2011 Porsche
Cayenne Turbo
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Traverse LS

2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

8.6

starting from

$105,775

Reasons to buy the Porsche Cayenne Turbo

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Quite powerful
500 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.5"
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Power outlets
Standard
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

8.3

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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Very inexpensive
$30,240
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More passenger seats
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Has 2 rows of seats
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Winner: Cayenne Turbo
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Cayenne Turbo's standard sun roof
  • Leather comes standard on the Cayenne Turbo; the Traverse LS only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Cayenne Turbo's power seats; not available on the Traverse LS
Cost 7.2 vs 10.0
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Winner: Traverse LS
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  • The best price we've seen is $75,535 cheaper (3.5x less), $30,240 vs $105,775
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 15 mpg
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
  • Both have more gears, but the Cayenne Turbo in particular has a wide number
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • The Cayenne Turbo has phenomenal cornering abilities, and the Traverse LS is not bad, either
Overall 8.6 vs 8.3

Luxury Features

Porsche
Cayenne Turbo
2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Cayenne Turbo's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Cayenne Turbo'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 Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Cayenne Turbo; the Traverse LS only offers cloth seats

Cost

Porsche
Cayenne Turbo
2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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MSRP $105,775 vs $30,240 The Traverse LS has a great price, but the Cayenne Turbo is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 17 mpg The Traverse LS has OK city mileage, while the Cayenne Turbo is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Cayenne Turbo's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Traverse LS's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The Cayenne Turbo's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Traverse LS's is very short

Practicality

Porsche
Cayenne Turbo
2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Passengers 5 vs 8 The Traverse LS has lots of passenger seats, but the Cayenne Turbo has very few
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Cargo space 60.2 ft3 vs 116.4 ft3 The Traverse LS has lots of cargo room, but the Cayenne Turbo has very little
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front seats Unknown vs 59.9 ft3
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Base payload capacity 1598 lb vs Unknown
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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 Standard vs Not Available The Cayenne Turbo's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Traverse LS
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navigation system Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the Traverse LS, but the Cayenne Turbo's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Porsche
Cayenne Turbo
2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The Cayenne Turbo 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 None vs OnStar

Crash Test Ratings

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

Performance

Porsche
Cayenne Turbo
2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Horsepower 500 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 281 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Cayenne Turbo is very powerful, while the Traverse LS is only of average power
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Number of gears 8 vs 6 Both have more gears, but the Cayenne Turbo in particular has a wide number
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, quite rare for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None The Cayenne Turbo's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 9.6 lb/hp vs 16.6 lb/hp The Cayenne Turbo is a very sporty car, while the Traverse LS is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Cayenne Turbo has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.1 ft vs 40.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

Porsche
Cayenne Turbo
2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Number of speakers 13 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Cayenne Turbo's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Cayenne Turbo; no amount of money can buy it on the Traverse LS

Road Tests

Porsche
Cayenne Turbo
2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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0-60 mph 4.4 seconds vs 7.9 seconds The Cayenne Turbo has lightning fast acceleration and the Traverse LS is just OK
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Braking distance at 60mph 113 ft vs 141 ft The Cayenne Turbo has extraordinary brakes, but the Traverse LS is quite bad
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 16.2 s @ 87 mph
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Lateral acceleration 0.91 g vs 0.8 g The Cayenne Turbo has phenomenal cornering abilities, and the Traverse LS is not bad, either
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Top speed 172 mph vs Unknown

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