2011 Porsche
Cayenne
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Traverse LS

2011 Porsche Cayenne

9.8

starting from

$47,675

Reasons to buy the Porsche Cayenne

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.7"
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Power outlets
Standard
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

8.5

starting from

$30,240

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Traverse LS

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Ample cargo space
116.4 ft3
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More passenger seats
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Has 2 rows of seats
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Very inexpensive
$30,240
Luxury Features 7.0 vs 10.0
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  • Leather comes standard on the Cayenne ; the Traverse LS only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Cayenne 's power seats; not available on the Traverse LS
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Winner: Traverse LS
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  • The best price we've seen is $17,435 cheaper (around 40% less), $30,240 vs $47,675
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 15 mpg
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Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features - vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • More gears
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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Overall 8.5 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Porsche Cayenne Porsche
Cayenne
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Cayenne 's power seats; not available on the Traverse LS
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Standard Leather comes standard on the Cayenne ; the Traverse LS only offers cloth seats

Cost

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Porsche Cayenne Porsche
Cayenne
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MSRP $30,240 vs $47,675 The Traverse LS has a great price, but the Cayenne is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 15 mpg The Traverse LS has OK city mileage, while the Cayenne is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The Cayenne 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Traverse LS's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The Cayenne 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Traverse LS's is very short

Practicality

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Porsche Cayenne Porsche
Cayenne
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Passengers 8 vs 5 The Traverse LS has lots of passenger seats, but the Cayenne has very few
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Cargo space 116.4 ft3 vs 62.9 ft3 The Traverse LS has lots of cargo room, but the Cayenne has very little
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front seats 59.9 ft3 vs Unknown
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs 1713 lb
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The Cayenne 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Traverse LS
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Cayenne offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Traverse LS
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Cupholders Unknown vs 4
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Porsche Cayenne Porsche
Cayenne
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 7.8 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 141 ft vs 134 ft The Cayenne 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Traverse LS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.2 s @ 87 mph vs 15.9 s @ 90 mph The Cayenne 's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Traverse LS's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.8 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 142 mph

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Porsche Cayenne Porsche
Cayenne
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Cayenne has a good number of airbags, but the Traverse LS is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Porsche Cayenne Porsche
Cayenne
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Porsche Cayenne Porsche
Cayenne
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Horsepower 281 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 300 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Cayenne is fairly powerful, but the Traverse LS is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Traverse LS's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.6 lb/hp vs 14.7 lb/hp The Cayenne is a sporty car, while the Traverse LS is just average
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Cayenne has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 ft vs 39.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

Chevrolet
Traverse LS
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS
2011 Porsche Cayenne Porsche
Cayenne
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 12
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the Cayenne , you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Cayenne ; but it's not available at all on the Traverse LS

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo 2011 Land-Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged Cayenne Turbo vs Range Rover Sport Supercharged
2011 Porsche Cayenne Placeholder Cayenne vs Q5 Premium Plus
2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo 2012 BMW X6 M Cayenne Turbo vs X6 M
2011 Porsche Cayenne 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Cayenne vs X5 xDrive35i
2011 Porsche Cayenne S 2011 Porsche Panamera S Cayenne S vs Panamera S
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Traverse LS vs Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Traverse LT vs Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 GMC Terrain SLT Traverse LS vs Terrain SLT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ 2011 Buick Enclave CXL Traverse LTZ vs Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Ford Edge SE Traverse LT vs Edge SE

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