'Price Is Right' Contestants to Bid on 'Dream Cars'

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OK, playing "The Price is Right" rules, as close as you can without going over: How much would you expect to pay for a Porsche Cayenne? How about a Range Rover Sport SE? A Maserati Quattroporte S Q4, Tesla Model S or Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster? All next week contestants on the iconic game show will be making bids on that half-million-dollar quintet of luxury vehicles in hopes of hearing Bob Barker … er … we mean, Drew Carey, announce that they've won "A NEW CARRR!!!"

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"Dream Car Week" runs Oct. 13-17 on the four-decade-old-plus shopping-themed game show that asks contestants to wager on the retail price of merchandise in hopes of winning extravagant prizes presented by comely models. The show was famously hosted by Barker from its inception until 2007, when bespectacled comedian and sitcom star Carey succeeded him. The show runs 11 a.m. to noon Eastern Standard Time weekdays on CBS.

By Matt Schmitz | October 10, 2014 | Comments (5)

Wait a Sec, Porsche Has More Plug-Ins Than Toyota?

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Porsche's new 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid with plug-in electric drive is the third plug-in hybrid offered by the performance-luxury automaker, following the exotic 918 Spyder and Panamera S E-Hybrid. All three can drive using electric-only power and once depleted continue driving using the hybrid gasoline/electric powertrain. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid debuts at the Paris Motor Show on Oct. 2 and shoves the automaker into unexpected territory as the self-proclaimed "only manufacturer worldwide to offer three plug-in hybrids," Porsche said in a statement.

Related: 2015 Porsche Cayenne First Look

OK, so we're not exactly talking about mass-market plug-in hybrids, with a starting price of $847,975, including a destination charge, for a 918 Spyder, $97,095 commanded by the Panamera S E-Hybrid or $77,395 for the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. For Porsche, however, the plug-in Panamera has been a hit stateside as 16 percent of Panamera sales are of the EPA-rated 16-mile electric-range hybrid, and Porsche expects the plug-in Cayenne to make up a similar share. The 2015 Cayenne goes on sale starting Nov. 1.

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By Joe Bruzek | September 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Review

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"It's fast, it's rare and it's astonishingly expensive — but the 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is also extremely capable, the apparent answer to the question of what the ultimate Porsche station wagon would look like," says Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman. Read Bragman's review to find out more about Porsche's most popular seller.

2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Expert Review

By Matt Schmitz | September 10, 2014 | Comments (1)

Why My $177,000 SUV's Brakes Squeal, and Why It's Not OK

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I just finished a week in a $177,000 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, the German sports-car maker's top-of-the-line, super-fast twin-turbo V-8-powered SUV. It's a remarkable machine — sleek, ridiculously quick, crazy expensive and possessed of one quality that drove everybody who rode in the machine absolutely nuts. The brakes squealed like a poorly maintained diesel city bus.

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The noise made every stopping event more about figuring out how to modulate the brakes to prevent noise instead of enjoying the amazingly firm and fade-free properties of the huge stoppers. That's not an attribute any car should have let alone a new six-figure one.

By Aaron Bragman | August 26, 2014 | Comments (12)

July's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

Want to buy a small luxury SUV? You're not alone. Two of the fastest-selling cars in the country last month were the all-new 2015 Porsche Macan and the pretty-much-unchanged 2015 Audi Q5.

Related: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: July 2014

The Macan regains the top spot it held back in May, taking just eight days from the day it arrived at a dealer until the day the keys were handed over to a lucky buyer. Ten of the 22 fastest-selling cars were luxury SUVs, while SUVs overall made up 14 of the 22.

While our top cars sold on average in just 12 days, the overall average for all cars in July was 68 days. That's up from 64 days in June and 62 days in July 2013.

