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Unless you are one of the lucky few who own one, it is not everyday you get to drive a Porsche. And somehow even the Cayenne still has that special Porsche feeling, despite what many considered to be a travesty to the brand when they were first introduced. By now, we all know the story: The Cayenne is the bestselling Porsche by far and the vehicle that saved the legendary marque from potential bankruptcy.

But Porsche doesn’t just offer this premium SUV to the extremely rich and well off. The base price of the Cayenne is $56,600, which is by no means extravagant or unobtainable – especially when you price out many luxury and even mainstream SUVs to well equipped or fully loaded prices.

Day by Day Review: 2013 Porsche Cayenne car test drives porsche daily car reviews
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But in typical Porsche fashion, prices can get out of hand rather quickly. If you want any electronic or ‘luxury’ features, they do not come standard and they do not come cheap. My tester is an even rarer six-speed manual Cayenne – how many manual luxury SUVs are there these days anyways… one?

My tester adds some pretty hefty option figures to that base model price. The 20-inch wheels are over $3,500, the dark-blue metallic paint an extra $910, the comfort lighting package $210 (shouldn’t interior accents be standard at this price range?), the Bose audio package over $2,800, rear heated seats (an option that is standard on some compact sedans) an extra $600 and the real whopper – the $8,170 premium package.

What does that premium package give you? Bi-xenon Headlamps including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), electrically operated tilt/slide moonroof, automatically dimming exterior and interior mirrors, PCM with Navigation Module Plus: Front and Rear Park Assist System, Power Steering Plus and 14-way power seats with memory. There are almost all features I’d expect for north of $50k, and they bring the total to over $70k… ouch. This no longer feels like a bargain.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $73,825

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