high-tech safety features. Blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control, and even BlueTooth calling and music are easy to find on this used Porsche, making it truly hard to keep in mind how old the car is.

A worker assembles a white Porsche Cayenne
Workers assemble Porsche Cayenne and Panamera cars at an assembly line at the Porsche factory in Leipzig, Germany |Sean Gallup, Getty Images

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