By David Thomas | August 1, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Porsche Cayenne First Look

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Competes with: Land Rover Range Rover, Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Looks like: The current Cayenne with slightly different headlights

Drivetrain: 240-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel; 416-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 plug-in hybrid; 420-hp, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6; 520-hp, twin-turbo 4.8-liter V-8; eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Nov. 1

Pricing: $62,695-$114,595 including destination

A redesign of Porsche's most popular model has just been unveiled, updating what has been a surprisingly successful experiment for the German sports car company. The new 2015 Cayenne SUV will hit dealerships on Nov. 1 with a new face, new tail, lightly updated interior and two new powertrains that should serve to separate the truck from the new entry-level Macan SUV.

By Aaron Bragman | July 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

Porsche, Hyundai Top New J.D. Power Study, Volvo and Mitsubishi Sink

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Porsche and Hyundai topped their respective luxury and nonluxury peers in J.D. Power and Associates' 2014 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout study. Volvo and Mitsubishi, respectively, placed last in each group.

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APEAL tries to assess what people like in their cars. This differs from J.D. Power's other major automotive studies, the 90-day Initial Quality Study and three-year Vehicle Dependability Study, which both rate things that went wrong.

For the APEAL study, new-car owners rate their vehicles across 77 areas, and the results give a composite rating on a 1,000-point scale. Not surprisingly, premium brands beat their mass-market counterparts with an average score of 840 points among the study's 12 premium brands while the 20 nonpremium brands average 785 points.

Overall results slipped one point between the 2014 and 2013 APEAL studies, however; J.D. Power notes that in-car technology left some owners less than thrilled.

By Kelsey Mays | July 23, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Porsche Macan: First Drive

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I spent a day driving Porsche's all-new 2015 Macan luxury compact SUV throughout Southern California, up and down the mountain roads of the Angeles Crest Highway and at Willow Springs International Raceway in the high Southern California desert. All in all, the variety of terrain offered plenty of opportunity for the Macan to show off, or to fall short.

Related: 2015 Porsche Macan Photo Gallery (25 Photos)

The Macan Turbo I drove on the way out to Willow Springs had pretty much every box checked: Porsche Active Suspension Management with air suspension ($1,385), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus ($1,490), underbody skid plates ($1,410), adaptive cruise control with Porsche Active Safe ($1,600), Burmester High-End Surround Sound System ($4,290) and the Premium Package Plus with a host of safety and luxury features ($4,660) just to name a few. The Macan Turbo has a starting price of $72,295 (including destination), but with all of these options the price tag inched into "holy cow" territory: $101,325.

On the road the Macan is docile, especially in Normal driving mode. The suspension management system puts the adaptive shock absorbers into a more pliant setting, and the steering was lighter than I would have preferred but was still very accurate and managed to avoid the overboosted, floaty feeling found in less refined electric power steering systems. Moving the Macan into Sport or Sport Plus sharpens the SUV, especially the transmission, which delightfully holds onto lower gears. But it's still a tamer experience than I had envisioned given Porsche's claims.

By Brian Wong | July 14, 2014 | Comments (7)

Porsche Flies, Fiat Flails in 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

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Porsche, Jaguar and Lexus topped J.D. Power's 2014 Initial Quality Study. Porsche and Lexus were among the top three brands in 2013, while Jaguar jumped seven spots to land at No. 2. And at the other end, Fiat, Jeep and Mitsubishi had the worst results. Two of those three — Mitsubishi and Fiat — were among 2013's bottom-feeders.

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IQS, one of several influential J.D. Power studies, is now in its 28th year. It expresses quality as problems per 100 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. A lower score is better. Among 32 brands surveyed this year, Porsche led with just 74 problems — and Fiat was last, at 206.

"Porsche has three vehicles that are best-in-segment," Renee Stephens, vice president of U.S. auto quality at the company, told us. Those include the 911, Panamera and Boxster. Two others — the Cayenne and Cayman — were top nominated in their segments.

By Kelsey Mays | June 18, 2014 | Comments (8)

2014 Porsche Panamera Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the odd-duck exterior styling of Porsche's four-seat hatchback, the 2014 Panamera, will either have high-dollar car buyers flocking or fleeing. Would you spend $80,000 to $250,000 for this top-shelf luxury-sedan competitor? Watch the video and decide.

By Matt Schmitz | June 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

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