The Porsche Cayenne is a luxury SUV we’ve thoroughly enjoyed since its 2003 debut, and for 2024 it’s getting even better.

This updated third-gen model features a slightly sharper appearance; but as romantic comedies have taught us, it’s what’s inside that counts. The redesigned cockpit boasts a 12.6-inch digital instrument panel and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, both integrated well into the new dashboard. There’s also an optional 10.9-inch display that can stream data and video for the front passenger.

Despite the futuristic focus, there’s a good mix of digital and analog, like the multifunction sport steering wheel complete with a drive mode switch, joined by an updated gear shift on the dash.

And once in gear, you’ll experience one of the updated powertrains. First, there’s a standard 3.0-liter V6, turbocharged for 348 horsepower. The Cayenne E-Hybrid packs the turbo V6 with a new electric motor and battery for a total output of 463 horsepower. The Cayenne S and Turbo GT are both powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, netting 468 horsepower and 650 horsepower respectively.

All models take advantage of new shock absorbers for better handling, aided by optional adaptive air suspension.

STEPHANIE HART: “During my five years at MotorWeek, I have driven a few different Cayenne variants, and I can tell the powertrain and chassis upgrades this time around definitely improve the ride quality. It feels more refined, luxurious and comfortable. I especially noticed that when driving through town and while driving on windy canyon roads. Particularly when it comes to body roll, there was very little.”

Luxury, performance and utility does come at a cost. Expect the 2024 Porsche Cayenne to start around $80,000, the E-Hybrid around $92,000, and near $95-grand for the S. The Turbo GT retails just shy of $200-grand.